South Jersey native Mark Evans' circuitous creative journey through a wide range of acting and musical projects culminates with a vinyl release party Aug. 24 for The Mark Evans Band's debut album, "Carousel."
“When we started recording these tracks, and the direction it was taking, it was gonna be ... vinyl from day one. I miss vinyl. There was only room for ... the best of the session. An album is like a Broadway show, a play in two acts. Side one had to take you somewhere, and end on a strong enough note for you to want to pick up that needle, turn the record over, and begin a new journey with side two," said Evans, who has called Downingtown home the last three years.
The album's cover art even depicts the underside of a carousel roof as a record. Inside are pop/rock songs that sound like they could have been released between 1966 and 1973. "That sound still moves me," Evans said.
The Mark Evans Band — which will be comprised of Evans on lead vocals and guitar, bassist Roy Fisher and drummer Jeff Pancoast from Philly band Richard Bush and The Peace Creeps, keyboardist Pat Robinson (who has a Grammy Award for producing an album by kindie music entertainer Steve Pullara), two string instrument players, a piccolo trumpeter and a guitarist filling in for Allen James — will play a concert at Chaplin's in Spring City.
A limited, 200-copy pressing batch of "Carousel" LPs will be available the night of the show. Every purchase will also come with a free digital download version.
The formation of The Mark Evans Band six years ago is a dream come true for Evans, who still vividly remembers stopping his car to listen to a solo by James on a Kenn Kweder song, and repeatedly wishing: "If I only had Roy Fisher ..."
Since the 1980s Evans' body of work includes co-writing "Steady Now," the love ballad by Amanda Kravat in the film “Never Again” that starred Jeffrey Tambor and Jill Clayburgh; acting in soap operas, independent films, off-Broadway productions and TV commercials; and music producing. "I'm sometimes influenced (musically) more by producers sometimes ... George Martin, Mitchel Froom ...," he said.
Even when he lived in New York in the '80s and '90s, Evans said he continued to follow the Philadelphia sports teams. "I met a woman from Chester County that brought me home," he said, mentioning his wife.
Get better acquainted with The Mark Evans Band at www.markevansmusic.com.