Touring behind his recently released CD and Cassette, “Looking for Leon,” Atlanta-based singer/songwriter Todd Mack offers a musical mix consisting of roots style rock and roll and lyrically based folk. This combination is not incidental, but rather, serves as a representation of Mack’s musical preferences and versatility. The twelve original songs on “Looking for Leon” are a good barometer for the variety of music he plays. Recorded at Holed Up Studios in Atlanta, and engineered and produced by Blaire Lott, “Looking for Leon” is Mack’s first project for Atlanta-based Dog Driver Records. It was released in March of 1994.
Todd will be performing at Depuy Canal House in High Falls on Friday, November 18 at 9 PM and Rip Van Winkle Cafe in Saugerties on Saturday, November 19 at 8 PM.
Mack describes his music as being on the “gritty” side, “not necessarily soothing or pretty - music from the gut.” His songs often resemble short stories, tales that sometimes lack happy endings but nevertheless maintain a common thread of honesty as integrity and strike a chord in the listener. his creative blending of rock and folk has been labelled “Folk-n-Roll.” “Todd’s music really is a unique mix of style” says album producer Blair Lott. “It’s different from what’s out there these days in both the folk and rock worlds.” Creative Loafing, an Atlanta-area weekly newspaper, described Mack as “a practitioner of long, picturesque songs with a strong acoustic guitar strumming pointedly in the wings. his lyrics are, for lack of a better term, Dylanesque, while his scruffy vocals bring to mind Gordon Lightfoot.” Out ‘n About in Asheville, NC recently wrote that Mack’s music “highlights a gritty, down-to-earth style that injects rock touches into a basic folk song format.” Highpoint Magazine in Atlanta, GA declared that Todd’s unique sound “sets him apart stylistically from what most people have come to expect from Atlanta’s acoustic scene.”
Mack lists Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Richard Thompson, Paul Simon, Loudon Wainwright III and a host of other folk and rock songwriter/performers as musical influences, and indeed considers himself both a folk and rock performer. Equally comfortable as a solo performer or fronting a band, Mack’s greatest strength may be his versatility. Over the years, he has performed with a number of musicians including The Cosmic Gypsies, a folk-rock band Mack put together whose instrumentation included guitar, bass, drums, harmonica, fiddle, and mandolin. Currently, he performs in a variety of formats including solo, do with multi-instrumentalist beth Heidelberg who accompanies Mack with flute, saxophone, recorder, pennywhistle, clarinet, autoharp, and backing vocals, and with a band which includes bass and drums backing the duo.
Performing regularly in Atlanta since 1988, Mack has expanded his musical horizons up the East Coast with extensive touring from Georgia to Maine. His strong live shows have been met by high praise from press and audiences alike. Recently, Metro Pulse Magazine in Knoxville, TN urged its readers to “get in tune with the Folk-n-Roll specialist.” The Ithaca Journal in Ithaca, NY states “Todd Mack performs folk music with the edge of sandpaper. Powerful acoustic strumming and rough-hewn vocals make him a must-hear.” Whether performing solo, as a duo, or with a band, one can always expect a solid performance of well-written, though provoking songs about real people and real issues. With extensive touring lined uup throughout the East Coast for the remainder of the year and across the nation to the West Coast in early ‘95, Mack is sure to reach out to many more listeners along the way.