Singer/songwriter Mark Gresty debuts with diverse menu of blues, jazz, and folk on debut CD
(Published: June 01, 2011)
June 1, 2011 (Al Suwaiq, Oman) Written by Robert Sutton. "I won't be using Facebook/To track down my old friends," sings Mark Gresty on "Moments in a Life." The English singer/songwriter could accurately be described as a late bloomer; after all, what do you call a musician who didn't release his debut album until the age of 59'
A life's worth of experiences is summarized in 10 Cents Above a Beggar - Mark Gresty's Pappadom Songs. Each tale is narrated with Gresty's menthol voice, kind of like a cross between Chris Rea and Eric Clapton, and diverse musical menu of blues, jazz, folk, and soft rock.
Gresty was once in a short-lived New Wave band in the late ‘70s; those days are long gone but its ghost can be heard on "But I'll Miss You More," namely in the vocals wherein Gresty recalls Elvis Costello. "But I'll Miss You More" details having a relationship with a woman in an unhappy, fenced-in marriage, and the Clapton-esque slow-hand blues riffing cuts through the seething frustration in the lyrics.
Gresty likes to tell stories, the ones that only people who have been around long enough are able to pull from their own diaries. However, while he writes about the past, he doesn't want to be trapped in it. "It's not somewhere where I want to live," Gresty reveals on "Moments in a Life." Instead, experiences in the preceding years are uploaded so they can be analyzed, to see what he has learned since then. Nevertheless, that doesn't mean he can't indulge in a sentimental treat or two; "The Only One" is a moving tribute to a childhood sweetheart.
Gresty writes and sings from the deepest recesses of his heart, and his soothing, emotionally charged guitar playing fills in the missing spaces between the lines.
More Information: http://www.markgresty.com