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This destined to be a
classic cd by Mark Collie was originally recorded live at Brushy
Mountain State Penitentiary in 2001, located in East Tennessee.
Collie sang for some of the most notorious criminals ever
incarcerated during this recorded live concert. Fast forward 14
years and Alive at Brushy Mountain is finally released for sale.
This cd is a definite add to your collection. In the spirit of
musical hero Johnny Cash, he greets the crowd with “Hello, I'm
Collie” and kicks into the knockout song “One More Second
followed by a little crowd banter and into “I Could've Gone
which he told the convicted criminal crowd they might relate to
lyric. Then Mark Collie told a little story about a fella who
into a cab with him who said he recognized Mark Collie as “Kenny
Chestnut” or “Mark McCoy” or somebody like that, and told
Collie he should write a song about him. So Mark Collie did and
sang it, entitled “Maybe Mexico”. The amazing Kelly Willis then
takes the stage to sing “Got A Feeling For Ya” with Collie
singing harmony on the chorus. Gatemouth Brown sings on
My Luck Will Change” followed by Mark Collie singing his kickass
catchy version of the Johnny Cash classic “Folsom Prison
Blues”. At this point you won't even care what Mark Collie is
singing just as
long as he continues to sing. You will not get enough Mark
Collie Alive At
Brushy Mountain until you've listened to this cd three times in
and then it will be placed first in your cd rack.
Michael Sikorsky for Country Music News International