Mark "Mr. Blues" Hodgson
Mark Hodgson has been
recently nominated by THE ORLANDO WEEKLY as the ''BLUES
ARTIST OF THE YEAR" .
Mr. Hodgson has performed for the last 27 years, starting on 'HARMONICA AND
VOCALS' and eventually picking up acoustic finger - style guitar in 1974 while
working on a dairy farm in Louisville,Ky. The songs of BOB DYLAN,JOHN PRINE
AND KRIS KRISTOFFERSON became the staple of his repoitre out of his love of
folk music and his need to work as a musician as quickly as possible. Within 6
months of teaching himself the guitar he was working at various niteclubs in
and around the Louisville area.
Mr. Hodgson's first attempt at BLUES came around 1970. LEROY CARR'S " HOW LONG
BLUES" became the first BLUES SONG he sang to a live audience although, his
first HARMONICA performance occurered in 1967 at the high school talent show.
Mr. Hodgson has, since those humble beginnings, performed in-concert with the
likes of B.B. KING, BUDDY GUY, JOHN MAYALL,JAMES COTTON, KENNY WAYNE SHEPARD,
LEON RUSSELL, JOHNNY WINTER AND SCORES OF OTHERS.
In JULY OF 1998, Mr. Hodgson was chosen to play HARMONICA with TANYA TUCKER
and JOHN BERRY for the TNN T.V. SPECIAL "SUMMER SPLASH" recorded at DISNEY'S
PLEASURE ISLAND. The show has aired twice NATION-WIDE.
The HOUSE OF BLUES has also discovered the talents of Mr. Hodgson where he
performs on an almost monthly basis.
Mr. Hodgson appears on many world-wide cd releases including his critically
acclaimed "EXTREME BLUES". Other titles include: WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE BOOT",
LIVE FROM OB'S, MERRY CHRISTMAS!, BACK PORCH BLUES, HARPBEAT OF THE SWAMP,
SUNSHINE STATE BLUES SAMPLER, THE MARK HODGSON BAND, ROMEO IS BLEEDING, BUZZ
AWHILE, BLUE IS..., SURVIVAL IN A TOURIST TOWN, MIDNIGHT CREEPERS DAYTONA