We all know Mark from his 10+ years touring and recording with Chris Jones & The Night Drivers. His soft-spoken demeanor and understated wit on stage complement the band as much as his deft and tasteful mastery of his instrument. And soon there will be a new album of his music for all of us to share.
Today Mountain Home releases a taste of the record, Shadowbands, a lovely mandolin instrumental played with bluegrass accompaniment. Stoffel tells us that the song was inspired by the solar eclipse of 2017, and the eerie figures of light associated with these episodes. If you’ve ever experienced it, you know what he means.
“You can find the specifics online, but in short, shadow bands are wavy light patterns that happen briefly before and shortly after totality. Like many of the phenomena associated with a solar eclipse, these happen on the ground, not in the sky, and it is truly amazing.”
Mark is supported here by Gina Furtado on banjo, Niall Murphy on fiddle, Josh Morrison on guitar, and Ross Sermons on bass. You can almost see the ripples of light he describes as you listen to the introduction.