Songwriters Showcase~Every Wednesday~7:30pm to 9:30pm
This week~Host: Dub Robinson~Guest: Mark Skelton
There’s something about a musician from the Southside of San Antonio. I know because I’ve been observing them for 40+years. This is not a knock on any other musicians from any other side of town, Lord knows San Antonio is FULL of top-notch musicians, but there’s something about that side of town that infuses traits in their style that can only come from living it, feeling it, seeing it, smelling it, tasting it and hearing it. The IT being life on the side of town where cultures blend along with the music, where the disparity between the classes isn’t as noticeable, traditions stand and people work hard and play harder. You’re expected to earn your money. It helps to have a sense of humor. Mark Skelton is a S. Sider, been playing music there for 40+years. He is the lead section for Bimbo and Borderline, a true Southside Tradition and one of my favorite bands. He plays guitar,steel and sings in this three piece band. He does all three really well and to watch him do a seamless transition between the two instruments is spellbinding. It leaves me scratching my head. As good as that is, it doesn’t stop there. He is a Helluva songwriter and producer. Right now, Mark is the only independent artist I know getting his material heard and his name mentioned along with it on Clear Channel Radio on a day to day basis. Clear Channel doesn’t play local artists. Literally millions of people hear him every day, and it seems like it’s gonna last a while, as long as he keeps submitting songs. This is where that sense of humor thing comes in. Mark seized the attention of WOAI radio host Joe Pags when he sent him a song plugging Pags show that he had written and produced, engineered and recorded. He also played all the instruments and sang it. Smart aleck. Joe, being a huge music fan started playing it frequently. I heard the song and was knocked out by it. Then Pags announced who it was and I was pleasantly surprised, but not really, Mark has been producing his own material for years. It really shows. As good as his comedy is his more mainstream music is as good, if not better, depending on your mood. I know because I’ve been privy to some of it and it is definitely Top Notch. He has put some tunes up on CDBaby, it’s worth your time to check it out. Rockin’, Bluesy, Countryfied, Honky -Tonkoriginal music with some honey on top, played right. It’s a Southside thang! Mark and I are scheduled to do a show at Hondo’s on Main Oct.26, 7:30-9:30. We promised to steal as many licks and lyrics/ideas from each other as we could in two hours without getting mad, but you never know, we’re a couple of Southsiders. Don’t miss the fun!