“The Advertiser” (UK) 3 February 2012
By Pete Smith
Mark Wayne Glasmire
Mark Wayne Glasmire really knows the music business. Raised in Pennsylvania he became involved in music when his parents bought him a guitar for Christmas when he was ten. Completing his college studies Mark tried Nashville where he gained a following but no record deal so after plugging away for a few years he moved to Arlington in Texas. Here he worked with such top acts as Guy Clark and Dierks Bentley and released his acclaimed album “Life Goes On”. Now, with world-wide recognition for his superb vocals, great guitar picking and songwriting skills, Glasmire is truly on the way up. The latest project is a mini album titled “MWG””, a collection of top drawer originals that, on occasion, brought back memories of the past. “I Like You” is a simple and utterly charming ode to love that recalled for me Gilbert O’Sullivan whilst “The Moment” is definitely one for fans of the late great John Denver. As if to emphasise he is not just a ballad singer Glasmire includes “She’s Got It All”, a great country rocker. My top favourite track though has to be “Last Of A Dying Breed” a beautifully constructed song that bemoans the loss of true family values. Mark Wayne Glasmire is definitely going places. Do not miss this one. www.cdbaby.com/glasmire3
Mark Wayne Glasmire: Press
By Joe Ross(Roots Music Review)
5.0 out of 5 stars
His heart does the talking, December 20, 2011
Always keeping his own "eyes on a brand new horizon," Mark Wayne Glasmire's journey has taken him to Pennsylvania, New York, Tennessee and Texas. It's because the guitarist, songwriter and singer is out of his mind over music. He believes good songs can make a difference in the world. When you hear the seven on "MWG," you'll realize that it's his heart doing the talking as he sings a fun, self-penned song such as "I Like You." In fact, much like the songs on his 2000 album (All of My Heart), he continues to show his affinity for imaginative writing about relationships. Then he delivers the songs with wisdom, commitment and personality. A full cast of country session players help him maximize the songs' emotional gravity. While his acoustic guitar may have natural mahogany or rosewood tones, there's also no denying the earthiness of Glasmire's vocal ambiance. "Last of a Dying Breed," for example, is an assertive statement about working hard, self-reliance, accountability and compassion.
If there's an anthem for the up-and-coming country musician and his study, self-assured music, then it's "Now I Believe." Written as a love song, it exudes a level of confidence that should bring him many "bright, sunny crystal clear days" in all aspects of his life and career. As "The Moment" brings this showcase EP to closure (just as he does with his live shows), Glasmire expresses a bit of self-doubt and apprehension but also optimism and gratitude as he contemplates his life's direction. He says, "So I thank you for taking a moment, And listening to me sing my songs, I hope that the words will stay with you, When I'm gone ..." The music left me smiling, and I'm sure it will do the same for you. Mark Wayne Glasmire has a fairly modest goal of simply being able to make a living with his music. With this new album release, the grand prize winner in the county song division of the 2010 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest is well on his way.
Mark Wayne Glasmire —Mark Wayne Glasmire (Traceway Records)
by Maurice Hope on December 11, 2011
MWG learnt his trade playing folk in New York before relocating to Nashville to play at country singer-songwriter venues such as, the Bluebird Café prior to his move to Arlington, Texas. To start we have the punchy, lyric revealing blue-collar ‘Last Of A Dying Breed’ before dropping into, like it was second nature to him a Jimmy Buffett-esque rhythm for the instantly, addictive ‘I Like You’. It has ‘hit’ written all over it and for 3.24 minutes it takes you back to the late 1970s when Buffett was at the top of his game down in Florida Keys. Magical! As for its predecessor it too grabbed ay my attention such its driving rhythm and use of Dobro (Wanda Vick; she also plays banjo, bouzouki, fiddle and mandolin on the record).
Supplementing his loose, give me a groove and I shall cling to it Mark Wayne also provides the gentle, story-ballad ‘Going Home’, dreamy reflective ‘The Last Goodbye’ and with harmonica, chugging keyboards and killer rhythm ‘She’s Got It All’. Another radio and dance floor friendly song that suits his style perfectly. It even has the briefest snatch of the Beatles’ ‘Love Me Do’ sound to it, and other flavours from the era too! Nice one, Mark! As for the song ‘I Believe’ it finds him in great voice as he weaves a hypnotic like feel (akin to the vocal sound of one Lee Greenwood of the 1980s).
To close the seven-track record, MWG eases regal fashion on the likewise contemporary country piece ‘The Moment’. A wistful affair it is held, nicely together by piano and dobro as he binds country and pop with a grace that though leaning, heavily on the later there is still sufficient here for country followers. His vocals posses a wonderful timbre that reaches deep down into the soul. Especially, in today’s world for here is a man who could well grow and become a fixture in country music. There is no doubt he has the talent. All he needs is keep writing material suitable for his expressive singing voice.
12/20/11 TRACEWAY MARK WAYNE GLASMIRE: Remember those Gulf War era songs you want to forget that made hit records but killed the careers behind them? If Glasmire was around then, we would have had lasting period music that didn’t sound like it was ultimately made for Chevy commercials. Loaded with the kind of heartland grit that Springsteen claims to be selling us, whether singing about home, country or other stuff, if Glasmire isn’t writing from the heart he’s the best bullshit artist to come along in quite some time. Kick ass heartland stuff that leaves you wanting more. 2012
Mark Wayne Glasmire’s Favorite Christmas Memory
“I moved to Texas, from Nashville, in 2005 after having gone through a long and difficult divorce. I left behind virtually everything I had worked for over the previous 25 years. It was a difficult time for me, one of the loneliest of my life. For the first few years I wouldn’t even decorate for Christmas. It was easier to cope with memories of the season, by not really going all out. I had a girl friend so I would help her decorate her home and enjoyed doing that, but when I would come back to my apartment it was always just plain like any other day of the year. It took a while but I eventually got back on my feet financially. After a few years I managed to buy a new home. I moved in March of that year but had no intentions of changing “new” holiday routine of keeping it plain and simple. That December I was traveling several days a week so outside of buying gifts, it was easy to just forget about the holiday and dressing up the house. Christmas was only a few days away and one night I came home after having been out of town for several days. As I drove up I noticed a light on inside. When I walked in there was the most beautiful Christmas tree I had ever seen. My girl friend had come into my house, while I was gone, bought a tree, set it up and decorated it so that it would be there to welcome me home. It wasn’t very big or very colorful or covered with fancy ornaments but its beauty was overwhelming. It was an amazing moment for me and I don’t think I have ever felt loved as much as I did that day. I just sat there crying like a baby. It was by far, one of the best Christmas’s of my life.” — Mark Wayne Glasmire
About Mark Wayne Glasmire
Mark Wayne Glasmire is happier than he’s ever been. His new, seven-song EP, GOING HOME, is due out this Fall, and the project has already given the resident of Arlington, Texas a #1 European single (“I Like You”). “I’m in a really good place right now,” says the personable singer/songwriter. “I’m spending a lot more time on my music – a luxury I’ve never had before.” For Glasmire, the extra hours spent advancing his career are exciting and invigorating. “I really believe that music is my life’s purpose, and I feel that GOING HOME shows that more than anything I’ve done before,” he explains.
Mark’s last CD, the critically-acclaimed LIFE GOES ON (2009) gave him several hits: “You Opened My Eyes” held the #1 spot on the International Country HotDisc Chart for a total of four weeks and performed well on the national U.S. Music Row Chart, while “Everything Is Gonna Be Alright” was a favorite at country radio around the globe. “LIFE GOES ON was a good album,” Mark says. “But I think this new EP is even better.”
GOING HOME showcases this artist in top form: the songs are well-written and Mark’s vocals are stellar. His crisp, clear tenor rises effortlessly, hitting the high notes with confidence and energy, while he artfully addresses the more tender ballads with emotive ease. Co-produced by Glasmire and John Albani (Steve Azar, Monty Holmes, Randy Boudreaux), the EP features A-list Nashville pickers, along with Mark’s signature guitar work. “It was truly a labor of love,” Mark says. “There’s a certainty and commitment that I think come across in the music.”
The title track, a poignant ode to “home” and the comfort that can only be found there, was inspired by a conversation Mark had with a good friend who was retiring after a long career in the U.S. Marine Corps. The wide-open chorus gives Mark’s powerful voice a chance to shine, and the lyrics are those of a writer at the peak of his talent. “We were talking about where he’d been and where he was headed,” Mark comments. “His story really moved me.”
“I Like You” is a lighthearted song á la Jimmy Buffett. It immediately brings to mind swaying palm trees, warm breezes and sunny days. “It’s a simple song,” Glasmire concedes with a grin. “But people like to feel good – and this song always leaves them smiling.”
Mark lets his personal opinions show on the driving “Last Of A Dying Breed.” He calls it his “soap box” song, and explains that he was raised “differently” than many young folks today. “Accountability was important to my Dad,” Glasmire notes. “And he made sure that I knew the importance of a good work ethic, honesty and compassion.”
The sweet simplicity of “The Last Goodbye” (co-written with Craig Holland) offers a unique, hooky twist and an addictive, slow-building melody. The track offers a counter-point for the harder-driving “She’s Got It All,” which Glasmire co-wrote with Tom Guardino. The song showcases Mark’s country/rock side, offering a Brooks & Dunn feel, a popping electric guitar lick, a razor-sharp harmonica riff and a lyric that tells the tale of a girl in red Dingo’s and a faded blue-denim coat; a truck-stop meeting, and a love affair.
The more serious “The Moment” is one of Mark’s favorite compositions. The road not taken and things left unsaid are pondered here. “I close every show with this song,” Mark explains. “Athletes always talk about ‘being in the moment’,” he adds. “I know what they mean because I experience that whenever I step on the stage. You can’t explain this to someone who’s never felt it, but that doesn’t make it any less real.”
Track seven is the bonus, “Now I Believe.” Co-written with Lucas P. Gravell, the song offers listeners what may be Glasmire’s best vocal performances to date, with a lush chorus and uplifting lyrics sweetening the deal.The track reached the #15 spot on the International Country HotDisc chart last year.
“I’m excited about this whole project in a way that’s hard to convey,” Mark observes. “This is my moment, and I’m giving my heart and soul to it.”
Raised in a strict, faith-filled home, commitment and hard work are tenets that Glasmire understands. His first 14 years were filled with church activities. “My mom sang in the choir, and the church was really our whole social life,” he adds. In the steel town of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Mark’s blue-collar world revolved around a piano-playing dad who worked up to three jobs at a time to provide for his family.
His parents gave Mark his first guitar for Christmas the year that he turned 10, and it was a pivotal moment in his young life. “That was the moment that I knew music was what I wanted to do.” Although his high school years were filled with athletics and work – not music, Mark returned to his guitar, and his dream, as soon as he was able. College saw him singing in coffee houses while earning a Business Administration degree. He also learned one of show biz’s hardest lessons: You don’t make much money until you reach the “big leagues.”
For years, Glasmire worked a “real job” and put music on the back burner. But he always strove to improve; he studied the business end of things, wrote constantly and sang every chance he got. Mark gained experience in New York City’s folk scene and at Nashville’s storied writer’s nights (Bluebird Cafe, Exit-In, Wildhorse Saloon). He lived in Music City for several years before he moved to Arlington, Texas.
“I was a little disillusioned,” Mark confesses, after several years in Nashville without a major-label deal in hand. “But I kept after it.” Glasmire became a popular fixture in the Texas market, opening for Guy Clark, Dierks Bentley and other top-tier acts. With the release of LIFE GOES ON, Mark secured a place in the spotlight; he enjoyed several hits, and won several songwriting competitions. His awards include First Place Honors in: B. W. Stevenson Memorial Songwriting Competition – Dallas, TX, Dallas Songwriters Association Int’l Songwriting Competition – Dallas, TX and GINA/LAWIM Songwriting Competition - Los Angeles, CA. Mark took the Grand Prize in the County Song division of the 2010 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest (held at Merlefest).
Now he hopes that GOING HOME will help to further nurture the dream. “Hey, I don’t need to be a household name to make a living with my music,” Mark stated on a recent blistering-hot Texas day. “But I’m going on several major radio promo tours, I have a new video, and I’m putting everything I can into this project to take things to the next level.” For Mark Wayne Glasmire the time is now, the vehicle is GOING HOME, and it should drive him to the top – where he deserves to be.
Mark Wayne Glasmire writes and sings with a depth of understanding that only a dashing, well-traveled troubadour can. It is obvious that he’s lived life to the fullest – and taken notes along the way. His newest CD, LIFE GOES ON, is a 12-song disc that includes 10 originals and two outside tunes. Mark’s lyrics run the gamut from heartache and jubilation; despair and love, disappointment and hope. His voice is a full-bodied, yet crisp tenor reminiscent at times of an early John Denver or a modern-day Collin Raye, but it is distinct and different – and immediately identifiable. Intriguing and hypnotic melody lines recapture the halcyon days of James Taylor and Pure Prairie League; gentle country ballads are interspersed with mid-tempo odes, but each song carries its own original message. “Most of what I write comes from my own life experience,” Mark says from his Arlington, Texas home. “Occasionally, I’ll take inspiration from a friend’s situation, but mostly my songs reflect what I’m going through.”
Whether the topic is a new romance (as reflected in the lyrics of “You Opened My Eyes”), or the eternal hope that shines in “Shelter From The Storm,” each song is embodied with a whimsical (and often intricate) melody that perfectly supports the song’s message.
On “Everything Is Gonna Be Alright,” the disc’s first single release, Glasmire takes on the current negative job and housing markets and gives us hope, reminding us that love and faith will see us through even the hardest times. “I wrote it about a childhood friend of mine who fell on hard times during the first job ‘crisis’ back in the 90s,” Mark says. “It was rough for awhile, but he never quit believing. Now he’s the senior vice president at a huge company.”
Faith was instilled in Mark at an early age and his first 14 years were filled with church activities. “My mom sang in the choir, and the church was really our whole social life,” he adds. In the steel town of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Mark grew up with a piano-playing dad who worked up to three jobs at a time to provide for his family. “Dad had a construction company that did a lot of infrastructure work for the city,” Glasmire notes. “I worked for him during summers in high school and on into college and after.” The company excavated for major projects such as sewer lines; water mains; sidewalks; curbs and more. It was often feast or famine, but his dad never quit. “He passed away in 2007, and there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think of him,” says Mark, who wrote the CD’s “Missing You” in memory of his father.
His parents gave him his first guitar for Christmas the year that Mark turned 10. “I’d heard The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show,” Mark says. “That was the moment that I knew music was what I wanted to do.” A few lessons later, Glasmire set down the guitar, but remained enthralled by the music of the day. His range of influences encompasses the “greats” of that time period, and includes: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Jim Croce and Harry Chapin.
His high school years were filled with athletics and work – not musicianship, so it wasn’t until college that he picked up the guitar again. “I’d sit in the dorm’s bathroom and play,” he says with a laugh. “The acoustics were amazing!” Long lines would form just to hear him play, and once his girlfriend convinced him to step out onto a “real” stage, life as he knew it was over. “I was so hooked,” Mark says. “My shyness just evaporated. I loved it.” Glasmire finished college with a degree in Business Administration – about as far from music as he could get. But he’d already learned one of the hardest lessons in show biz: It doesn’t pay much until you reach the “big leagues.” Mark wanted to have a chance at music, and he knew he’d have to support himself until his “break” came along. No big deal to this son of a blue-collar working man.
During the 80s, Mark commuted back and forth from Bethlehem to New York City, landing gigs at such prestigious venues as Folk City, The Speakeasy and The Bottom Line. It was during this hyper-creative period that he self-produced and recorded his first CD, SAD SONGS. Glasmire worked construction by day, but at night he chased the dream – sharing the stage with many well-known acts, such as Tom Paxton, Arlo Guthrie, Tracy Chapman, Suzan Vega and Gordon Lightfoot. He also recorded an EP, THE SUN, THE MOON and THE SEASONS, with three friends, and recalls those years as “eye-opening times.”
His experiences in New York helped hone his writing and performing skills, and by 1995, Mark was ready for a move to Nashville. “It’s a great town,” Glasmire states. “But it’s hard to break through.” Glasmire recorded his second CD shortly after moving to Music City, a solo outing called ALL OF MY HEART. The disc was well-received, garnering airplay in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, but a major deal remained just out of reach. He got close, however, landing an audition for Asylum Records. “I’d formed a trio called Borderline by that time,” Mark recalls. “Basically, they loved us – right up until they didn’t. We were ‘too old’ and missing a ‘marketable image.’ It was a setback emotionally when they didn’t offer us a deal.” Ah — but LIFE GOES ON.
So, with his confidence shaken “just a bit,” Mark took a job as Construction Manager for a large, company that required him to travel constantly. “I made it clear to them that music was still my first love, and I spent a lot of time commuting between Nashville and Dallas.” He performed at various Nashville writers’ nights, including The Bluebird Cafe, Exit-In, Wildhorse Saloon and 3rd & Lindsley as his “day job” allowed. But the strain of work and travel took a toll on his marriage, and Mark and his wife eventually divorced. Nashville radio stations were just beginning to play his songs, but he was on the move, headed to a new home in Dallas – and leaving his heart in Music City.
Glasmire might have left Nashville – but he didn’t leave the music behind. He recorded his third CD, SCRAPBOOK, in 2006, and began entering – and winning songwriting competitions. His awards include First Place Honors in: B. W. Stevenson Memorial Songwriting Competition – Dallas, TX, Dallas Songwriters Association Int’l Songwriting Competition – Dallas, TX and GINA/LAWIM Songwriting Competition – Los Angeles, CA.
A mutual friend introduced Glasmire to John Albani (Steve Azar, Monty Holmes, Randy Boudreaux) and suddenly things just “clicked.” “It was magical. He’s amazing to work with, and is so talented,” Mark says of his co-producer on LIFE GOES ON. “John has a way of pulling out the best in me.” Their collaboration is already bringing Glasmire accolades, and he’s recently shared the stage with Guy Clark and Dierks Bentley. “I know this is my best project to date,” says Mark. “And I really believe that this is my moment. I hope my fans agree.”
Glasmire may have taken the road less traveled to reach this point in his career, and there have been more than a few obstacles in his path, but LIFE GOES ON.
"If "Going Home" strikes a chord with our listeners the way it did with me personally, Mark has a hit on his hands! As I listened, I could see deployed soldiers returning home, or estranged family members reconciling their differences and being welcomed back into the family, and even on a spirtual level- each of us "going home"."
MARK WAYNE GLASMIRE
Singer-songwriters are the backbone to the country music industry and true life stories brought to life in songs is what country music is all about. The song in most cases is the important ingredient, so if you have a writer who can put a fantastic story across in just a few verses and a chorus, then you're on your way to success in the business. Mark is such a writer who knows all about his craft and as a singer as well, he can interpret his music in exactly the way he created it. His latest single is "I Like You", one of the catchest songs from any genre on the planet right now. This Americanact is using this song as the opening plug track from his upcoming Album.
Chris Austin Songwriting Contest article in American Songwriter Magazine.
Mark Wayne Glasmire - "Everything Is Gonna Be Alright"
By: Matt Bjorke
August 13, 2009
Sometimes the simplest songs deliver the best messages. With an ear-pleasing melody backing a stellar vocal performance, Mark Wayne Glasmire delivers a truly memorable song about how family bands together in the wake of a bleak future. Even when things get bad and the family had to ‘live on streets,’ and ‘house to house’ with friends, the patriarch in the story never loses his glass-half-full approach to life and what really matters in life. Family, friends, faith and love are really all that people need in life, nothing more, nothing less and that’s what’s at the heart of “Everything Is Gonna Be Alright.”
Some cynics might say that Mark Wayne Glasmire is singing a song that’s all sunshine and roses but the truth couldn’t be further from that. He’s written a song that gives hope when there often isn’t hope. It re-assures people that even when they’ve hit rock-bottom, the human condition is great and able to move on until the ‘struggles and sacrifices’ are over. This is, quite frankly, one of the best songs I’ve heard this year. It’s a beautiful, eloquent and just plain awesome song that deserves to be heard by as many people as possible.
There was a time that this song would’ve somehow found its way onto the Billboard chart and, because it is a great song, it would’ve been a hit. However in today’s consolidated market, the chances for a radio hit aren’t as strong and that’s why I think people really need to go and purchase this single from the digital retailers and also proclaim how awesome it is to as many people as possible. I know that’s what I will be doing.
MARK WAYNE GLASMIRE
“Everything's Gonna Be Alright” Single
Label: Traceway Records
By: Jeff Kurtis
As you can probably imagine we get a huge amount of new music put in front of us on pretty much a daily basis. Some of it is good and some of it is not so good, but it is rare that an artist like Mark Wayne Glasmire comes along and captures our attention immediately as he has done with his new single “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright.” He crafts a very well told story about a factory shutting down and a husband/father losing his job, ultimately assuring his wife and family that they are going to pull through it. As you dive forward you don’t see things being alright at all as the husband/father can’t find work, the bank forecloses on their home, and they live out on the streets, but with a positive tone to his voice he tells them that everything is still going to be alright. As the song winds to an end we see the kid grow up and share his dad’s advice with his family years later. The story itself is relatable, but it is the folk like way Glasmire tells it that really captures your attention. This is a solid songwriter doing what he does best by delivering his lyrics that hit home for too many people in this country right now making this well worth a spin. Great song, great delivery, great lyrics, just an all around great song that shows how to stay strong through a tough time and how not to lose faith and love through it all.
September 8, 2009
By Chad Carlson
One of the best elements of country music is that it can make you experience a million different emotions. It's true, one song can make you angry, guilty, heartbroken, or so happy you can't stop smiling. One of the trademark traits of the genre, though, one that shines a little brighter than the rest, is its ability to inspire. Every now and then, a tune comes along that makes us put a halt on our busy lives to stop and think about what's really important. We are all constantly consumed by our everyday lives and sometimes we forget what really matters. Sometimes it takes a heartwarming, honest down-to-earth song to help us gain a little perspective about the most important things in our lives: life, love, and family. Mark Wayne Glasmire's "Everything Is Gonna Be Alright" is one of the more mind-changing, life-appreciating songs to hit the country music genre in years.
"We've got to have faith and we've got to pray to God above that as long as we're together we don't need much else. We'll have each other's love." One of the more heartwarming from the song, this line portrays exactly why we love country music so much. Mark Wayne Glasmire, a folk-inspired singer-songwriter from Bethlehem, PA, writes songs about real-life, his life. "A well-traveled troubadour," Glasmire grew up in a working-class home, and through his upbringing and music career, he has never lost sight of the most important things in life. Lucky for the music world, he is also magnificently talented. He's seen the world and experienced the highest and lowest of life's experiences, and he's succeeded at being able to communicate his trials and triumphs through his music.
"Everything Is Gonna Be Alright" is the somber yet uplifting story of a family struggling to get by when the father of the household loses his job, ultimately causing the family to live on the streets. Times are rough, food and shelter are scarce, but they do have love, which, as the song proves, is stronger than anything else. It's an incredibly touching story, and Glasmire's smooth, down-to-earth delivery make the listener honestly believe in the song, and the man. The arrangement is flawless, and the subtle yet powerful acoustic melody accompanied by the soothing, storytelling vocals make this song unforgettingly inspirable.
This is the first single off of Glasmire's latest album, 'Life Goes On.' The disc, as a whole, is an epic, honest, humble catalogue of the many ups and downs of life, and with tunes including "True Love Knows," "I Believe In You," and "Our Love Remains," it promises to be a heart-touching album. Whether the topic be heartache, hope, or love, Mark treats the listener to an incredible collection of sentimental tunes that are sure to stay close to your heart for quite some time. Like the music he plays, Mark Wayne Glasmire speaks straight from the heart.
Country Chart.com August 30, 2009 Review: Mark Wayne Glasmire "Life Goes On"
Mark Wayne Glasmire is in his early 50s, has a name that doesn't exactly roll off the tongue and looks like your next door neighbor. Throw all those supposed liabilities in the mix, and Mark Wayne Glasmire is still the best up-and-coming Americana artist in the United States today.
One listen to Glasmire's fantastic new album "Life Goes On" will make you scratch your head and wonder why this mild-mannered, Arlington, Texas singer-songwriter isn't already a household name. The album begins with the beautiful ballad he wrote "True Love Knows," which has an interesting Lonestar meets Darius Rucker sound. The next track, "You Opened My Eyes," has a refreshing contemporary country sound mixed with a vocal style reminiscent of John Denver.
"Shelter From The Storm" has a harder, Texas country edge combined with a winning melody. "Shelter From The Storm" should be released to Texas radio, where it deserves to be a major chart hit. The rockin' country track "Ain't Love A Funny Thing" proves that Mark Wayne Glasmire has the ability to shake a concert hall, and the melodic, bluegrass-style "This Must Be Love" will also be a crowd favorite.
The best song on the album is the current single "Everything Is Gonna Be Alright." It has every element necessary to make it a hit. Mark Wayne Glasmire's vocals are pitch-perfect, the instrumentation is stellar and the song has a memorable (and hummable) melody. Also, the lyrics and overall theme of "Everything Is Gonna Be Alright" is socially relevant in these days of mass foreclosures and government bailouts.
The fact that he's not already an Americana music heavyweight doesn't seem to bother Mark Wayne Glasmire. You can feel an inner peace in his voice and in the quiet confidence he exudes on every note of his brilliant new album "Life Goes On."
Indeed, Mark Wayne Glasmire deserves a wide audience for his nurturing, feel-good blend of Americana and country music. His music is food for the soul, and you can't ask more from an album than that. - BJ Jones Download Mark Wayne Glasmire Songs
As published in @MusicRow on Thursday August 7, 2009
by Robert K. Oermann
MARK WAYNE GLASMIRE / Everything Is Gonna Be Alright
Writer: Mark Wayne Glasmire; Producer: None Listed;
Publisher: Traceway, ASCAP; Spinville
-The factory closes, Daddy loses his job. The bank forecloses on their hiome. The family becomes homeless. But they survive with faith, love and hope intact. The hang-on-every-line story song is surrounded by an acoustic-based production that keeps the emphasis on the lyric. An admirable effort all around.
As published in the Saturday, May 31, 2008 GUIDELIVE Section of the Dallas Morning News:
"Songs For Grown-Ups"
ARLINGTON - Mark Wayne Glasmire won't play the age game. He's 53, he'll tell you without hesitation. He is also a singer/songwriter performing for adults older than 35.
In other words, he makes music for people of his generation - not for the coveted youth market.
"The highest demographic in this country are the baby boomers", he says while reclining on a tan couch in the family room of girlfriend Brenda Cubbage's home. "Fifty-five percent of our population is over the age of 35. This was in 1999. Of course, obviously that statistic is still true. That's who are market is. That's who I want to appeal to."
Mr. Glasmire gets all fired up. He takes a deep breath and keeps going.
"I can't relate to a 7 year old girl," he says. Hopefully she'll like my tunes and convince her mom to buy it. My target is the people in my age group to fill a void that was left by the departure of radio the way it used to be. That's what it comes down to. Guys like John Denver and Harry Chapin and Dan Fogelberg, as good as they were, they would have a hard time getting on the radio today. James Taylor, especially with the way he looks now, he would never get on the radio. It wouldn't happen because it is more about the package."
On his three independently released CDs - "All of My Heart", "Scrapbook" and "Now I Believe" - Mr. Glasmire sounds like a warm, genuine and melodic throwback to the days when songs were earthy and uncluttered. He makes pop music steeped in the traditions of folk and country. He sings about his life and the lives of those around him.
His rich, expressive voice cuts right to the heart. All he needs is an acoustic guitar. That talent and charm helped him win this years B.W. Stevenson Memorial Songwriter Competition at Poor David's Pub.
"I say what I'm thinking, and it's direct. This is what I believe. I would go back and do it all again. My parents' love still does remain," he says, paraphrasing two of his best compostions, "Our Love Remains" and "Do It All Again." "Things don't always go the way you want them to go. But the one constant is the love. No matter what else changes, I know that is true, that will be there forever."
He even has that nature-pure optimism so indicative of those '70s singer-songwriters who have influenced him. Mr. Glasmire's kept that positive outlook through his failed attempt at success in Nashville and the end of his 23-year marriage.
While living in Music City from 1995 to 2005, the Bethlehem, PA, native wrote songs with other artists in mind and was part of a harmony trio called Borderline. Nobody prominent has recorded his tunes yet, and Borderline never signed a major-label contract.
They were close, though. "We were a country version of Crosby, Stills and Nash," he says. "But then we were told: You guys are too old, you're too fat, you're too grey. You're to this, you're too that.' It was like Simon Cowell sitting there."
He packed his bags and moved to Arlington once his divorce was final in 2005. He met Ms. Cubbage two months after he arrived in North Texas. She was an attorney for Public Storage, where Mr. Glasmire still works full time. He's a construction manager in the company's Arlington office.
At first Ms. Cubbage represented Mr. Glasmire professionally. Then the relationship turned personal.
He's memorialized that union on "Brenda's Song" from "Scrapbook".
"There's a thread," he says about his tunes. "This is my life story. There are some parts that are missing, but a lot of it is there. I had a guy, a really good friend of mine, he said: "You know the funny thing about you is you look like Yul Brynner on the outside but you're like Mary Poppins on the inside. You got all these feelings that you're not afraid to talk about.' This is true. I'm not afraid to talk about it."
That honesty, he hopes, will appeal to fans young and old.
"Singer/Songwriter Mark Wayne Glasmire has been everywhere, man. His sound is like Harry Chapin pitching pennies with James Taylor in front of the Beatles museum."
"Singer/songwriter" is more than the simple description on Mark Wayne Glasmire's business card. It also explains why he now calls Nashville home. "If you are in music," says the personable native of Pennsylvania, "this is the place to be."
"Americana singer-songwriter Mark wayne Glasmire wears his influences like he picks his guitar-with unabashed honesty. The artist who was raised in Bethlehem, PA and is now based in Arlington, has an easy singing and playing style with an emphasis on the folky sound of James Taylor, the occassional island jaunt of Jimmy Buffet and the comfortable, melodic country vibe of Dan Seals."