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Bottom of the Blues CD – $15.00
Bottom of the Blues is the newest release from Viator’s Rambleheart Studio. Ten songs take the listener on a journey from the Louisiana Gulf Coast to the verdant hills of central Texas, from a Crystal Beach beer joint to a lonely midnight train ride. Beautifully arranged, both vocally and instrumentally, this record is a must-have for fans of Texas-based Americana and its rich tradition of songwriting. Once again, Mark and Susan pull together a great lineup of Austin musicians, including Ed Friedland, David Carroll, Richard White, John McGlothlin, Jimmy Ruggiere, East Side Flash, Beth Chrisman, and Peter Schwarz. (Released April, 2014)

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Bottom of the Blues

New Jerusalem

These Arms CD – $15.00
“These Arms” is the fully realized debut release from this Austin, TX duo. It features Louisiana-swamp and Texas-folk infused songwriting by Viator, great vocal harmonies, knockout singing from Maxey, and richly textured work from Viator on acoustic, electric and slide guitars. “These Arms” delivers the goods with a collection of songs and arrangements that stands up to repeated listens. Features performances by Slaid Cleaves, Ed Friedland, Peter Schwarz, Jim Stringer, and Beth Chrisman, among others. (Released Aug, 2011)

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These Arms

Queen Of The Bayou

Wire & Wood – $15.00
Performed on his road-beaten Gurian guitar and a 1931 National Steel, Mark Viator presents Wire & Wood, an album of solo acoustic guitar. This song cycle winds its way through earthy, intimate fingerstyle guitar pieces, slide showcases and meditative rambles. Viator has assimilated the styles of people like John Fahey, Ry Cooder and the Hawaiian slack-key masters, to present his own take on American acoustic guitar, folk in origin but deeply reflective and expressive in delivery. A mature and simple offering from this veteran soundtrack composer. (Released Aug, 2011)

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Hawaiian Sunrise

bayou Teche
Bayou Têche CD – $15.00
Mark Viator’s first solo CD, Bayou Teche, is a collection of songs that covers the territory from his family roots in southern Louisiana to his home in Austin. Co-produced by Jane Gillman and recorded by Eric Blakely, Bayou Teche is a dose of swampy soul, folk, and acoustic blues featuring Viator’s masterful acoustic and electric slide guitar work, with story telling rich in evocative southern imagery. Bayou Teche features ten original songs and one co-write with Slaid Cleaves. Joining him is a collection of great Austin players, including Cleaves, Marcia Ball, Susan Maxey, Charlie Larkey, Eric Hokkanen, Peter Schwarz, Jane Gillman, and Rich Brotherton. (Released Feb, 2003)

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One Who Understands

Desert Highway Blues