Wednesday, June 27, 2007

10 Questions With Mark West

Every big city has its little secrets. New York City, is no exception. One of those secrets hides out in the grittier part of town. Although he wouldn't disclose where he lives, he considers Manhattan's West Village his real home. Ironically (or not), his name is Mark West.

If you've ever hung out in the W. Village, chances are you've brushed shoulders with him. If lucky enough, maybe you've caught a glimpse of him on stage at the famed Back Fence doing sick renditions of Bill Withers or Wilson Pickett. He is the Rick Danko of Bleecker Street; a gifted unknown just trying to make a living; a true jack of all trades.

Last night, after three pints of Sierra Nevada, I finally mustered up enough courage to approach Mr. West and request a short question/answer session. Somewhat suspicious, I promised West that The Weight was a "website for people who like good music, really." So, after some minor prodding on my part, he finally agreed. Now this was no Scorsese on Robbie Robertson, but it'll have to do...

Ten Questions with Mark West:

Q: Where were you born/raised?
A: New York City and Dutchess County.

Q: What instruments do you play?
A: Bass, guitar, piano, but I mainly consider myself a vocalist.

Q: How did you get started playing music?
A: Definitely from my family. I came from a very musical family.

Q: What type of music did you listen to growing up?
A: Rock, soul, jazz and old country.

Q: Influences (obligatory question)?
A: George Jones, Lefty Frizzell, and old Kenny Rogers.

Q: What are you listening to these days?
A: Stevie Wonder and Al Green.

Q: If you could request one song from Vinnie Ferrone, what would it be?
A: "Ballad of a Thin Man" or anything by The Monkees.

Q: Best and worst part about playing in the W. Village?
A: Best part is definitely the nice people that hang out around here. Worst part is being secluded from the rest of society.

Q: Where can I find you on any given night in the City?
A: Playing with Vinnie Ferrone, Tom Riccobono, Greg Aulden and/or
Anthony Raffa.

Q: If I could buy you a drink (which he declined), what would it be?
A: Bourbon -- straight.

Old clip of Mark West (right) @ Kenny's Castaways in NYC

1 comment:

Eric said...

I am still at work at 1:35 am that put a big smile on my face.