Mark Jungers




















Mark Jungers
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Mark and his band exemplify what lies at the heart of the best of Americana: gutsy, unpretentious music with soul and spirit. Mark Jungers was born and raised in a small farming community in Minnesota. When his father died young, Mark and his brothers were left to carry on the family farm or lose it. It was then that the steadfast work ethic of the American farmer was instilled in Mark. Greg Roberts of Country Line Magazine writes "this guy works harder than anybody I've ever seen. The list of clubs he's played looks like the yellow pages; he's everywhere." Jungers was a major player in the mid 80s Austin music scene, playing with a number of different bands including Hell's Cafe and The Masons. In the fall of 1994, he left Texas for Connecticut, where he began a solo career, and where his songwriting really began to prosper. He found regional success as the lead singer of The Motel Preachers, but Texas was calling, and he returned to the Austin area in 1997. The songwriting continued and he soon formed what is now Mark Jungers & The Whistling Mules. 2000 saw the release of Mark's first album, "Black Limousine", which gained him a strong Texas following. 2002 brought forth the second album "Standing in Your Way", and 2004 saw the release of "One for the Crow", which gained Mark national attention. The CD spent 14 weeks on the Americana Chart, 26 weeks on the Roots Music Report, 2 months on the F.A.R. Chart, and reached no. 2 on XM Radio's X-Country Weekly Rank List. Mark's commitment to the art of songwriting remains evident on his fourth release, the self-produced Silos and Smokestacks, released in 2007. The honesty of his songs, in a delivery totally without pretense, captures the true American spirit. "Mark Jungers writes and sings about the type of human condition that is the true reason this country is able to stay on the course of greatness. He's got grease on his hands and dirt and blood on his shirt. He connects, and that what music is supposed to do" says Mattson Rainer, Program Director of KNBT in New Braunfels, Texas. The uniqueness of Mark Jungers' music is well demonstrated by the variety of bills the band has shared. Mark and the Mules have played with Fred Eaglesmith, The Derailers, Guy Clark, Gary P. Nunn, Slaid Cleaves, Slobberbone, Sisters Morales, Trout Fishing in America, Billy Joe Shaver, Charlie Robison, Cory Morrow, The Gourds, Terri Hendrix, and the list goes on. Mark's reputation as one of Austin's premier songwriters continues to grow, as an increasing number of musicians are performing his material. Adam Carroll and Susan Gibson, generally recognized as two of Texas' finest current batch of songwriters, and Canada's Roger Marin frequently collaborate with him on songs. He has also written songs for Sunny Sweeney, who is bursting onto the country scene.
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Average Rating : 0              Total Reviews: 15


Mark Jungers  01/22/2001            
Suzanne Villarico
I am from Nevada, but I love good country music. His lyrics are great and feel so "at home". Freightliner feels so good that I almost believe I am married to a trucker. Jesse James makes me feel as if I was alive during those times and perhaps Jesse was my cousin.
Mark Jungers  11/06/2000            
Janice
Mark does an excellent job of blending different styles that makes listening to his music feel like you have found your way home. He has surrounded himself with some really great talent that keeps the music going from track to track. Each song has strong lyrics woven into the best material that I have heard in quite some time. This CD should be a part of any music fans collection that has a desire to listen to great music.
Mark Jungers  11/03/2000            
jerry Jungers
he is my best uncle that i ahv eever had and i realy liek his calming music he rights thanx mark for everything!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mark Jungers  07/28/2000            
Kevin
This is one of the best CDs that I've bought this year. A friend of mine loaned it to me and I didn't want to give it back. Mark is pretty much an unkown right now but you can't ignore true talent for long. He has influences from Bob Dylan and Steve Earle but his music still sounds original. The CD contains 16 tracks for TEN BUCKS! You can't go wrong here, anyway you look at it!
Mark Jungers  06/16/2000            
Andy Turner
Texas, by way of Minnesota, singer/songwriter Mark Jungers has released an accomplished first solo album, after playing in several Austin-area bands the past few years. Helping him are numerous Austin musicians, including members of Charlie Robison's and Monte Montgomery's bands. The album features 16 well-crafted, instantly appealing songs that should certainly please fans of guys like Greg Trooper, Buddy Miller and Steve Earle. Like those musicians, Jungers writes good songs, tells interesting stories and combines twang and edgy pop with touches of blues, rock and bluegrass. There are no bad tracks, but standouts include "You and the Wind," "Think About You," "What More Can I Do," and "Long Train." The songs have a rich, full sound thanks to the variety of instruments used, including fiddle, banjo, mandolin, steel guitar, piano and hammond B-3. Hopefully, Junger's self-released effort does not slip through the cracks and will lead to much-deserved recognition for a very talented musician.
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