The thing I like most about Mark Jungers' album I'll See You Again is how easy it is to learn to sing along with them. These aren't compositional masterpieces written by a cloistered songwriter showing off his/her talents. These are songs most likely composed in Jungers head as he was going about his day to day work. They have a rhythm and flow that fits in with someone who has to work for a living. No nonsense. About real things and real people in central Texas. And the country hooks and rhythms that make them easy to sing along with.
I'm adding "I'll Be Home," "I Don't Want To Live There," "Johnson Farm," "What About You" to rotation.
Preview I'll See You Again by Mark Jungers on Amazon.
Mark Jungers was my guest on episode 47 playing songs from his previous album, More Like A Good Dog Than A Bad Cat.
Mark Jungers, from the bio.
Mark Jungers is no stranger to the Americana roots music scene. He's been playing it for years- since well before the term "Americana" was coined- because in his world, country, roots rock, folk, and bluegrass music need not be mutually exclusive. Mark and his band play what is the heart of Americana: gutsy, unpretentious music filled with spirit and spontaneity.
Mark Jungers was born and raised in a small farming community called Bird Island, Minnesota, about 80 miles West of Minneapolis. When his father died young, Mark and his brothers were left to carry on the family farm…or lose it. It was then that the steadfast work ethic of the American farmer was instilled in Mark. But his musical drive would not be denied. He would often sneak up into the hay barn late at night to play guitar and write songs. To this day, the family farm thrives, as does Mark Jungers' songwriting.
Mark was in a number of bands in his youth before graduating in Minneapolis with a degree in electronics and sound engineering. Soon thereafter, he moved to Austin, Texas. There, Jungers soon became a major player in the mid 80's Austin music scene, playing with such bands as Straight Up, Hell's Café, and The Masons. In the fall of 1994, he left Texas for New Haven, Connecticut to join his then wife-to-be, Joy, while she finished her education. It was there that Mark was finally able to concentrate on his songwriting, for himself rather than for a band. But being without a band did not last long: He was soon adopted to front the Motel Preachers who went on to win Best New Band, and second place, Best Country Band in New Haven before he and Joy, homesick, returned to Central Texas in July of 1997. They continue to make their home in Martindale, Texas, on the San Marcos River.