Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Mark Cameron
Minnesota based singer, songwriter and guitarist Mark Cameron has been active in live music for over thirty years. Mark began his performing career in the rich folk-rock scene of the early 1970’s and brought this influence into several bands he founded during the 1980’s and 1990’s. Today Mark’s focus is centered on crafting original Blues songs with strong melodies and memorable lyrics. The range of Mark’s material stretches the Blues beyond safe limits with a focus on “foot stompin, butt shakin” music that is built for a live audience.
After five studio releases in the 1980’s and 90’s, Mark turned his focus to the Blues with “Life of Illusion” in 2009. The song “Boxcar Blues” became an instant classic and packs the dance floor at live performances every time. In 2011 Mark released the ambitious project “Built to Bust” which featured the hipster-swing classic “Do Lovin Right” and the Chicago-Blues romp “Tough all over”. Mark’s 2014 release “One way ride to the Blues” delivered a raucous Blues anthem “Life is good when you’ve got the Blues” and the gospel inspired classic “In this house”. In 2016 the new release “Playing Rough” is available both in digital release and in classic vinyl as well. The Mark Cameron Band is consistently a top finisher in Blues competitions over the past several years and was featured on the 2012 Minnesota Blues All-Stars album. The Mark Cameron Band made over 100 appearances during 2014-15 at nightclubs, concerts and festivals throughout the USA.
Known as a charismatic front man and soulful guitarist, Mark engages his audience directly in live performances and delivers his original compositions with a mix of sincerity, honesty and often a touch of humor. He is equally at home on acoustic or electrified instruments and retains writer/arranger credits on all of his recorded projects. Marks vocal range stretches from basement baritone to full-on growl and his original lyrics draw the listener in and paint a picture of the many worlds within the Blues.