Mark Collie & his Reckless Companions Alive @ Brushy Mountain State Pentitentiary

Posted on 30. Apr, 2012 by in News

The Service Station is proud to announce the release of Mark Collie’s Alive At Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary on Tuesday, May 1st with a special RECORD RELEASE event at 6PM at Nashville’s Hard Rock Cafe!

On Oct. 17, 2001, Country Star Mark Collie performed a sheaf of new original songs about life, Death Row, and redemption and nearly all of them heard for the first time on his new Alive At Brushy Mountain before an enthusiastic audience of inmates at Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary, the forbidding Eastern Tennessee facility that had numbered James Earl Ray, assassin of Martin Luther King, among it’s hardcore prisoners. Collie made an important statement, and a career recording.

“It’s some hard-edged, gritty country music that will stick with you,” wrote noted critic Chet Flippo on

Collie was a on mission to give the inmates something they could find hope in, or redemption, or restoration, or forgiveness.

He and famed producers Tony Brown & David Z assembled a remarkable collection of musicians, including Austin-based Critics’ Darling Kelly Willis, Ace songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Shawn Camp, guitarist David Grissom (Joe Ely, John Mellencamp), keyboardist Mike Utley (Jimmy Buffett, the Dixie Flyers), guitarist-mandolinist Tommy Burroughs (Memphis’ Riverbluff Clan), bassist Willie Weeks (the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, B.B. King), accordionist Hassel Tekkle (Kix Brooks, Mark Collie Band) and drummer Chad Cromwell (Neil Young, Mark Knopfler), and the late blues icon Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown.

The music embraces a breadth of American styles – country, blues, gospel, bluegrass, and rock ‘n’ roll. “Music saved my life,” said Collie. “If I can change one life with this work, it will all have been worth it.”

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Stephen McCord

Entertainment Service Station


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