Latest Update: April 30, 2013
Spring has finally come to Central New York, and Mark is celebrating with a studio reunion with Andy Pratt. These two have a long history together, and work is progressing at Near Miss, Mark's studio, on three new songs: "Three Ring Circus", "Killer Smile", and "Trial By Fire". Andy is in great voice and is writing really great songs these days.
There are plenty of opportunities this Summer to see Mark play live with his band, Mark Doyle and The Maniacs. Check out the Maniacs web site, markdoyleandthemaniacs.com for all the latest tour dates.
March 18, 2013
Check out the archive store for reduced prices on several albums. Also now available are the separate albums of Jukin' Bone ("Whiskey Woman" and "Way Down East"), previously only available in the "2 On 1" CD set.
Feb. 22, 2013
It's hard to know the players without a scorecard, but Phil Broikos has left Mark Doyle and The Maniacs. The long commute to and from his home in Rochester and the day-to-day responsibilities of his family business necessitated the decision. We wish Phil all the best and welcome the great Pete McMahon into the fold. Pete is a former member of Savoy Brown and The Kingsnakes (who Mark produced) and is also a featured player on the new Pushin' CD and DVD. Anyone who was at The Redhouse CD release party on Dec. 22 where Pete was a special guest knows what a perfect fit he is. Rehearsals with Pete are starting to smoke, and this should be a really excellent line-up. First gig is March 22 at Carnegie Cafe.
The April 2013 issue of Vintage Guitar has a great review of Pushin' written by Rick Allen. We quote: " Doyle is a whiz of a guitarist and a champion of late-60s blues rock. Spirited originals run alongside cherry-picked covers like John Mayall's "I'm Your Witchdoctor" for a pugnacious little album that hits all the right receptors." Short and sweet!
Congratulations to former Maniac Jack "Penetrator" Lipton on his Sammy nomination. Forgotten Boy has been nominated for Best Rock CD of 2012! Keeping it in the family, Mark produced, performed, recorded and mixed the seven new tracks, and former Maniac Terry Quill co-wrote 3 of the songs and also plays harp and guitar on the record. Way to go, Jack - we'll be rooting for you on Friday, March 8 at The Palace Theater in Syracuse.
In other Sammy news, Ronnie Leigh's album Live at Apple Jazz was nominated for Best Jazz CD. Mark is featured as a guitarist throughout.
Fans of Mark's solo albums may want to take advantage of a March Madness Sale at CD Baby. All three solo CDs are discounted down from $14 to $9.99.
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That's it for now - stay warm!
Dec. 28, 2012
Since the last update, the new version of Mark Doyle and The Maniacs debuted in May, with longtime drummer Frank DeFonda and Mark joining forces with Joel Kane on bass, 2nd guitar and vocals, and Phil Broikos on bass, 2nd guitar, keyboards, trombone, harmonica and vocals. The new lineup is out playing some incendiary shows, and has hit the studio to record the third Maniacs album, called “Pushin’.” After two albums that paid homage to the British Blues Boom of the Sixties, and specifically Doyle's heroes Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Peter Green and Kim Simmonds, the release of "Pushin'" shows The Maniacs standing on their own feet with a bluesy, rockin' and (dare we say it) mature release of mostly original music. Included along with the six brand new Doyle originals is a stunning version of Jukin' Bone's "Nightcrawler", a turbo-charged version of Freddie King's "Palace of the King" and a final tip of the hat to British Blues godfather John Mayall with "I'm Your Witchdoctor."
Along with the band, look for special guest artists Pete McMahon on harmonica, Darryl Pugh on upright bass, and Marcia Hagan, Kathy Goode and Jennifer Davis on backing vocals. The record was once again produced by Mark and engineered, mixed and mastered at More Sound by Jason “Jocko” Randall.
The band also enlisted videographer Juan Junco and editor Sandra Jackson to document the sessions in an excellent “rockumentary” DVD called “The Making of Pushin’,” an indispensable companion piece to the album, featuring interviews, commentary, performances, official videos, and all the inner-sanctum goings-on involved in the producing of a record.
You can order the new CD on CDBaby
or order both CD and DVD right here on The Archive Store.
Thanks to all who joined the band for the special CD/DVD Release Party at The Redhouse on Dec. 22.
That’s it for now – Happy Holidays!
Mark’s brand new solo album, “In Dreams: Guitar Noir II” is out and has been garnering great reviews, which you can read by clicking on the album’s cover on the Discography page.
beautiful autumn in Central New York and time for our Fall Update.
This past Spring finally saw the release of Mary Fahl’s
“From The Dark Side Of The Moon”, produced by Mark and
David Werner and available as a digital-only release
on iTunes and amazon.com. You can also enjoy the album on Spotify.
Mark and Mary had a reunion at Mary’s wedding in July, where
they treated the small gathering to an acoustic duo performance
of “Brain Damage” and “Eclipse.”
Also released: Jack “Penetrator” Lipton’s new album, “Forgotten Boy,” and a great children’s record that Mark produced, featuring him and his two sisters Lisa and Amy Doyle. The group has been named 3D (for 3 Doyles) and the disc is called “Lion Face Song.” All of the above mentioned discs are available on CD Baby.
Fans of Mark’s jazz piano playing who enjoyed “Indian Summer” last year may want to check out his new release, “Christmastime Is Here,” a selection of holiday favorites done in the jazz style. Available on The Archive Store page of the site.
Mark Doyle and The Maniacs won the Sammy Award for Best Blues CD for the second year in a row, this time for their disc “Comin’ Home.”
In rather sad news, The Maniacs played their last show with their current line-up at The Redhouse on Nov. 19. Terry Quill (second guitar, harp and vocals) and Michael P. Ryan (bass and vocals) are leaving because of work-related issues with their day jobs. We wish them the very best. Auditions are in progress to replace the guys and the band will continue with Mark and Frank DeFonda on drums.
That’s it for now – Happy Holidays to all!
And September 30th marks the official release date of Mark’s
long-awaited follow up to Guitar Noir, called “In Dreams:
Guitar Noir II.” It will be available as both a digital release
and as a limited edition Pro-CDR from CDBaby. You can read all about
the making of it by clicking on its icon on the discog page.
Mark Doyle & The Maniacs
had a busy summer playing several key festivals, including Blues
Fest in Syracuse, McCauley Mountain Music Fest in Old Forge, and
Sterling Stage in Sterling. They also were support act for
Robin Trower at the Westcott Theater in June, and will
be support act for The Zombies at Oneonta Theater
on Sept. 11. After Mark returns from a trip to London, England in
October the band will hit the studio in November to begin recording
an EP of all-original songs, followed by a live concert recording
for release on DVD and CD.
Also slated for release in the Fall
is an anthology album from Jack “Penetrator”
Lipton, garage-rock pioneer and former singer of The Maniacs.
Besides a choice few blasts from the past, there are six new songs
produced by Mark. The record is called “Forgotten Boy.”
In other production, Mark and David
Werner finished co-producing 5 songs for artist Maddie
Georgie, now renamed Madison.
French singer/ songwriter Violette
de Bartillat is still working on her follow-up CD, for
which Mark is providing string arrangements and guitar.
That’s it for now – more updates to come.
It’s beautiful autumn in Central New York and
time for our Fall Update. The big news is that Mark Doyle
and The Maniacs took home a Sammy at the 2010 Sammy Awards,
held at the On Center in Syracuse, NY. The band was awarded Best
Blues CD for 2009’s “Shake ‘Em On Down: A Salute
To The 60s British Blues Boom.” The band also closed the show
with a scorching 20-minute performance.
The following day Mark was part of a Producer’s Panel at the
first ever MIC Conference, also at the On Center.
And October saw the launch of the band’s official website,
Mark has been busy playing live dates with the band, who enlisted
manager Greg Jackson to oversee their affairs. Check the website
for up-to-the-minute news and live dates.
August saw the release of Michael Gordon’s
second CD, “Keep Me In The Basement,” produced/arranged/co-performed
by Mark. And coming in November, the long-awaited first-ever solo
album from original Free Will/Jukin’ Bone member George
Egosarian, called “Songs Over Time,” also produced/arranged/co-performed
In other production, Mark is 3 songs into co-producing artist Maddie
Georgie with old compadre David Werner.
The pair also lent production skills to Ronda Z’s
album, “Reverie,” out now.
French singer/ songwriter Violette de Bartillat
is working on her follow-up CD, for which Mark is providing string
and horn arrangements.
And lastly, The Maniacs take over The Redhouse
in Armory Square again on Saturday, Oct. 23rd.
Apologies for the long time between updates.
Over the course of the last year, the album Mark produced for talented
singer/songwriter Michael Gordon, “Dream
Board”, was released and is available on CD Baby and Amazon.
As a matter of fact, Michael and Mark just finished the follow-up
CD, which is due out this Fall.
French singer/ songwriter Violette de Bartillat released her album as well, also available from those outlets and
featuring Mark’s string arrangements and guitar work.
Also over the course
of the long winter Mark concentrated on writing and doing demos
for the second album from his band, Mark Doyle & The
Maniacs. The band premiered all of the new originals in
the course of their live dates, finally culminating in another few
days of intense sessions at More Sound in March. The result, a brand
new Maniacs album called “Comin’ Home”, was released
in early May. The band plays a CD Release party at The Redhouse
in Syracuse on May 22.
Opportunities to see Mark play live this summer are:
May 22 – Redhouse, Syracuse (Maniacs)
June 2 – Quaker Steak & Lube, Syracuse (Maniacs)
June 5 – Dwyer Memorial Park (Apple Jazz w. Charlie Bertini
July 13 – Hoopes Park, Auburn (Maniacs)
Aug 24 – Hoopes Park, Auburn (Maniacs)
Sept 1 – Quaker Steak & Lube, Syracuse (Maniacs)
Sept 25 – Harley Performance Center, Syracuse (Maniacs)
More live dates will be announced as we go. Please check http://myspace.com/mdatm for up-to-date additions.
That’s it for now – have a glorious Summer!
Apologies for the long
time between updates. Since last writing, Mark was enlisted as Music
Director and lead guitarist/keyboardist/ backing vocalist for the
CD Release Party of Laura Austin’s long-awaited
album, “Bittersweetheart” (yes, it finally got released!)
With a killer band assembled by Mark (Scott Allyn – acoustic guitar and songwriter; Peg Newell – guitars and backing vocals; John Goodwin – keyboards and backing vocals; Michael P. Ryan –bass and backing vocals, and Cathy LaManna on drums), they ruled The Redhouse for two shows on April 4, 2009
to an ecstatic response. A lot of preparation went into the shows:
the band rehearsed for two months.
Also over the course of the long winter Mark produced and played
on an upcoming CD from talented singer/songwriter Michael
Gordon, who is expecting a Fall release for the project.
Mark also traveled to Boston to do
string arrangements and guitar work on an album for up and coming
French singer/ songwriter Violette de Bartillat.
And in the midst of a February blizzard,
Mark went into the studio and in two days knocked off the debut
album from his new band, Mark Doyle & The Maniacs.
The record is called “Shake ‘Em On Down: A Salute To
The 60s British Blues Boom” and is a fiery homage to the four
great guitarists that most influenced Mark in his formative years: Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Peter
Green, and Kim Simmonds. The band features Terry Quill on harmonica and 2nd guitar, Jack
“Penetrator” Lipton on vocals, Michael
P. Ryan on bass and vocals, and Frank DeFonda on drums and percussion. The record was produced by Mark and recorded,
mixed and mastered by Jocko at More Sound in Syracuse. It’s
just been released and the band debuted at Taste of Syracuse on
June 5 to ecstatic reviews, following up with a headlining slot
at Inner Harbor on July 1.
On July 25 The Maniacs go deep catalogue
and play an entire night of British Blues Boom music at Bear Bones
in Auburn, from 9-12:30.
Opportunities to see Mark play live
this summer are:
May 23 – Paper Mill Island,
Baldwinsville (The Doyle – Whiting Band)
May 30 – Dwyer Memorial Park (Apple Jazz 25th Anniversary)
June 5 – The Taste of Syracuse, Clinton Square (debut of Mark
Doyle & The Maniacs)
July 1 – Inner Harbor, Syracuse Mark Doyle & The Maniacs)
July 21 – Hoopes Park, Auburn (The Doyle – Whiting Band)
July 26 – Bear Bones, Auburn (Mark Doyle & The Maniacs)
July 26 – Sherwood Inn R&B Fest, Skaneateles (The Doyle
– Whiting Band)
More live dates will be announced
as we go. Please check http://myspace.com/markdoylemusic for up-to-date additions.
That’s it for now – have
a glorious Summer!
reuniting of Mark and old partner Joe Whiting for a new album, “The
Truth” and a series of live dates last summer was a resounding
success. As a result, “The Truth” just won a Sammy Award
for Best Rock Album, and has been the impetus for a DVD biopic called
“The Truth – The Story of Mark Doyle & Joe Whiting”.
Directed by Timothy Daniel, the documentary spans the entire career
of Mark and Joe, together and separately, over the forty years that
they’ve been collaborating. The B-Side of the double-sided
disc features the legendary Storytellers Concert at The Redhouse
last October 20th. The DVD is out on June 9th and is having a premiere
screening at The Redhouse on June 24th.
Opportunities to see Mark play live this summer are:
May 24 – Paper Mill Island, Baldwinsville (The Doyle –
May 31 – Dwyer
Memorial Park (Apple Jazz Band)
June 14 – The
Redhouse (Mark guests on a few songs at the Andy Pratt solo show)
June 24 – The
Redhouse (Premiere of “The Truth” biopic – Mark
and Joe will answer questions afterwards)
July 11 – Cortland
Music Fest (The Doyle – Whiting Band)
July 15 – Hoopes
Park, Auburn (The Doyle – Whiting Band)
July 27 – Sherwood
Inn R&B Fest, Skaneateles (The Doyle – Whiting Band)
September 13 –
Emerson pavilion, Auburn (The Doyle – Whiting Band)
More live dates will
be announced as we go.
Mark has been busy
recording and producing. This year has seen the release of “Harboring
The Day” by Jonah Cohen, “Masters of War” by Andy
Pratt, “What I’ve Become” by 12AM, “Bad
Woman” by The Penetrators, and “China Ranch” by
Frank Briggs. All of these recordings are available at CD Baby except
Andy Pratt, available at <itsaboutmusic.com>. (Speaking of
Andy, he’s playing a solo show at The Redhouse on June 14th,
and Mark will guest on a few songs from the Resolution era. It will
be Andy’s first show in Syracuse since 1977!)
Mark has also wrapped up production on the first solo album ever
from George Egosarian, a founding member of Free Will and Jukin’
Bone. Called “Songs Over Time”, the record highlights
George’s singing and playing on songs that he’s written
over the last 30 years. It should be out by the end of summer.
Mark also was enlisted for keyboards, percussion and string arrangements
on the next acoustic album by Kim Simmonds, called “Out Of
The Blue”, slated for a September release.
Another string arrangement was provided by Mark for The Flashcubes
on their version of The Move’s “Blackberry Way.”
And rumor has it that the long-awaited CD/5.1 DVD by Laura Austin,
“Bittersweetheart”, is ready for release and will be
accompanied by some actual live dates this Fall.
That’s it for
now – have a glorious Summer!
lot of activity going on this summer, so let’s get to it:
Mark has collaborated with original Jukin’ Bone partner Joe
Whiting for their first original project together in 21
years. It’s a brand new album of 12 original songs called
“The Truth” and was released on June 1. Mark and Joe
will be out performing together over the summer to promote the record.
Confirmed dates so far are:
June 1 - The SAMMY Awards, Clinton Square, Syracuse
June 23 - Hanover Square, Syracuse, (double bill with The Kingsnakes)
July 6 – Lucky’s, Cortland
July 22 – Blues Fest, Clinton Square, Syracuse
July 29 – R ‘n B Fest, Skaneateles
August 7 – Hoopes Park, Auburn
Mark was also
a special guest at the Apple Jazz Fest this year on June 2. A special
event led by Charlie Bertini every year, the level
of musicianship was truly superb.
Work is almost
complete on the 12 AM record that has been in production
for a year and a half. Mark will be in Boston at the end of July
to mix the record with Mike Denneen (Fountains
of Wayne, The Click Five) behind the board.
The last week
of June/early July will see final recording and mixing on the Jonah
Cohen album that Mark has been producing off and on over
the last few years. The record should be released this Fall.
The ARCHIVE STORE (the area on the site that sells
vintage Free Will and Jukin’ Bone
recordings) has been so great that not only are we continuing it,
we have added two more titles. Click
here to check it out.
have been many inquiries about the state of the album Mary
Fahl: “From The Dark Side Of The Moon.” Sadly,
the original record label has succumbed to the “restructuring”
that is a rampant by-product of the state of today’s music
industry. Mary’s management and all involved are doing their
utmost to find a home at another label for this brilliant creation.
We live in hope and will keep you updated.
it for now – have a glorious Summer
everyone had a wonderful summer, and apologies for the LONG time between
updates. Things have been busy.
Recording is now complete for the new
Mary Fahl CD, to be released on V2 Records in January,
2007. Co-produced by Mark with David Werner, the record was mixed
in stereo and 5.1 by Bob Clearmountain at MixThis! in Los Angeles.
In addition to production, Mark did most of the engineering and
played all of the instruments (except for guest appearances by Pete
McMahon on harmonica and Josh Dekaney
on drums and percussion). Taking as its concept the complete reinvention
of a classic rock album, Fahl, Werner and Doyle dare to take on
Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” on Mary
Fahl: From the Dark Side of the Moon. Have doubts?
Mark has also completed production
on the second Kim Monroe CD, called “New
Reality” and available now. Recorded with Kim’s live
band, it is soulful, organic, and a big step forward from the first
album, with 6 new original songs co-written by Kim and Mark. The
band just finished a whole summer of touring to promote the album.
Believe it or not, manufacturing is
getting underway soon for the long-promised second CD from Laura
Austin. Called “Bittersweetheart”, it was produced
byMark and will be released as a double disc set consisting of a
DVD-Audio disc with high resolution 5.1 and stereo mixes (as well
as Dolby Digital versions if you don’t have DVD-Audio capabilities),
as well as video content, lyrics, photo galleries, etc. The second
disc is a conventional CD for the car, iPod, etc. And pre-production
has already begun on Laura’s third album, with demos already
completed for 7 new songs from the pen of her husband/songwriter
Other production duties over the past
year were three more songs for Jonah Cohen, making
a total of 6 tunes the pair have done together. And Mark produced
two songs for 12AM which helped garner them the
Sammy Award for Best New Artist in 2006. Check out the MySpace sites
for both of these artists togive a listen.
The only live date Mark was able to
fit in in the midst of all this production work was a show over
Thanksgiving ’05 with Jukin’ Bone at
the Turning Stone Casino in Verona. Since plans have been scrapped
to officially release either the 2 RCA albums or the Live at the
Dinosaur CD, Mark is making them available as one-off CD-Rs at the
new Archive Store. Click Here
That’s it for now, have a great Fall.
saw the release of 18-year old Kim Monroe’s
full-length CD, producedand co-written by Mark. The great live band
that Mark put together for her, featuring Peg Newell
on guitar, Will Tobin on keyboards, Matt
Hampson on bass and Liz Strodel on drums,
played dates throughout the summer and fall.
also saw the Jukin’ Bone reunion at the Sammy’s
and the Dinosaur Barbecue. The band cut a live CD from the Dinosaur
that will be held for release until this summer when more dates
Mark worked most of
the Autumn on the Solstice at the Cathedral Double
DVD, mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound. Finally the show has been captured
in all of its glory, recorded and filmed live in 2003. It was released
in December, to coincide with this year’s awesome Solstice
shows at the Cathedral. New performers
featured this year
were Andrew and Noah Van Norstrand, Dan
Duggan, Victoria Kinney, and The
Syracuse Brigadiers Drum Corps, as well as all the regular
greats: Joe Whiting, Donna Colton, The Soulstice Singers,
The Mandarins, Kenneth Meyer, J. Avery Head, and the fantastic
orchestra featuring Jeff Stockham, Brian Scherer, Mark Nanni,
Suzanne Stephenson, Matt Vacanti, Pearson Constantino,
and Dave DeDiro. This marked the 5th year that
Mark served as Music Director and Composer.
Solstice at the Cathedral Double DVD
Recording is finished
on the new disc by Laura Austin called “Bittersweetheart.”
It is being packaged as two discs, one a regular CD and the other
a high-resDVD-Audio in 5.1 Surround and 24-bit/88.2k that will also
feature interactive lyric and video menus. Look for a Spring release.
January 2005 sees the
release of the second volume of the Jimi Hendrix Tribute issued
by Comet Records in Italy. It is called “Gypsy Blood –
A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix Volume 2.” Along with Robben
Ford, Arlen Roth, Pat Travers, Hiram Bullock, Steve Lukather
and many others, you can hear Mark’s version of “Little
Wing.” Here is what writer Dave Thompson says about it: “And
Mark Doyle draws out such a sensitive reading of “Little Wing”
that Hendrix’s own greatest performance of the song, the gorgeously
soaring rendition that highlighted his In The West live album, is
surely the only version you could ever compare it to – hich
means there’s a lot of other versions, by a lot of other people,
that simply pale alongside it.”
January also sees Mark
producing young singer-songwriter Jonah Cohen for
an EP, and commencing work on a full album by singer Mary
Fahl (October Project) that Mark is co-producing with old
pal David Werner for a record label to be announced.