Mark McKinney

Mark McKinney
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Mark McKinney, born and raised in Big Spring, TX, distinguishes himself from the typical “rockin’ country” artist by drawing from a wide range of influences. He credits his father for instilling in him an appreciation for upbeat, energetic songs. He blends his musical tastes as easily as drinking beer and eating barbecue, and he admits to a diverse musical background. “Although I grew up listening to country legends like Willie Nelson and Charlie Daniels, I was also heavily influenced by rock and pop.” This blend of influences has helped secure Mark a unique place on the Texas scene – and helped keep him from getting boxed into one genre. For his debut solo album, Get It On, McKinney took from his own experiences (as well as those of his closest friends and family) to produce a collection of songs that has been appropriately described as “foot-stompin’, sing-a-long, feel-good country with a strong melody.” The album is, in Mark’s own words, “a journey through the mind of a Southern man.” And yet something in the fun and honesty applies to everyone – we can all relate to and take a little something from his music. For Get It On, Mark teamed up with his best friend, Nashville-based producer Rob Dennis, whose production credits include Lynyrd Skynyrd and Cross Canadian Ragweed. Along with producing Get It On, Rob recently formed the independent record label Super Loud Music – the label Mark now calls home. While working on his debut CD, Mark teamed up with Kevin Fowler to write, “What's Your Point”. The song is slated to appear on Kevin's upcoming record. Kevin, who has placed Mark on many of his tour dates, said “Mark McKinney is a great live performer, and that’s why I put him on my shows – because my crowd loves him. His songs are anthems for the working man.” And Kevin Fowler isn’t Mark’s only industry-insider fan. Kyle Cook of Matchbox 20 calls Mark’s live shows ‘phenomenal,’ and believes that Mark’s music “captures the emotion of small town America from coast to coast.” Rick Lovett, president of Winding Road Music, calls Mark “one of today’s hottest, most deserving artists,” and Robert Oermann, music critic for Music Row Magazine, says Mark’s music is “’ragged but right’ in all the best ways” and that “Waylon’s backbeat lives on. Texas music fans seem to agree. Mark’s first single, “Comfortable In This Skin,” has been a staple on the Texas Music Chart, and has gotten enough attention to earn Mark a spot on stage at the first annual Big State Festival at the Texas World Speedway in October – alongside such country giants as Willie Nelson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Tim McGraw. Mark has enjoyed a summer fully booked with tour dates in Texas and Oklahoma, and a tour-heavy fall is in his future. He will even be making a headlining appearance at Billy Bob’s in Ft. Worth. Whether on the radio or on the stage, Mark McKinney is proving himself a force to be reckoned with. Honesty, energy, homegrown country and a little bit of rock-n-roll are hard to argue with – and Mark is quite comfortable in that skin.
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08/20/2010 - Mark McKinney Heads For ‘Home' With Third CD Release And Tour - Read More
03/21/2008 - McKinney lights up Texas music with his new single! - Read More
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Average Rating : 0              Total Reviews: 40

Mark McKinney  09/06/2007            
My husband and I bought the CD at a local show and now we fight over who has it in the car. We are going to have to by another one. The music is AWESOME, full of heart and energy and you can tell these guys love what they do. Their music can put you in a great mood. If you dont have the CD you need to go and get it!
Mark McKinney  09/06/2007            
The music on this album is so full or heart and energy. Mark and the guys are so down to earth and you can tell they love what they do and are having fun. Their music is passionate and unique. I bought their cd at a local show and they are great! If you don't have this cd then you are missing out.
Mark McKinney  09/06/2007            
They are hands down one of the best bands in Texas. The songs are real and the energy is even better! Its like everyone can relate to at least one song on the cd. I love it!!
Mark McKinney  09/05/2007            
jason m
Worst buy in awhile, songs have absolutely nothing to them, could've come from Nashville.
Mark McKinney  08/30/2007            
Wow, This is heads and tails the best artist in the Texas scene. Comfortable in this Skin is my new favorite song. I saw Mark last night at the county line in San Antonio and he kicked ass!
Mark McKinney  08/29/2007            
By far one of the best up and coming Texas Country artists. There is no way that anyone will be disappointed with this CD. Get It On!!
Mark McKinney  08/27/2007            
I just got this in the mail and I love it. Can't stop playing it. Especially love "bonfire". Check it out!!!
Mark McKinney  08/23/2007            
All of Mark's music is true and most of it is totally rockin' even though even though it is classified as country. I absolutely love it and it speaks to me on a personal level. You can tell he is rooted in true Texas Music. Mark is going to be the next great artist to hit it Big Time following in the steps of the wonderful and talented Jack Ingram. Mark has a true voice with just a touch of grit to it. Plus he is smoking hot and good to look at.
Mark McKinney  08/23/2007            
This is a bad a$$ album. Great lyrics and great sound. Mark McKinney is keepin it real texas style. you can't not love this music.
Mark McKinney  08/21/2007            
His music takes me back to the good ol-days of High School parties, and hangin with my buds out at the lake, the back 40, or where ever we parked at.
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