Mark T. Small will move you to a whole new love of American music. From the hills to the cities, from the rural backwaters to the urban alleys, this is roots music played by a man who has studied it, got lost in it, and at times seems to fall down on his knees and prayed to it. -

The Dirty Lowdown Copyright © 2011 Robert Carraher All Rights Reserved

Music Review: “Black, White and the Blues” by Mark T. Small


Given that it’s all been done before – is there any reason to seek out Small’s versions of tunes that have been recorded hundreds of times? The answer is an emphatic yes – Small is a superb guitarist and a fine vocalist, but most important, he brings the material to life. From his clever blend of rhythms on “Trouble No More” – listen closely and you’ll also hear hints of “Smokestack Lightnin’” – to his re-invention of “The Thrill Is Gone” – he invests each tune with expressive urgency that’s as immediate as today’s headlines. In Small’s hands, these songs breathe and sweat and cry just as much as they did ‘way backwhen – by John Taylor the blues/16a54d9be0a2c1a7b9a1fcb7735c23ff

"He is one of the best young blues singers I've met and had the opportunity to play with in a long time. I could listen to him all night. He knows the Blues!" 

Elmore James JR - Bluesman &  son of electric slide guitar founder Elmore James

"Mark T. Small is one of the best!!! He's a Bluesman in both spirit and soul. I 
welcome him on stage with me anywhere. HE IS MY FRIEND !!" Shor'ty Billups - International Bluesman w 60+ years of touring experience

Mark T. Small is the consummate Bluesman, an electrifying performer, master interpreter and highly skilled musician with a great sense of history."
Patrick Norton - President of The Narrows Ctr For The Arts, Fall River, MA

"A Mark T. Small performance isn't just entertainment; it's an education. If you want to know where your rock-n-roll came from, Small will be happy to teach you - and he'll do it in a fashion you won't soon forget."

The Standard Times, New Bedford, MA - August 13, 2010

He reminds me of the days sitting on the porch every Saturday evening with my Granddaddy listening to Lightnin Hopkins, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed and Howlin Wolf - all rolled up into one. I wish my Granddaddy could have met him!"  

Hatti Barrett - President of The Down Home Blues Society, Boston, MA