Every Monday night, the best of West Virginia’s music scene can be found on U92-FM’s Morgantown Sound. This live music show is broadcast straight from the Mountainlair’s Gluck Theater, and it’s completely produced by West Virginia University students. Listeners can hear the show at either 91.7-FM or online at u92.wvu.edu.
WRITTEN BY Alec Berry
Mark Bates performs songs with an atmospheric edge. He’s concerned with leaving a haunting sensation as much as he is telling a story. As a singer/songwriter, that’s admirable. Such an approach dodges the usual dependencies on acoustic ballads and lyrical confessions, freeing an artist of the songwriter pigeonhole. Yet, he doesn’t entirely avoid these constraints. Instead, he explores emotionally-charged content through subtle means and shifting moods creating an involved listening experience.
Based in Los Angeles, CA, Bates originally stems from Hurricane. His second record Night Songs was self-released in June 2012 to a series of positive reviews from a mixed source of publications. Music News Nashville says Bates “lures listeners in like moths to a flame” with “the poet’s heart of Bob Dylan, the bohemian flair of Tom Waits and memorable melodies reminiscent of The Band.”
He dropped out of Marshall University after a semester and moved to Nashville to chase the usual dreams aspiring musicians have. It didn’t exactly work out for him, and after a brief stint in the police academy, Bates trekked to California to live with a friend and try his best in the entertainment business. So far, so good. He’s written songs for a few low-budget films and continues to produce his own work.
Bates will bring his singer/songwriter spin to the Gluck Theatre tonight.
Morgantown Sound airs at 8 p.m. on U92-FM, and anyone is welcome to watch in the Gluck Theatre.
For more information, visit Mark Bates website.
For more on Morgantown Sound, check out the show’s blog.