Mark Cloutier Blues


Mark Cloutier Blues

Mark Cloutier Blues

Blues, Rock, Psychedelic
From: east syracuse, NY, United States

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MARK CLOUTIER
Wings Of Fire
(Blues Lion Records)

 

Kicking off with a track entitled “Voodoo Guitar”—taken from the 2010 CD release of Deep Down Blues—the 2011 CD release of Wings Of Fire presents the first ever album compilation showcasing some of the finest instrumental tracks, written, recorded and produced by New York guitarist Mark Cloutier. Subtitled the Blues Lion Collection, the 19 track CD draws on tracks culled from nearly ten Cloutier albums that the guitarist has independently released over the past decade. A colorfully packaged and tastefully designed CD, Wings Of Fire presents Cloutier in a splendid light—a guitarist sounding clearly inspired by rock guitar greats like Jimi Hendrix and Johnny Winter as well as more traditional blues, R&B and jazz guitarists as diverse as Buddy Guy, Steve Cropper, Robin Trower and Kenny Burrell. In other words, Cloutier is a guitarist who’s not afraid to break through with a hard rock riff before moving on to jazzing things up when he has to. Case in point are the first three tracks on the Wings Of Fire CD. Both “Voodoo Guitar” and “Psychedelia Man” (tracks 1 and 3, both remastered and culled from the aforementioned Deep Down Blues) as well as the title track “Wings Of Fire” (track 2 here, from Cloutier’s album 6 Strings Of Passion) offers solid proof of Cloutier’s skillful and imaginative rock guitar style. All in all, Wings Of Fire offers a revealing introduction to Cloutier’s electrifying blues meets jazz meets rock guitar style of writing and recording. Of course the entire album is completely instrumental making Wings Of Fire a great choice for instro rock and blues fans who enjoy in-your-face, hard driving sounds as well as heavy surf-rock and jazz guitar fans who like hard rocking, dynamic and filler-free instrumental guitar music. www.BluesLionRecords.com


mwe3. com presents an interview with
MARK CLOUTIER



mwe3: Wings Of Fire is a great CD title. Sounds like a rebirth or revisiting past greats, musically and otherwise. Was that the spirit behind the making of your first ever guitar compilation and hat did you set out to accomplish with this CD?

MC: Initially I was not sure what to title the collection CD. I think people should know that you were the one who thought Wings Of Fire would be a great title for the CD and I agreed with you! It was nice to get the input from you. The cover on the CD shows the idea nicely with a guitar with burning wings soaring above. That was my art guy Steven Hall at work. He is a brilliant artist. I hope to have brought out some of the guitar ghosts of the past in spirit so to speak. I’m forever a Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan fan along with the countless guitar legends who have passed on. Of course guys like Buddy Guy and BB King are amazing in their longevity. They are so inspiring. I want to do this another 30 years!

mwe3: Does the Wings Of Fire compilation span most of the albums that you've recorded? What were some of the other parameters you used in picking tracks from your many albums and can you say something about the time frame, of the earliest recording dates to the latest CDs and the new tracks on the Wings Of Fire CD and will you be planning a volume 2?

MC: Yeah I tried to grab at least one track from the many CDs I have recorded in the past few years. My studio time is endless. Almost everyday in the afternoon I spend a few hours recording ideas and usually come up with something to work with. I have become a better player from all of the recording I have done. The old saying the tape doesn’t lie stands. I spend much time listening back usually as I do my 30 minute martial art workout. If the music doesn’t inspire me than how will it inspire others? I think its been about five years or so that I got into the online recording process. Its amazing what we can do on the computer now. It’s a necessity with the changing music industry. Gotta do it all your self because if you wait and depend on others. Well…I added a few late minute tracks to the CD just before I decided on the final order. I felt the CD needed something still. So I am happy with the new track additions. I think a volume two CD can happen down the road. It was an exhausting process but really worth it and I appreciate your help Robert because you were “Instrumental” (okay no pun intended) in convincing me that this was important to do as a stage in my music career.

mwe3: You mentioned some of your influences and a highlight of the Wings Of Fire CD is a new track called "Trower Like Jam" which pays tribute to Robin Trower. How big an influence was Trower and the other English blues rock guitarists that made a big impression on your guitar and compositional styles?

MC: Man I will tell you I saw Robin Trower probably 20 years ago at the Lost Horizon in Syracuse NY. It was probably the most up close and personal guitar experience I have had in my life. He turned it to Spinal Tap II and blew me away big time! Bridge Of Sighs was an amazing album. Spent many many hours absorbing that music. I lost the tape I had of that album but it still lives within me. That track was kind of me thinking of him. The guitar/bass line more so than anything. Jeff Beck...another amazing player. Blow By Blow. Gets no better than that. Clapton and the Bluesbreakers-yeah man!

mwe3: What guitars are mainly featured throughout the Wings Of Fire CD? What do you like best about your SRV Strat and can you compare it to other guitars you play or have played?

MC: My SRV Strat, standard tuning with .12 gauge strings and Belvedere Dipinto tuned down to D. It's funny but "Voodoo Guitar" should have been played with my Strat but I had that Belvedere tuned down and it was so swampy sounding. It was perfect for that track. I think I cranked on the Bigsby tremolo a few times but it does not stay in tune like the Strat. I’m going to get my cell phone now and take a picture of my first Strat and send it to you now. I would like you to post it on this interview if possible. It's so worn down I retired it years ago!

Nothing has compared to my SRV Strat to date. It's so diverse and what I love is I can play while holding the tremolo bar. it’s a neat feature because I believe all other Strats have the tremolo bar positioned underneath the bridge while the SRV guitar has it positioned above, making it easy to pick and hold at the same time while hammering on it or subtly using during chordings. There may be a Hendrix version out as well with the same feature as well...not sure.

mwe3: The Wings Of Fire CD has a very clean, bright sound. Can you say something about the CD mastering process and how you created the 19 track compilation master?

MC: I actually spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out how to master it. We talked about sending it to the great Greg Calbi but decided it was out of my budget and I mulled over different online mastering companies but ultimately I was tipped off by JC Carroll - a brilliant musician from England - to a very good mastering software program called Sony Architect. It added a very cool “dithering” effect that I thought really rounded out the overall sound of the CD! I wasn’t sure what you would think and decided to sent it to you-pre-release. Your reaction was great to the sound so that was all I needed to put the final audio stamp on the project.

mwe3: The Wings Of Fire cover art is great. Is there a story about the artwork and the great new Blues Lion logo too?

MC: Yeah this guy Steven Hall, from the Watertown, New York area, has been involved with the few bands I have been in for some years now. He has always been out there taking pictures and sending them my way for press and the web sites. He had done the art work on my bands' previous release Night Train Home. Loved what he did so I thought he was a no brainer for my solo project. In fact, he is now the official graphic artist/photographer for Blues Lion Records. He designed the logo. Very happy with it. Our blues is about the heart of a lion. Always from the heart!

mwe3: What kind of groove were you going for on the lead off track "Voodoo Guitar", which is clearly one of your best tracks?

MC: I wanted something different than the usual 1-4-5 blues progression. I decided to go with the repeating 1 chord to 4 chord theme. I turned it around from time to time but it’s the E - A chord theme that makes it work along with the drop down D swamp sound for the lead work. I don’t think it sounds like anyone. Just me thinking of Hendrix and
Vaughn...just playing like I know how. With drop down tuning I think I could articulate the string bends a bit more than the usual standard tuning.

mwe3: Is there a story about the title track "Wings Of Fire" and do you have any personal favorite tracks on the Wings Of Fire CD?

MC: Yeah this guy Loren Risker, a fabulous online musician sent me the backing track maybe 3 or 4 years ago and I decided to just let it go on this one. Not blues. Just guitar playing with no rules. It was a beautiful piece of music featuring amazing keyboard work given to me to do as I wish. After doing the lead work I went back and added a bit of a theme lick. It's sparse but just enough. I think that was the part that made it fly...

mwe3: From what higher source or level do you draw your most inspiration from musically and guitar wise?

MC: As I have gotten older I have become more spiritual. I pray to God everyday for direction. Much of it started in the past several years as my dad was battling cancer. The church we attend as a family has really enlightened me to the power of prayer. I had always started prayer time asking for the healing of my dad. He hung on for 12 years after being diagnosed with the most aggressive form of prostate cancer. The doctors couldn’t believe how long he hung on. I have gotten so much inspiration from him. My mom is very resilient as well...a cancer survivor herself. My dad was the strongest man I will ever know. Amazing grace and strong faith in God. He always put others before him. There is that sense I would like to succeed musically for my family. That drives me to a degree but I am happy with what I have done to this point. I’m cool with whatever happens from a music standpoint but life and death are much bigger than music.

mwe3: Do you have special interests or pursuits outside the music world?

MC: Yup, I love the martial arts. I should have been an ultimate fighter. Always had that fighter's mentality I think. It was baseball, football and basketball throughout high school, then the arts during my 6 years in the Air Force. Fought several tournaments back then and have some nice trophies to show for the hard work and only one bad injury from it. A broken kneecap and dislocation that set me back about 6 weeks. I was fighting about a month after the cast came off. I got that sort of determination from dad. I have mellowed though in last several years. I’m older and wiser now. I like to train about 30-45 minutes per day just enough to stay healthy and strong as I channel much of the energy into my guitar work and music.

mwe3: Do you have any projects planned for 2011 and beyond?

MC: Well I seem to be leaning toward some sort of surf-rock style guitar playing these days. I hope to do some more collaborations with some online pals and more albums to come for sure. Hopefully a full-on band project as well!

mwe3: Thanks Mark, best of luck on the Wings Of Fire CD!

MC: Thank you Robert and mwe3.com for all your help and guidance. The people out there should know you have been so helpful in this Wings Of Fire project. Big thanks!

Thanks to Mark Cloutier @ www.BluesLionRecords.com

 

 

     
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A testimony The great Nigel Potter..... "Yeah this is Jimi land. In so much as it could be something Jimi would have done live in one of his live off the floor pieces. The thing about making a statement like that is it has to sink. What is actualy being said is it could well be some undiscovered Jimi track. IMHO,no one will ever get close to Jimmy for the fire in his playing,but for sure,and I've heard many try,you get the closest to that zone he had. All of which is not to say this is a Jimi clone. No indeed. There are certain things you do,that only you do and Jimi would have been unlikely to do. If it had been 10 minutes long and posted on a bootleg forum as a bootleg Jimi track,I can't see many would have doubted it. So that mate,from my little corner is about the highest praise I can ever give to another guitarist." Classic. Nigel ***************************************************************

 

Based in Upstate New York, in the Syracuse region, guitarist Mark Cloutier is doing a great job releasing a barrage of CDs on his Blues Lion Records label. Much of Mark’s 2009 CD Attitude With Gratitude is instrumental in nature and with that unique element front and center, his guitar work sounds also greatly inspired by rock legends like Hendrix, Jimmy Vaughan, early Buddy Guy and T-Bone Walker. Likewise, much the same could be said about Mark’s 2008 CD with his group Stratattack, entitled Blues In My House. Featuring solid support from an adept rhythm section, Cloutier’s guitar takes on a number of sonic guises on different tracks. For instance, track 8 on Attitude With Gratitude, “There’s A Place”—a great atmospheric instrumental that mixes rock and jazzy styles to great effect—is one of Cloutier’s finest and most memorable tracks. One look at Cloutier’s web site and you can really see a guitarist who is quite prolific, with each of his CD's being strongly recommended to both blues and rock fans, as well as guitar instrumental fans. www.DoubleBarrelBluesBand.com


MUSIC WEB EXPRESS 3000
presents MARK CLOUTIER
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Mark Bialczak from the Syracuse Post Standard::::"

"Guitarist Mark Cloutier can play it fast and hot or slow and tense.

Singer John Hart can add the grit or spread the honey.

Bassist Bill Satterly and drummer Garnett Grimm Sr. keep it real.

Cloutier's guitar work will send shivers down your spine as Hart sings, "Sometimes it feels like a black cat crossed my path. Sometimes it feels like I got a target on my back.""

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Vincent Zumel from La Hora Del Blues:::::

an exciting, joyful and lively blues band.. Mark Cloutier, who has a terrific flaming sound and technique, full of rocky passionate riffs!!!

Nigel Potter.....On Mark's "Blues For the Cosmo's" track 

"Yeah this is Jimi land. In so much as it could be something Jimi would have done live in one of his live off the floor pieces. The thing about making a statement like that is it has to sink. What is actualy being said is it could well be some undiscovered Jimi track. IMHO,no one will ever get close to Jimmy for the fire in his playing,but for sure,and I've heard many try,you get the closest to that zone he had. All of which is not to say this is a Jimi clone. No indeed. There are certain things you do,that only you do and Jimi would have been unlikely to do. If it had been 10 minutes long and posted on a bootleg forum as a bootleg Jimi track,I can't see many would have doubted it. So that mate,from my little corner is about the highest praise I can ever give to another guitarist." Classic. Nigel "

The "Blues Stalker"-Sun Coast Blues Society   The four piece Double Barrel Blues Band based out of Syracuse, New York, has been on my radar for some time now. Their new release “Bad Bad Feeling” is receiving considerable airplay all over Europe!! 

Peter Blewzzman Lauro-Mary 4 Music::::

The Double Barrel Blues Band bills themselves as an intense, exciting, rocking blues band that plays "In Your Face Blues". If that's true, then I'm sure to have a good, good feeling about "Bad, Bad Feeling" - the second release from this Syracuse, NY based band.

Members of Double Barrel include: Mark Cloutier on Lead Guitar & Vocals, John Hart on Vocals & Slide Guitar, Bill Satterly on Bass, and Garnett Grimm on Drums. The disc contains ten tracks of which six are band originals.

Everyone's partying hard on the opening track, that ya gotta wonder if the guys aren't just singing about it but sucking on some of that "Wine, Wine, Wine", as well. This is an all out jam on which the band immediately lives up to their self description. This one rocks! It's highlighted by intense rhythm from Bill and Garnett and lots of smokin' guitar leads by Mark. Real good stuff.

Things slow down a bit on the title track, an original called "Bad, Bad, Feeling". This is a real blues burner that has everyone in a mellow groove behind lots of smoking blues guitar highlights from Mark.

Somewhere between the opening track and here, the guys must have switched over to the hard stuff, because they now have the "Whiskey Blues". It's stuff like this that gives the Double Barrel Blues Band the right to say they're blues is in your face. It doesn't get any more straight up than this. John's vocals and Mark's guitar work on this track are what the blues is all about. Discs best, right here.

The name of this track - "B Flat Bone Boogie" - pretty much describes it. It's a smokin' instrumental that will have you boogieing down to your bones. If you can sit still through this one, then you gotta be in a body cast.

"Tin Pan Alley" is another slow and low down blues burner.....the kind of stuff I can listen to all night long. Although he's pretty hot on all tracks, this one may feature some of Mark's best guitar work. In addition to getting down in the alley on vocals, this one has John sounding very impressive on slide guitar as well.

Other tracks on "Bad, Bad Feeling" include: "Matchbox", "Voodoo Thing", "Restless One", "If You Find I'm Gone" and "Flipping And Flapping".

This is quite an impressive effort by the Double Barrel Blues Band, and I've got to admit that they've certainly lived up to their reputation. "Bad, Bad Feeling" was exciting, rocking and in your face kinda blues. Great work guys!"

Robert Silverstein- Music Web Express 3000 Magazine::

Based in Upstate New York, in the Syracuse region, guitarist Mark Cloutier is doing a great job releasing a barrage of CDs on his Blues Lion Records label. Much of Mark’s 2009 CD Attitude With Gratitude is instrumental in nature and with that unique element front and center, his guitar work sounds also greatly inspired by rock legends like Hendrix, Jimmy Vaughan, early Buddy Guy and T-Bone Walker. Likewise, much the same could be said about Mark’s 2008 CD with his group Stratattack, entitled Blues In My House. Featuring solid support from an adept rhythm section, Cloutier’s guitar takes on a number of sonic guises on different tracks. For instance, track 8 on Attitude With Gratitude, “There’s A Place”—a great atmospheric instrumental that mixes rock and jazzy styles to great effect—is one of Cloutier’s finest and most memorable tracks. One look at Cloutier’s web site and you can really see a guitarist who is quite prolific, with each of his CD's being strongly recommended to both blues and rock fans, as well as guitar instrumental fans. www.DoubleBarrelBluesBand.com
 By::

Concerts on the Waterfront

Presented by the Sackets Harbor Historical Society every summer Sunday afternoon

at the Battlefield State Park in Sackets Harbor

Note - For 26 years, the Sackets Harbor Historical Society has presented the Concerts on the Waterfront series in Sackets Harbor. In honor of the

thousands who have attended over the years, we have brought back audience favorites this year, plus new groups that are sure to become favorites,

Musicians Mark Cloutier (lead guitar and vocals), John Hart (vocalist and slide guitar), Garnett Grimm (drums) and Bill

Satterly (bass) have been together for 3 years, but each has a vibrant background in the blues and rock and roll scene. Mark, Bill

and Garnett previously played together with

vocals rounded out the blues sound they were searching for, and the DBBB was formed.

Critics remark on their versatility and virtuosity. Post Standard’s Mark Blalczak notes that John can “add the grit or spread the

honey” and Mark can play it “hot and fast” or “slow and easy”. When they’re hot, we get both barrels of anguished blues, hence

the name of the group. Peter “Bleuzeman” Lauro, in reviewing their latest CD Bad Bad Feeling, says “If you can sit through

this…you gotta be in a body cast.”

John is a former army officer who played in a rock band at many of his European assignments. Interestingly, in the past few

years, thanks to the webskills honed by Mark, Europe is enjoying the Syracuse blues sound offered by DBBB. Their excellent

website

Band members credit family and each other for their musical prowess. “We push each other’ observes Mark. “We challenge

each other and we practice daily. The day we stop practicing is the day we stop learning.”

They have opened for several national acts, like the Marshall Tucker Band, and the Fabulous T Birds, where Radio Jockey

Johnnie Keegan noted that “they stole the show”. At Blues Festivals throughout the state, from Adams Center’s Harley

Davidson fest to Lake George’s Blues Fest, they pack in the crowds. Whether it’s soulful blues or swinging blues, the DBBB

Dirty Pool, a blues band that toured in the 90’s. John’s harmonica, guitar andwww.doublebarrelbluesband.com; shares enthusiastic reviews from the Continent.

 

 

 A testimony by Bri-an a killer musician from Ontario Canada--his likes are--  motorcycles/ guitar strings snappin/ amps smokin

kool amp tone,sounds a bit like my 57 Hagg with the single coil pickups amplifiing the molicules discharging from the pick your holding....lol. love it. yes, the study of the o'ld skool artists are paying off in huge dividens.
Over the years that i have been listening to you both "live at the gigs in NY" and on OMD's I bare witness to the evolution of a blue's guitar player who emerses themself totally in to thier craft.

...is there sub-gernres in blues?, why yes there is....ever hear of MarkC? he'll change your perspective.
Great display of character. Great ham-bonin!
 

Kerry Martin::

"And from that day on...the coffee shop was never the same, the poets and bards they all sounded so lame. The Lion had been there, they had all heard him roar, when he brings his guitar they all clamor for more. The beatniks and hippies they all were confused, cause never before had they heard beatnik blues..the style was smokey, the licks they were straight, now everyone hangs at the shop until late. They're waitin' and hopin', they wanna hear more, of Mark Cloutier and that Blues Lion roar. (finger snap snap snap...) I concure with Ed, crazy daddy-o. Kerry" Cool

A review of one of Mark's guitar instrumentals::

"Yeah this is Jimi land.
In so much as it could be something Jimi would have done live in one of his live off the floor pieces.

The thing about making a statement like that is it has to sink.
What is actualy being said is it could well be some undiscovered Jimi track.
IMHO,no one will ever get close to Jimmy for the fire in his playing,but for sure,and I've heard many try,you get the closest to that zone he had.

All of which is not to say this is a Jimi clone.
No indeed.
There are certain things you do,that only you do and Jimi would have been unlikely to do.

If it had been 10 minutes long and posted on a bootleg forum as a bootleg Jimi track,I can't see many would have doubted it.
So that mate,from my little corner is about the highest praise I can ever give to another guitarist.

Classic.'

Nigel Potter
 

 

 

 

 

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