Mark Dunn is a master guitarist whose roots go back to a period not long ago when the guitar was king. Since then, unfortunately, the preeminence of rock music on the national level has waned as even the Grammy Awards does not give out its rock music awards on their national broadcast. But, there is something stirring in the underground as music lovers want their crunch back.
The good news is that the rock n’ roll and hard rock genres are still very much alive and a great place to look for it is on the latest album recorded by Mark Dunn called Licks, Lyrics, and Lovers.
This new recording finds Dunn offering up a fresh set of original songs while showcasing his immense talent on the electric six-stringed axe. Yes, Dunn lets his freak flag fly on Licks, Lyrics and Lovers and does let it rip on the guitar on this project. Yet, he does it in a way that serves the song. It is a matter of channeling his creative flow through his plugged-in weapon of choice.
Dunn grew up as a military brat who eventually landed with his family in the Hampton Roads-Virginia beach area of Virginia. He is the youngest of five brothers, all of whom played the guitar at some level. His initial musical influence was Eddie Van Halen, but his mother took him to see the great Stevie Ray Vaughan in concert before that legend died in a helicopter crash and that turned his head around.
Dunn was playing professionally by the time he was a teenager. Later in life, he became a go-to studio session ace that was also in demand by many bands who wanted to add his talent to their live shows. He moved to Atlanta at one point and left his mark on that large music scene with awards and accolades. He also knocked around in Nashville as well and that led to this new album being released on an acclaimed record label.
Not long ago, Dunn caught the eye of the folks at Nine North Records, who saw him perform one day with another act at a CMA Week showcase. Nine North Records soon signed him up and the first release by Dunn on that label is Licks, Lyrics, and Lovers. It is an album that features Mark Dunn doing rock music his way with his powerful talent front and center, and his name finally on the marquee.