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 as Mark Collie & His Reckless Companions: Alive At Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary drops Friday (Oct. 14) via Eagle Rock Entertainment.
During his visits to Brushy, Collie also filmed a documentary, The Mountain, a powerful look inside the walls of one of the country’s […]
Mark Collie’s unlikely friendship with an ex-con
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 a concrete-block cabin in a wooded area of Henry County, authorities told the Lawrence Journal-World.
The woman escaped three days later, and her attackers were captured shortly after that.
“It was an ugly case,” he said. “One of those things you’ll never live down.”
Dixon served most of his […]
Performance and Autographs at the Grand Ole Opry
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 Mountain” New Air Times!
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.
Interview: Nashville’s Mark Collie discusses new country album
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 Johnny Cash. The song selection was an evolution in the process of my visits. I had a lot of help with some great producers that worked with me such as Tony Brown.”
Collie listed “On The Day I Die” as his personal favorite song on the […]
Mark Collie On New Documentary ‘The Mountain’ & Singing With Prisoners
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 be deeply affecting, with Collie witnessing the tragic goings on within what was once one of America’s largest maximum security prisons.
“There were a lot of young kids in there and some guys in there who doped, either dealing it or doing it. But, there were some […]
Mark Collie & His Reckless Companions – Alive At Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary
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 of musicians, was spurred to perform at Tennessee’s Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary – one of America’s most notorious penal institutions up until its closing in 2009. The reason: to spread the infectious vibe of hope and redemption.
On October 14, Eagle Rock Entertainment will deliver the recording of this […]
Mark Collie’s Top Hits Gathered For New ‘ICON’ Collection
Acclaimed singer/actor/songwriter Mark Collie’s top Billboard Country chart hits have been gathered for a new ICON collection, to be released April 15 by MCA Nashville/UMe. The new collection spans Collie’s MCA Nashville tenure, from his first hit, 1990’s “Something With A Ring To It,” to his No. 3 “Born To Love You,” No. 5 “Even the Man in the Moon is Crying,” and No. 13 “Hard Lovin’ Woman.” Collie’s four MCA Nashville albums, ‘Hardin County Line‘ (1990), ‘Born And Raised In Black & White‘ (1991), ‘Mark Collie‘ (1993), and ‘Unleashed‘ (1994), make their digital release debuts on March 25.