Written by Fense
Mark Mathis is definitely a folk artist, as represented in the twangy (what sounds like a) mouth harp in We Both Was Young opener “Sharecropper Takes A Colored Wife” and dual banjos in “Prenup”.
From a grammatical and thematic standpoint, this also rings true—there’s a very back-country feel to every song Mathis touches. But there’s also a soulful element that touches Mathis’ vocal parts, and a country sound in the slide guitar that pops up here and there.
His voice is low and emotional—you can’t help but feel moved when he croons Well I hope that you find / Love in the afterlife from “Love In The Afterlife”. It makes him appear a poet, romantic, and just a bit hopelessly so.
We Both Was Young is out now on Freshwater Records.
Mark Mathis: Love In The Afterlife [mp3]
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Mark Mathis: Oh King [mp3]
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