“One of a vanishing breed… Although all of us benefit from the tradition, Dvorak is one of the few who keep it alive. Listen. Join in.” -Utah Phillips
“His singing is warm and engaging. …Dvorak reminds us of how folk music becomes folk music.” -Sing Out!
As if channeling Carl Sandburg, Mark Dvorak’s songbook ranges across the American heartland celebrating the warmth of a beloved guitar, the last of summer’s fading glory and the tragic cycle of youth off to yet another war – love and loss writ large and small. Heartfelt lyrics, tasty instrumental licks, and gentle harmonies make this an intimate treat for the acoustic music fan who treasures well-crafted ensemble music. -David Roche, Executive Director,
Blue Bear School of Music, San Francisco
Mark Dvorak, a lifer in teaching and performing traditional Folk and Blues, steps out with his second album of vintage Americana style original songs. Produced by John Abbey, Time Ain’t Got Nothin’ On Me features 12 new songs, Brownie McGhee’s “Living With the Blues,” “Ruben Can You Play Your Banjo” by Bartholomew Bean, and “Two Little Boys.” Dvorak reflects on the passing of time and growing older; looking back while keeping an eye peeled towards the new. With a Chicago all-star cast of musicians and singers, featuring Dvorak’s voice, guitar and banjo, Don Stiernberg on mandolin and fiddle, John Williams on button accordion and piano; Brian Wilke, pedal steel; Christopher Walz, vocals, guitar and mandolin; Ellen Shepard, Sue Demel and Debra Lader, vocals; Colby Maddox, vocals and mandolin; Frank Rosaly, drums; and a guest turn on “God Bless the Open Road and You” from Chicago songwriting legend Michael Smith.
el and Debra Lader, vocals; Colby Maddox, vocals and mandolin; Frank Rosaly, drums; and a guest turn on “God Bless the Open Road and You” from Chicago songwriting legend Michael Smith.
1. The Middle Years
2. God Bless the Open Road and You
3. The Bluebells in Kentucky
4. The Saddest Town in Illinois
5. Time Ain’t Got Nothin’ On Me
6. Livin’ With the Blues (Brownie McGhee)
7. Song For a Dismal Day
8. Ruben Can You Play Your Banjo (Bartholomew Bean)
9. Promise of the Promised Land
10. My D-18
11. Take Me With You
12. I Hate to See The Summer Go
13. Two Little Boys (traditional)
14. It’ll Be Better When It’s Better
15. We Become