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And you did freelance articles too. What were some of the publications that you con- tributed to? On spec, I submitted a review of the Memphis Blues Festival in 1973 to Rolling Stone, and they published it! I later did a story for them on Elvis Presley’s Memphis homecoming concerts in 1974. In addition, I interviewed Lou Reed for Zoo World Magazine out of Miami, plus an interview with Big Star and a few album reviews for them. I also went down to Austin in1974 and reviewed a Wet Willie show at Armadillo World Head- quarters for Phonograph Record Magazine out of Los Angeles; and several stories, in- cluding a ZZ Top feature for Good Times Magazine out of New York.


Mark interviews Jack and Jimmy Hall of Wet Willie, 1975. (Herb Kossover Photo)


When and how did you come to work for Capricorn? What was your title and duties? Mike Hyland was the head of publicity for Capricorn in the early ‘70s, and he and I be- came friends as I covered all of the label’s acts


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when they passed thru Memphis, including The Marshall Tucker Band, Wet Willie, Mar- tin Mull, and, of course, The Allman Brothers Band. When they were expanding the depart- ment in the summer of ’74, Mike asked if I wanted to move to Macon to become Publicity Manager there, which primarily involved handing all the tour press for their acts on the road, as well as writing bios, press releases, etc. After a year or so, I became National Pub- licity Director.


You were right in the heart of the ac- tion during the hey-day of southern rock. Who were some of the artists you worked with? Basically, everyone who was on the label from 1974-1979. That included all the artists I’ve mentioned, plus Elvin Bishop, Delbert Mc- Clinton, Hydra, Grinderswitch, Bonnie Bram- lett, Bobby Whitlock, Cowboy, James Montgomery Band, Duke Williams and the Extremes, Dixie Dregs, Sea Level, Black Oak, Stillwater, White Witch, plus Gregg’s and Dickey Betts’ solo albums, among many oth- ers.


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