The doors at Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary have been closed for seven years, since 2009. However, once upon a time, the facility was a place that you didn’t want to enter if you were in the Volunteer State. The maximum-security prison was home to some of the South’s most hardened criminals. And, in 1999, it [...]
Mark Collie Carries Johnny Cash Torch With New ‘Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary’ Album & Documentary
Veteran country singer/songwriter hoped to "maybe shine some light into some darker areas of our world." Perseverance usually pays off, and veteran singer/songwriter/actor Mark Collie’s latest project is proof. It’s been 15 years since Collie visited Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary to perform for inmates at the maximum-security Tennessee prison. That recording is finally being released [...]
Andy Dixon says little about the kidnap-for-ransom conviction that put him in prison for most of his adult life. “It wasn’t pretty,” the 60-year-old says softly with a rural Tennessee twang. Dixon was 22 when he, his brother and a friend, using a gun, kidnapped an 18-year-old woman and shackled her to a bed in [...]
Mark will be performing at the Grand Ole Opry this Friday night, October 14th, with an in-store appearance and signing of "Alive At Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary" album following the show in the Opry Shop. Come out and see Mark Collie, Runaway June, Flatt Lonesome, Exile, Jeannie Seely, Emily West, John Conlee, Connie Smith, and more!
The Blaze Network has just released new air times for Mark Collie's documentary, "The Mountain"! The Mountain will air on theBlaze at 8Eastern/7 Central on Wednesday October 12th, 8E/7C on Saturday October 15th, and 8E/7C on Sunday October 16th. https://youtu.be/7N1DKvxw3TY Tune in!
Singer-songwriter Mark Collie, also known from the show "Nashville," chatted with Digital Journal about his new album, "Alive at Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary." Regarding his songwriting process for the album, Collie said, "I basically started writing the songs when I spent time with some ex-cons, and I was moved and inspired by the work of [...]
Mark Collie‘s new album Alive At Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary was inspired by the singer and actor’s visits to Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary, which also inspired a documentary. MARK COLLIE ON ‘THE MOUNTAIN’ Collie recorded his live album at Brushy Mountain in Morgan County, Tennessee, 15 years ago, back in October 2001. The visit proved to [...]
EAGLE ROCK DELIVERS AN INCREDIBLE CONCERT EXPERIENCE MARK COLLIE & HIS RECKLESS COMPANIONS - ALIVE AT BRUSHY MOUNTAIN STATE PENITENTIARY WITH GUEST STARS CLARENCE “GATEMOUTH” BROWN, SHAWN CAMP, AND KELLY WILLIS ~ON CD, VINYL, AND DIGITAL FORMATS OCTOBER 14~ New York, NY (September 14, 2016)—In 2001, singer-songwriter Mark Collie, with the accompaniment of an elite band [...]
Mark Collie’s “The Mountain”, a documentary about his mission to bring music and healing into the Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary will premier on The Blaze Network on August 24th, 2016 at 8PM Eastern. Check your local listings for channel lineup and additional airings. “I believed the songs could matter. I wanted to make something that [...]