Album

Crystallized Reflections

Mark Henes

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The Nashville troubadour takes listeners on a journey to the heart of American music.

Mark Henes has spent years performing around Nashville’s music scene, cultivating a loyal following with his genre hopping, Americana influenced sound. Now he is finally ready to formally introduce himself to the world with the release of his debut album “Crystallized Reflections,” which features thirteen stellar tracks that touch on everything from country and soul to punk.

Lead single “Ghost Train” kicks things off. A haunted ode to lost love, the song takes its influence from the outlaw country of the seventies, with a hard edged sound held together by Henes’ booming baritone. Mark immediately starts to show his versatility as he switches gears on album highlight “I Pray, I Pray,” in which he is backed by a soulful horn section. The acoustic guitar driven “The Underground” channels Johnny Cash. “I am traveling to the north country,” he sings mournfully, as a string section sets the mood behind him.

There are many artists out there who can play multiple genres, but very few who can do it as convincingly as Henes. This is best exemplified by “Strip Me Down,” in which the young songwriter shows off a completely different side of his artistry. An energetic pop punk song that would sound right at home on the Warped Tour, it shows Mark at his most confrontational, with a hook that gets stuck in your head right away and stays there for weeks.

Across thirteen songs, Mark rarely repeats himself stylistically, but the entire album is held together by his commanding voice and thematic consistency. On “Arm Full Of Roses,” he slows things down again, with a comforting ballad that might have sounded at home on vintage FM radio in the sixties. The reverb heavy guitars and doo wop harmonies enhance the retro magic of the production, before giving way to chugging blues rock of “Death Was The Penalty,” in which Mark plays the role of convicted criminal as a wall of guitars provides the soundtrack for his getaway.

By the time Henes gets to album closer “Tennessee Hills,” with its old time fiddles and banjos, the listener gets the sense they’ve spent the past hour or so driving slowly across the middle of the country, exchanging stories and songs with a childhood friend. “Crystallized Reflections” is a truly one of a kind album from an artist who is just getting started on his musical journey.

“Crystallized Reflections” is available everywhere Oct 30, 2020

Expected release: October 30, 2020

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Singles

Arm Full Of Roses

Mark Henes

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The latest from the singer/songwriter showcases his gift for tender balladry.

In his still young career, Mark Henes has put his own unique stamp on everything from country to punk, bringing new inspiration to America’s most beloved genres. Now with ‘Arm Full of Roses,’ he shows off his natural songwriting abilities with a romantic country ballad.

Stripped down to the bare essentials, Henes’ strong baritone takes center stage on this track. The minimalist production enhances the purity of the songwriting, as Henes’ warm and comforting lyrics guide the way through doo-wop harmonies and reverb heavy guitar.

With ‘Arm Full of Roses,’ Henes furthers his case as one of the more interesting songwriters in Nashville. It is sure to win over new audiences while leaving loyal listeners wondering what’s next.

Mark will be celebrating this release with a performance at Douglas Corner Cafe in Nashville on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020.

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Ghost Train

Mark Henes

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Mark Henes revels in the grittiness of early Americana, something that many people find missing from the current Nashville scene. With “Ghost Train,” he aims to bring back that rough and tumble spirit, singing a song that wouldn’t sound out of place in the catalog of greats like Cash and Kristofferson.

Accompanied by a gently prodding banjo with dark fiddle melodies weaving in and out of the mix, Henes brings the nocturnal scene to life with his keen eye for detail. “Yes I’m calling you to ride that ghost train back home,” he sings, with his voice full of longing and conviction. The performance is as pure and emotional as anything you’ll find in the Americana genre.

With his growing reputation as a songwriter and performer, songs like “Ghost Train” are destined to find a broad audience.

“Ghost Train” is available everywhere now.

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Strip Me Down

Mark Henes

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Known for his ability to seamlessly shift from genre to genre, Mark Henes has established himself as a versatile and reliable performer with a deep knowledge of American music. With the casual defiance of “Strip Me Down” he embraces the golden era of pop punk, adding to his already impressive catalog.

One of Henes’ great strengths is his ability to create instantly memorable hooks. That ability is on full display here, as he sets up a huge chorus over a wall of gritty power chords. “How do you have the nerve to walk around the way you do,” he sings his voice full of conviction and confrontation. The message is simple and direct, showing a young artist at the peak of his powers. “Strip Me Down” is available everywhere now.

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