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Blood & Treasure (2008)
Paul Mark & the Van Dorens
Produced by Paul Mark and Jeff Powell
Recorded in Memphis, TN
"Blood & Treasure...Electrifying...Exceptional musicianship, witty songwriting, and a unique sound rooted in blues." - Blues Revue Magazine (Read Full Article)
The beat goes on...Blood & Treasure is the highly-anticipated follow-up to Mark’s celebrated 2006 release Trick Fiction. Barroom tested and road-weary tuff, the band weaves stellar songwriting and a smashing live band sound with blithe disregard for the tepid conformity of today’s corporate music playlists. The new release builds on Paul Mark’s word-of-mouth legacy with a live, no-holds-barred roots rock sound. This is emotional, thinking-person’s music that overlays a contemporary singer/songwriter sensibility on to the Americana legacy of blues, soul and raucous rock’n roll.
Cut in Memphis, Tennessee at legendary Ardent Studios, Blood & Treasure was co-produced by Paul Mark and Jeff Powell (Big Star, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Afghan Whigs, B.B. King, The Bottle Rockets). This is Mark’s seventh CD on the NYC-based indie label Radiation Records.
James Strain - Bass
Harry Peel - Drums
Rick Steff - Hammond organ, piano
Susan Marshall, Jackie Johnson - Background vocals
P.Mark - Vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica, percussion