DittyTV viewers might recognize Mark Edgar Stuart as “the floating chair guy” who tells you about the studios and albums we love. But he’s a lot more than that! While those contributions are appreciated, he’s a musician himself and he also conducts some interviews for us with other musicians. Overall, he’s a great guy to know and you can follow him online at his website or on Facebook. Buy an album, and go see him perform live if you get a chance.
In 2010 I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a lot of free time on my hands, just sitting around the house with no hair. I bought myself a nice vintage guitar as a pity gift and I just really put a lot of hours into it. More than I had done before. Being a bass player, I was never comfortable playing with a pick so I guess that’s where my finger-picking technique really got started. I would try to sing and record myself singing. It was terrible, but I learned there was a certain small range that I could handle. There wasn’t a lot of songs in that range so I just wrote my own song custom-fitted for my voice. That song didn’t suck as bad as it should have, so I just kept writing. The things that were on my mind at the time was my current state of wellness and my father who was going down pretty fast at the time. All that inspired my first record, Blues For Lou.
Hank Williams Jr.’s Greatest Hits probably because it had curse words. When you’re 10 years old, that shit is funny. 🙂