This group would become a major influence for years to come because it combined Bluegrass and Rock, Pop and Blues that would pre date The Alternative Music style by at least a decade. Songs by the Kingston Trio, Bill Monroe, Vassar Clements would share the bill with The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie etc…and .were played to a young 20 year old crowd using Banjo, 12 String guitar, Electric Guitar and Bass along with the harmonica acting as fiddle and keyboards. Hodgson studied Charlie McCoy and Vassar Clements licks in combination with the Blues of Paul Butterfield and Sonny Terry giving birth to a unique style of harmonica playing utilizing the “Clean Acoustic Sound” as opposed to the “Dirty Amplified Sound.” •1972 The Armstrong Brothers move to Gainesville to attend University of Florida putting the band in limbo. Hodgson moves with the group but is soon disenchanted with the lack of time spent on moving the band ahead. •1972 hitchhikes to New Orleans living on the street •1972 Hodgson has everything stolen from him on Bourbon Street including a hand made harmonica bandellaro crafted by Charles Beck. •1972 After a dismal experience in New Orleans, Hodgson hitches back to Daytona Florida with a “case of the blues” finding employment as a debt collector. •1972 Hodgson purchases 1968 Plymouth Belvedere and heads to Louisville, KY on a tip from owner of collection agency to hook up with Guitarist/vocalist Will Perryman who had a minor regional single “Under My Thumb” •1972-1974 Hodgson moves to Boston working with Strayte Tayste Blues Band performing with Luther ‘guitar jr.’ Johnson at The In-Square Men’s Bar, The Speakeasy, and meeting Muddy Waters along the way •1974-1976 Hodgson moves to Fayetteville, Ark with Tim Alexander of Asleep At The Wheel Fame, working with The Cate Brothers (Union Man) and meeting Levon Helm •1976-1983 Hodgson moves to NYC travelling back and forth between Florida and the Northeast working the clubs and performing in 2 off-off Broadway plays, “BOY ON THE STRAIGHT BACK CHAIR and BUS STOP •1983-1985 Hodgson moves to Nashville as a writer with COMBINE MUSIC/TENNESSE SWAMP FOX MUSIC as a songwriter •1985-1990 Hodgson moves to Daytona Beach, FL operating MAC’S FAMOUS BAR and working with Noble thin man Watts and Bob Greenlee in association with KINGSNAKE RECORDS playing Tobacco Road in Miami as Headliners •1990-2000 Hodgson works all the hot spots in the area especially as House Band at the Famous BOOT HILL SALOON from 1995-2000 •Since we opened in August, Hodgson has become the favorite at the House of Blues here in Orlando. •Adam Shipley, Talent Buyer- •Works closely with HepCat Prod & Adam Shipley for House of Blues Orlando •2001-2007 Hodgson moves to Richmond, Va.
Raising his son, Anthony and travelling back and forth to Florida, taking care of his mother and working steady around the state •2007 Hodgson move to New Smyrna Beach, FL working full time at The Garlic as solo performer, marrying Karen Clancy and raising her daughter Emily THE FOLLOWING IS A CONDENSED VERSION OF MY LIFE SO FAR MAKING FOR AN INTERESTING INTERVIEW FOR THE DETAILS Born in Detroit, grew up in Daytona Beach, Mark’muddyharp’Hodgson, started listening to the music through the influence of the British Invasion. John Mayall and the Rolling Stones provided the LP’S that would turn the 12 year old on to the wonderful world of the 12 bar blues. One day at a friend’s house in Daytona Beach, while his buddies were surfing, the youngster noticed a harmonica lying on the kitchen counter. He went over and picked it up.
He blew into it and from then on he was hooked. The friend gave the ‘HARP’ to him. This simple introduction would prove to be a turning point in the lad’s life. He devoured everything he could find on the subject of the Blues sometimes walking 10 miles just to go to a record shop that was rumored to carry all the 78’s and 45’s available at the time.
Discs by Muddy Waters, Howlin’Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter and Sonny Terry would more than satisfy the new found hunger. As the days grew into months and the months became years, Mark’muddharp’Hodgson, became a band leader. The night club scene in Florida was strong in the 70’s and 80’s and would become a proving ground for the Budding Bluesman. The first recording that was released under Hodgsons’ name was a vinyl LP titled ‘Mark Hodgson and The Rootie Tootie Band ‘SURVIVAL IN A TOURIST TOWN’. This was a live recording and put the group on the map.
Soon the boys would travel to Nashville to record demos for Gary Lamb productions. The music was ahead of its time incorporating rock and reggae with the blues, in 1981 this was a bit much for the Nashville crowd, tuned into the likes of groups like ALABAMA. Hodgson was asked to stay on in Nashville to become a solo artist but declined out of loyalty to his friends in the band. The years flew by and so did the members of the group. There were more recordings, concerts, nightclubs, videos, and heartaches.
Through it all, Hodgson remained entrenched in the Blues and kept writing and performing. In 1985, Hodgson once again tried the Nashville game. Tony Joe White, the composer of Mega Hits, Polk Salad Annie and Rainy Night in Georgia, among others, signed Hodgson to a publishing contract. During this period Hodgson became involved with the Memphis Blues Foundation and placed 1st runner up in the National Blues Talent Search.
Many notables were introduced to Hodgson at the time, which led Bob Greenlee of King Snake records to go National with his fledging Blues label based in Sanford, Florida. Hodgson was responsible for placing The Return of the Thin Man, The comeback recording of the late Tenor Saxophonist, Noble Watts, on the W.C.Handy Awards, 1985 ballot for best recording. The partnership of Mark’muddyharp’Hodgson and Noble ‘thin man’ Watts lasted almost 20 years. When Noble passed in 2004, Hodgson went solo. In 2005, Hodgson started a scholarship fund, with the Daytona Beach Community College, in the names of Bob Greenlee and Noble Watts.
The Florida Blues All-stars were formed by Hodgson to commemorate the music of his two late friends. This yearly event is held each February at the Mike Curb Center in Daytona Beach. Hodgson is currently working at The Garlic…….www.thegarlic.net…Wed-Sat 6pm,. People are talking about.... MARK “MUDDYHARP” HODGSON.
. .The best harmonica I've heard. Jeff Healy-MCA Records. . .You got your own guitar style, man. Buddy Guy-Silvertone Records.
. .You play likes you were born to it. Junior Wells. . .So blistering is Hodgson's harmonica, it would turn the heads of Nashville Folk & heavy metal kids. Rick De Yampert-The Tennessean.
. .Hodgson is probably the best blues player in Florida. On "Xpress Train," his harmonica blaze would make John Popper jealous. Dennis Walkling-Jam Magazine. .
. Our Sun Is Gonna Shine, one of three Hodgson originals. . .
performed to perfection. Blues Print-August. . . Plays harp at a frenetic pace.
. . Dennis Maloney-Skylands Blues News, NJ. . .
Usually it's the guitar slingers who go over the top. . . it's refreshing to see a harpist do the same. Bill Harriman-Sound Waves.
. . World-class musician. Tinsley Ellis, TELARC RECORDING ARTIST. .
. With the hundreds of harmonica players out there it's easy to become somewhat cynical and closed-minded. Too many harp-blowers doing' and saying' the same thing. It's rare that you find someone with talent and strong enough individuality to make them stand out from the pack.
. . Mark Hodgson shows enough brilliance to warrant close and careful scrutiny from here on in. Andy Grigg-Real Blues, Canada Aug/Sept One of the strongest indie releases of the year. .
. Hodgson is a first rate harp player and a convincing vocalist. . .
tight classic sounding and loads of fun. Detroit Blues-Aug./Sept. Since we opened in August, Hodgson has become the favorite at the House of Blues here in Orlando. Adam Shipley, Talent Buyer-. . .
When this album is good, it is painfully great. Doug Elfman-Daytona Beach News Journal .....With just acoustic guitar, harmonica and his rich, Rottweiler-bark of a voice, Hodgson kicks Satan’s butt and conjures the spirits of Muddy, Stevie Ray and Robert Johnson Rick de Yampert--Daytona Beach News Journal ....You perform with a lot of taste and good attention to the tradition without trying to copycat anyone. My compliments on some very good music Bruce Iglauer...Founder Alligator records email.....firstname.lastname@example.org WHAT DO THESE PEOPLE HAVE IN COMMON? BOZ SCAGGS B.B. KING BUDDY GUY JOHN COHEN CANNED HEAT JOHNNY WINTER BO DIDDLEY CHARLIE DANIELS MARIA MALDAUER KENNY WAYNE SHEPPARD LEON RUSSELL FOGHAT BUCKWHEAT ZYDECO DIXIE DREGS REV. BILLY C.
WIRTZ THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS BOB MARGOLIN JIMMY THACKERY JIMMY HALL JERRY REED TIM McGRAW DIAMOND RIO JOHN BERRY TANYA TUCKER TONY JOE WHITE BILLY COX GYPSY SONS AND RAINBOWS BLUE OYSTER CULT NOBLE’THIN MAN’ WATTS JUNIOR WELLS ERWIN HELFER DETROIT JR. S.P. LEARY ODIE PAYNE JR. VASSAR CLEMENTS THE VENTURES THE NIGHTHAWKS ROOT BOY SLIM THE OUTLAWS MOLLY HATCHETT GREG ALLMAN TINSLEY ELLIS PAT TRAVERS RICK DERRINGER EDGAR WINTER SAVOY BROWN CARROTT TOP SONNY RHODES THE BUTTHOLE SURFERS BLACKFOOT LUTHER GUITAR JR. JOHNSON GEORGE MILLER ELLAN BOOSLER ROGER EARL (FOGHAT) BRYAN BASSETT (WILD CHERRY) JOE BERARDI (STAN RIDGEWAY) LEE ROY PARNELL PETE CARR (BOB SEGER, HOUR GLASS) SYLVAN WELLS (THE NIGHTCRAWLERS) JOHN HOSTETTER (MURPHY BROWN) THREE DOG NIGHT THEY HAVE ALL BEEN IN CONCERT WITH MARK’muddyharp’HODGSON Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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