There are those musicians who can’t help but write about what they know… what they have experienced. Mark Brut certainly fits that mold.
Hailing from Philadelphia, Brut has spent the past 9 years in the south, recently relocating from Atlanta to Athens, GA. He maintains strong roots to his home town, but has also absorbed much of the music and culture that the south has to offer.
Mark’s writing continually touches on the same subjects…how your experiences mold you as a person, finding hope and dealing with disappointment in these trying times, and trying to make sense of "what you do and what you see." Songs such as “The Sky’s All Mine”, “Searching for a Reason” and “Almost There” certainly fall in these categories.
Beyond the songs, Mark’s strength lies in his guitar playing. While performing solo acoustic or electric in a band setting, Brut’s passion for life bleeds over into his playing. The diversity of his influences also is evident as you hear him play.
Mark has been fortunate to share the stage with artists such as Jerry Joseph and The Jackmormons, Patterson Hood of Drive By Truckers, Outformation, Cuban Stack, Brian Sofer, Adam Musick of Southern Bitch, David Barbe and the Quick Hooks, Meteorite and many other local and national touring acts.
Brut is also powerful as a cover artist, drawing from many different artists and making the songs his own.
Mark's influences are wide ranging and include the Grateful Dead, Widespread Panic, Alex Lifeson and Rush, Steve Howe, Neil Young, David Gilmour and Pink Floyd, Chris Whitley, the mighty Richmond Fontaine, Jerry Joseph, Jorma Kaukonen, Mark Knopfler, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Black Crowes, Dickey Betts, Warren Haynes, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Kimock, U2, Ween, Dave Meniketti and even Iron Maiden.