Mark W. Lennon
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New album: Home of the Wheel


The SouthernTier are a Los Angeles based Americana band playing a mixture of Country, Bluegrass and Roots Rock. The SouthernTier are Mark Lennon - Guitar / Vocals, Patrick Taylor - Standup Bass, Eddie Lloyd - Drums, John Phinney - Pedal Steel / Banjo and Courtney Sudbrink - Electric Guitar / Mandolin.

The SouthernTier is fronted by North Carolina native Mark W. Lennon who released his full length debut album, Home of the Wheel in 2011. Compared to 2009’s much talked about EP, Down the Mountain, Home of the Wheel has a raw - stripped down sound, due in part to producer Marvin Etzioni. A former member of Lone Justice, Etizoni (who has worked with Steve Earle, Counting Crows and Lucinda Williams) helped Lennon create an album centering on well-crafted songs of lost love, reflection and longing for the South.

Lennon’s twang-tinged voice is authentic. He has the ability to deliver a positive spin on even the most melancholy sentiments. His honest and personal lyrics evoke imagery deeply rooted in his southern upbringing and family history, that seamlessly transition from depression era themes to modern day introspective on his conflict with life in Los Angeles.

“We just took the reigns off without much of a plan on Down the Mountain, which led to more of a jam style record. With Home of the Wheel, we shaved it to the bone,” Lennon says joking about the record. “Marvin had me so far out of my comfort zone, I didn’t know which way we were coming or going.”

Home of the Wheel
is an eclectic hodgepodge of Americana styles that will appeal to any musical taste. It ranges from Woody Guthri-esque folk “Home of the Wheel” to Gram Parsons-ish Country “California Calling,” to Desire era Dylan (“The River Stays the Same,” “Cold Mountain Steel” which feature Scarlett Rivera on fiddle), as well as rock “Stop and Go,” bluegrassy “These Times Better” and harmonic pop “Look for the Walls.”

"County, folk and Appalachian strains combine in sweet and sour melancholic tunes, some aided by ex-Dylan fiddle player Scarlet Rivera, that, like the lovely and poignant 'Before the Fall,' mine a rich vein of dusky and affecting Americana." -American Songwriter

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At 8:20pm on September 26, 2011, Barbara Bruederlin said…
Congratulations on a great sounding album, Mark!  I really enjoyed hearing your songs, beautifully done!
At 10:20am on September 24, 2011, Rick J Bowen said…
Great stuff! Classic American sound!
At 6:09am on September 23, 2011, Jessi Robertson said…
The new album sounds wonderful Mark. Congratulations!
At 5:04am on September 3, 2011, Skot Nelson said…
Thanks for the note and the add Mark. Listening to the album now. Quite like it. If I make it to L.A. I'll try to catch you (or if you ever make it up to the Pacific Northwest.)
At 8:41pm on August 31, 2011, Barbara Bruederlin said…
Thanks so much for the kind comment and the addition, Mark!  I'm really looking forward to listening to your music!
At 6:29pm on August 11, 2011, Jessi Robertson said…
Goregous music Mark!
At 7:44am on July 28, 2011, Will Pearsall said…

Hey Mark...Thanks for the comment.  You are doing wonderful work here. Great recordings, great music!

-Will Pearsall

At 11:55pm on July 27, 2011, Peter Wrench said…
thanks, Mark - some lovely music on your page: I'll investigate further!
At 7:29am on July 2, 2011, Dear Ben Nichols said…
Thanks, dude!  :)
At 6:32pm on June 28, 2011, Cedar Burnett said…
Thanks Mark!

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SouthernTier - "Misery"

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"Good Hearted Woman" by The SouthernTier

"Good Hearted Woman" by The SouthernTier Willie and Waylon Willie Nelson Video Tribute for
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Stop & Go

"Stop & Go" by Mark W. Lennon (Lennon/Etzioni) From the album Home of the Wheel Filmed and edited by ©2011. All Rights Reserved
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California Calling

"Thank You Mark- Very nice !!!!!"
Sep 27, 2011
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"Congratulations on a great sounding album, Mark!  I really enjoyed hearing your songs, beautifully done!"
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"Great stuff! Classic American sound!"
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"The new album sounds wonderful Mark. Congratulations!"
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MedicineShow/FlyinShoes review of DTM

"No production tricks, no esoteric instrumentation, just damn fine musicianship."
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ML interview and "Down the Mountain" featured on the latest Taproot Radio podcast

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Beat Surrender - Mark Lennon "Down the Mountain"

Mark Lennon is a roots singer / songwriter originally from North Carolina now transplanted to the West Coast he lives in LA where he plays and records with his band Jacob Morgan, Jerry Zacarias, Yoehi Shikano, Mike Russeck and Dean Vivirito along with a "talented bunch" of friends producing songs of "lost love, reflection, family and longing for the south", one of Mark's talented friends is Simone Stevens who add's her gorgeous vocal to Wildside, one… Continue

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