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Must Be a Pony

by Mark Newman

Americana, Folk, Rock, Blues
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dead Man's Shoes
4:00 album only
2. What She Does to Me
5:20 album only
3. Must Be a Pony
4:26 album only
4. Hard in the Rain
3:46 album only
5. Mean Season (Lucille, Lucille)
5:09 album only
6. God for Sale
3:28 album only
7. Mambo Dancing
3:31 album only
8. Little One
3:21 album only
9. So, So Cynical
5:10 album only
10. New York Mining Disaster, 1941
3:04 album only
11. A Love in Vain
3:58 album only
12. Wanda
4:21 album only
13. Love Won't Ever Pass This Way Again
5:34 album only
14. Goin' Underground
3:11 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Growing up in New York, Mark’s musical
journey has taken him around the world
several times, however, he always returns to
his roots as a singer songwriter of the world
famous Bleecker Street in NYC.

Since his early years as a Bleecker Street
journeyman, Mark has never strayed from
that recipe of cooking up a stew of honest,
straight from the hip rock n’ roll, simmering
with the subtle flavors of blues, r&b, funk,
folk and soul music.

Well known as the front man for the group
Tao Jones whose album “Rorschash Sunset” was
critically acclaimed and achieved
worldwide distribution, Mark now releases
his newest solo project, “Must Be A Pony”.

At a time when the music industry seems to be
taking a step back, peeling away some of its
newer technology and production sounds,
Mark Newman’s organic sounds and textured
storytelling on this self-produced album seem
to fill a musical hunger created a long time
ago. “Must Be A Pony”, brings you back to a time
when records were made by musicians instead
of computer programmers.

“Must Be A Pony”, lays out a feast for the ears
and soul. The title song featuring guest
musicians Anton Fig and Steve Holley is a story
of a cynical adult’s attempt to rediscover the
magic of being an optimistic child.

The song that perhaps sets the strongest mood
for the rest of the album is “Dead Man’s Shoes”.
a layered story with twists and turns of a
man who needs to run because he borrowed
money from the wrong people.

A haunting version of the Bee Gee’s classic "NY
Mining Disaster" is perhaps more timely now
than when it was written.

There are many other guests featured in this
project including Mark’s long time friend,
Sam the Sham who shares both writing and
vocal credits on "Hard In The Rain".

On guitar it’s easy to see where Mark gets his
musical seasoning. His influences might be
considered the “usual suspects”; Eric Clapton,
Duane Allman, Jeff Beck, Albert, BB. & Freddie
King & Ry Cooder but there is nothing usual
in the way he combines them with his
songwriting influences; Lowell George, John
Hiatt, Frank Zappa, The Beatles and his vocal
influences Greg Allman, Paul Rodgers, & Paul

A strong rhythm guitarist, Mark is often
mentioned alongside other greats like Steve
Cropper. When it comes to slide he’s stirred
together with Duane Allman & Lowell George.
Mark uses “Must Be A Pony” to exemplify his
mastery of guitar, lap steel mandolin, and
dobro. His versatility in soloing on many
instruments make him one of the most sought
after musicians in the NYC area.

Mark is currently touring the world with
Sam Moore (Sam and Dave) and Sam the Sham.



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The Atomic Chaser, The DRP webzine

MUST BE A PONY: Mark Newman
Danal Music 2006

If there is a complaint I have with Mark Newman's latest release, 'Must Be A Pony' it is that it is too short. Containing a great batch of tunes that are all worth hearing at least once. Very warm, friendly, personable music. If soul music is supposed to reach deep into the heart, then this recording is a winner, lonesome and heartbreaking. As is evident on Mark's haunting rendition of the Bee Gee’s classic "NY Mining Disaster". 'Must Be A Pony' has a great laid-back & intimate feel. Play the disk and it immediately becomes apparent that Mark draws upon his intensity and wisdom to meld eloquent songs of pain like, "Love Won't Ever Pass This Way Again" and beauty on "What She Does To Me". A master of various instruments “Must Be A Pony” to exemplify Mark's mastery of guitar, lap steel mandolin, and dobro. Which Mark exhibits perfectly on the title track along with musicians Anton Fig (Dave Letterman) and Steve Holley. Mark's folk-blues fit squarely within the tradition of the genre, but the power of his feeling and emotions of his composition give the music a freshness and immediacy that is surprising at a time when it is easy to feel that the limits of creativity have been exhausted. Considered one of the most sought after musicians in New York, after listening to 'Must Be A Pony', it would be safe for me to say Mark Newman's music is going to be sought after on a global level. - The Atomic Chaser, The DRP webzine


Kathy Thomas

Must Be A Pony
I finally took the time to purchase Mark Newmans cd. Not surprisingly I enjoyed "Must be a Pony"
very much. Mark's guitar style is versatile and uniquely his own. His voice is not limited, strong,passionate, and sexy. There is something for everyone on his cd. All the players and background vocals are fluid and clean. Really nice! I look foward to the next Mark Newman c.d.