Records and Catfood Records, among others; so we handle all of their publicity. Some of the artists we have worked with since then include The Flatlanders, Billy Joe Shaver, Stan Ridg- way, Stephen Bruton, Chuck Prophet, Randall Bramblett, Dave Alvin, Big Sandy & His Fly- Rite Boys, Tom Russell, Chris Smither, Bonnie Bramlett, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Geoff Mul- daur, Dale Watson, Hot Club of Cowtown, Rev. Billy C. Wirtz, Kenny Chesney, Tom Rush, Ray Price, Derek Trucks, Peter Case, Dave Bartholomew, Sean Costello, Jerry Reed, Tim Wilson, John Mayall, Maria Muldaur, Greg Brown, Eliza Gilkyson, Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriguez, Eric Johnson, Kim Wilson, Ray Benson, Rev. Horton Heat, the subdudes, Gary U.S. Bonds, NRBQ, Al Kooper, Jay Geils, Duke Robillard, Jeff Healey, Webb Wilder, Jesse Dayton, Dwight Twilley, Sugar Pie DeSanto, William Bell, Johnny Rawls, Otis Clay, Ronnie Earl, Rory Block, Tinsley Ellis, Arlen Roth, James Burton, Albert Lee, Ian Tyson, Smith & Wesley, Colin Linden, Lisa Biales, EG Kight, The Nighthawks, Mud Morganfield, Billy Boy Arnold, Eric Bibb, Devon Allman, Cyrille Neville, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Spin Doctors, Guy Davis, John Lee Hooker, Jr., Steve Dawson and legendary producer Chips Moman.

What newer artists are you excited about? We’ve got some current and upcoming releases from artists within the roots, blues and folk areas we’re really excited about, including Matt Andersen, Bruce Cockburn, Adam Holt, The Texas Horns, Taylor Scott Band, Kevin Breit, Blue Moon Marquee, Zac Harmon, Duke Robil- lard, Glenna Bell and Harpdog Brown. You’ll be hearing soon about great new music coming from Ronnie Earl and Broadcasters, Kim Wil- son, Paul Gabriel, Al Basile, Leeroy Stagger and vintage live tracks from Ian & Sylvia.

I don’t have all the details, but the news is out about Mercer reopening the Capri- corn studio. Have they reached out to

Mark with Billy Gibbons.

you? Your thoughts on the Capricorn Initiative. It’s going to be really exciting. We’ve been working with Mercer to supply some Capricorn archive photos for the museum part of the complex, as well as some memorabilia from my personal collection. Grand re-opening is set for December and I can’t wait to see it. It’s going to be very special!

What’s next for you, Mark? If I can ever get my ass in gear, I’m going to

start writing that book about my musical jour- ney over the years that people keep telling me I should do. Other than that, there is still a lot of great music in the future I want to tell people about. When people ask me if/when I’ll retire, I like to paraphrase the great comedian George Burns, who, when asked that question while he was in his 80s said,” I can’t retire; I’m booked!” And that what I’d like to say. I’ll still keep doing what I’m doing because I love it - and I’m booked! •

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