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The Poet

by Mark Gothard

Songs with the hope of John Lennon, the sorrow of Leonard Cohen, the truth of Tom Waits, and the balls of Johnny Cash.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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1. Timbuktu
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2. Painted Stars
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3. Pocketchange
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4. Perfectly Imperfect
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5. Miles Away
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6. Jesse James
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7. Smoke
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8. Here In Memphis
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9. 4 Day Rain
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10. Let's Take A Ride
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Album Notes
Mark Gothard admits he has been around the block a few times already.

This native Californian singer-songwriter has lived all across the United States, and everywhere he’s gone he’s taken his guitar and his imagination and created music.

Now, with his fifth full-length album, Mark Gothard has made the best music of a career that is already full of highlights. He has written more than 300 songs over 20 years, some dark, some full of hope, all touched with a melancholy that the greats all manage to conjure.

‘The Poet’ – recorded by award-winning producer Lauren Stalnecker – is in many ways the culmination of a life on the road, searching for the great American song.

Like the best idiosyncratic songwriters since time immemorial, Gothard packs his songs with stories from a rich and varied existence.

He channels the spirit of Neil Young, Bob Dylan and, most of all his great musical hero Tom Waits into the songs on ‘The Poet’. Yet this is not music that apes those that have come before him. Like all the true artists, Gothard is an original.

Just as Woody Guthrie travelled across America looking for stories to set his guitar upon, so has Gothard. He has lived in concrete jungles and country wildernesses, and each has informed a different part of his creativity.

Assisted for the first time by truly top class production, ‘The Poet’ is not only the best album made by the latest great songwriter of his generation, but is sure to be one of the best albums of the year.

This is music for real music lovers. Enjoy it over and over again…


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Markus Druery

"This latest release from Mark Gothard is very entertaining - end of subject."
The Artist I recently checked out the latest CD from California based Singer/Songwriter/Composer Mark Gothard entitled "The Poet" (2012). This is his 5th release to date. I normally put information on any band members involved her but there is no information provided anywhere on the CD.

The band Gothard plays guitar and sings throughout the musical presentation. His playing abilities are solid across the board. I would say he possesses intermediate playing abilities with advance songwriting skills. Timing seems to be spot on within the trippy-psychobilly grooves. Gothard manages to hold his head above water vocally. This format matches the trippy sometimes mysterious music perfectly. The music The music possesses a highly original, alternative-country, folksy edge. Lyrical content is a big mystery wrapped up inside an eccentric enigma - highly entertaining to say the least. The songs The songs themselves are clearly above average even flirt with brilliant. The vibe simply put - this CD will keep you guessing, scratching your head but highly entertained all at the same time. The songs are fascinating yet captivating delivering up dark, unpredictable, melancholy overtones. The production The production is lacking and falls short of the professional grade bar. The good Honorable mentions go out to Gothard and company for not being afraid to let it all hang out musically. Gothard is highly creative artist and is not trying to be some popish artist striving for mass appeal, instead he is clearly being himself musically. In this world of overly corporate entertainment MArk Gothard definitely stands out from other artists in a good way. My favorite track on the CD is "Timbuktu" The bad Overall sound quality is a bit foggy and simply doesn't stack up to other top flight releases within the genera. CD also spreads itself way to thin musically. To many different styles of music, to many directions pulling at you simultaneously. The ugly Nothing to report.

The verdict This latest release from Mark Gothard is very entertaining - end of subject. For the record this is a step in the right direction from his lat effort. The songwriting - clearly above average and strongly personifies the mysteries of the human spirit. Like I said earlier, i really enjoyed the tripped-out musical eccentricity of Gothard. Fans of Alternative Rock with s psychedelic twist will love this one. The Bottom Line If you are looking for dark, psychedelic and trippy music to push you even further into the abyss - look no further you found Mark Gothard.

Markus Druery

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Mindy McCall

"Mark Gothard is...comparable to a musical time capsule."
Newsflash: Mark Gothard just released his latest CD “The Poet” in 2012 – by Mindy McCall

Have you ever heard an artists that successfully took you back in time. Most modern artists are trying really hard to sound cutting edge and compatible to a mass audience. But every now and then you come across artist that breaks the mold and is could care less about this shallow marketability angles.Californiabased Singer/Songwriter Mark Gothard is one of those artists and is comparable to a musical time capsule.

“The Poet” is his latest of 5 releases to date and it has much to commend it. Admittedly, there is a whole lot of variety to these arrangements and performances. The result though is far from a self-indulgent ego trip for it, instead, is a moving and elegiac artistic statement from start to finish. This is not a-typical Ramon Noodle Country-Folk-Pop. instead Mr. Gothard could be classed as a 4 genera artist: Alternative Rock, Folk, Country, Singer/Songwriter-Pop. He’s one writer that has way too much precision and clarity to live in the shadows with a poetic splendor. Indeed this is clearly evident in songs like “Here inMemphis” and “Let’s Take a Ride” which methodically ups the ante to a very respectable level of catchy-folk-earthy musical craftsmanship and impressive creativity. The music not so commercially viable, but amazing witty nonetheless with a unique sound that takes us back to the days of classic Johnny Cash and Buddy Holly. In a nutshell this is Johnny Cash meets Stan Ridgeway (wall of Voodoo). I might add not every square inch is filled with a vocal delivery under duress – but musical moments that allow the music to just breathe on its own. This is music that is not so easy to pin down during the first listen, but rather a CD blessed with a wide variety of taste and wise old musical exuberance.

I would imagine in time we will hear more from Gothard in the future. No doubt he has carved a very marketable niche for himself. I can honestly say this is one artist that clearly gives you a musical snapshot that is highly original, unique and dare I say takes us back a few years. In the end it’s “music you would hear gathered ’round a fire while hopping a boxcar on a Northbound train.” Need I say more.

Rating: 4/5


Timbuktu is AWESOME!
Just a part of Wildy Haskell's review of this song " The gently non-descript arrangement falls somewhere between adult pop and Americana without ever fully defining itself, but the end result is exceedingly pleasant to the ears" Again AWESOME son Mark!

Rick G

Love your song Timbuktu!
Check out this review from Matthew Forss Orchestral strings bleed into a folksy and rootsy guitar line with percussion shakers and a gruff, southern voice and fluid chimes. The keyboard washes and ambulating drum-kit represent an Americana background—not the African region the song is named after" Hope you like it Mark!!