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We Only Drink at Work

by Mark and the Pentones

Genre: Blues: New Orleans Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sunday Funnies
4:50 $0.99
2. Sneaking Sally Through the Alley
5:29 $0.99
3. I Earned the Right (To Sing the Blues)
4:42 $0.99
4. End of the World
4:40 $0.99
5. Immigrant Song/Whipping Post
15:10 $2.50
6. Old Man
8:49 $0.99
7. Big Chief/Hey Pocky Way/Treme
14:20 $2.50
8. Willin
5:19 $0.99
9. Going Back to Louisiana
4:28 $0.99
10. Don't Leave Nothing Behind
5:21 $0.99
11. Saint James Infirmary
6:18 $0.99
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Dean M. Shapiro

"Where Y'at Magazine" Review
Holding down the “early shift,” preceding Big Al Carson six nights a week at The Funky Pirate on Bourbon Street, Mark Penton and his eponymous group The Pentones have built up a following in their own right. Quiet and low-key, Penton doesn’t get a lot of ink or air time but it would not be an exaggeration to rate him among the top 10 lead guitarists in a city that has no shortage of them. Whether leading his own group or backing another artist – like he did on Smoky Greenwell’s 2008 Between Iraq and a Hard Place – Penton can be counted on to give a stellar performance. Anyone who can make his axe sing like the late, great Duane Allman gets my vote.

On this 11-track CD, recorded live at The Funky Pirate, Penton and band mates Eddie Christmas (drums, percussion) and Thomas McDonald (bass, backup vocals) offer up a smooth mix of slow bluesy numbers and lively up-tempo arrangements. They are, in most cases, long enough for all three musicians to stretch their musical legs and display their respective talents. And, in addition to being an extraordinarily gifted musician and vocalist, Penton is also an accomplished songwriter with four cleverly worded original compositions. “Sunday Funnies,” the opening track, likens the song’s protagonist to a comic strip character (“I feel like a joke / I spend all my money and you love me till I’m broke”). Nicely done covers include “Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley,” Neil Young’s “Old Man,” a medley of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” and The Allman Brothers’ “Whipping Post,” and a medley of classic Mardi Gras Indian songs (“Big Chief,” “Hey Pocky Way” and “Treme Song”). And, if “Don’t Leave Nothing Behind”—another Penton original—doesn’t convince you that he is one of the best guitarists around, nothing will. His solo at the song’s end is a killer!

Eddie Sal

Missing Penton Fan
Mark is such a great guitarist and his band is just as groovy. They are what New Orleans music is all about funky bluesy groovy soulful sounds that get you up and on your feet. This live album is the real deal check it out and feel like your in New Orleans at your favorite local bar. I love the variety of songs and grooves. The Pentones are my funk to get funked up.