Mark Jungers plays tracks from I'll See You Again and talks about his recording studio, his ranch and how the drought is affecting his pecan trees.
Also on this episode, trippy country rock from the New American Farmers, honkytonk from Cahalen Morrison and Country Hammer, New Orleans R&B from Marcia Ball, 70's era soul from Janiva Magness, alt.country from the Canebreakers, blues from Shelley King, and bluegrass from Town Mountain.
- Down At The Pharmacy / New American Farmers / The Farmacology Sessions / 3:47
- Over and over and over Again / Cahalen Morrison & Country Hammer / The Flower of Muscle Shoals / 4:23
- He's The One / Marcia Ball / The Tattooed Lady And The Alligator Man / 4:14
- With Love (featuring Dan Navarro) / Janiva Magness / Original / 5:04
- Born Not Raised / Canebreakers / Frame and Floor / 1:58
- Talkin' Bout the Weather / Shelley King / Building a Fire / 4:09
- Lawdog / Town Mountain / Live At The Isis / 5:30
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Mark Jungers interview recap
Calvin notes that many people say Mark is an Austin-based singer / songwriter, but he's not actually from Austin Mark Jungers says, "Austin tends to claim anybody that has any sort of success in Texas. [laughs] But, yeah, I live out in Martindale, which is about 30 minutes south of Austin, 5 miles from San Marcos, Texas. You just head east on highway 80 until you get pulled over and that's Martindale." He talks about his ranch outside the city. He says, "Martindale is about 1200 people and we live maybe a quarter of a mile outside the city limits We have about 5 or 6 acres on the San Marcos River and it's nice out there when it gets hot." Calvin asks if he fishes the river much. Mark Jungers says, "Oh yeah, definitely. There's good bass in there, some catfish. It's good fishing. Calvin asks about the landscape out there. He says, "Well, I'll tell ya. Up by the house it's your regular old brown grass which we have in Texas because we have no water. And then it slopes down to the river. And between the river and the back of the house is a big gravel bar. So when we have a flood, like we just had a flood back in October, so when the flood comes in it brings all this wash gravel with it. I suppose it's a quarter mile long and 100 yards wide of just wash gravel and it's probably 3 or 4 deep. Gravel is actually a good mulch and eventually stuff will just stop popping out of there it retains moisture pretty well...... It's amazing to see a tree come up out of a gravel field." Calvin asks Mark Jungers what kind of trees they have out there. He says "Round this area it's all most all native pecan tress. We usually do pretty good on the nuts in the fall. This year they've dropped really early because we're still coming out of a drought. I don't know if we'll ever catch up it's been a pretty bad drought for a couple of years now I would say. So the pecans get weak and the nuts are small. They drop prematurely when they don't have enough water."
Calvin asks Mark Jungers about the recording studio he has out on his ranch. He says, "I've been accumulating gear over the last 20 years or so and finally had everything together. My first couple of records I did in studios in Austin and the surrounding area. Every time I went in, man, I gotta pay and watch the clock spinning and 90% of the time it's bad headphone mixes. And I don't know what that always happens. It takes away from capturing the performance if you can't feel it while you're doing it. My set up is similar to Gurf Morlix's set up. It's just a couple of rooms I use upstairs. One room is a control room and I got a vocal booth. And the machinery I use is all outdated. I use this old TASCAM automated mixer. And I go from there to DA 24 digital drive with 24 tracks on it. And I've got some tube compressors and tube mics and stuff like that. It gives it a nice warm sound to it. I got no digital editing so you gotta play it right when you record here. [laughs] There's no pro-tools with this set up. You've got it have it down before you show up."
Calvin asks about the new album I'll See You Again. Mark Jungers says, "I started off, there wasn't any sort of theme at all. I write when I've got something to write about. I'm not one of those guys who sits down and forces himself to write a song every day. When I don't have anything to write about, I'm not writing. Over the course of a year or so I had accumulated 15 or 16 songs. And I started noticing that I was writing a little darker than I previously had. So I took a group of some of the darker songs and put them on the new CD."
Mark Jungers sets up "I'll Be Home." He says, "It somewhat of a true story as a lot of my songs are.. It's part fiction, part fact. This kinda happened to a guy I used to know. He had a long gig and a long drive back, four hour drive back to his place an when he showed up he noticed that his girlfriend's old boyfriend's car was in the driveway. And then he saw the lights go on he just kept driving and came home a few days later. [laughs] It's like one of those things you don't want to have happen to you as a musician."
[Calvin plays "I'll Be Home" from I'll See You Again by Mark Jungers.]
Mark Jungers runs through the band line up and musicians on this album. Wes Green he's playin' mandolin. He's been with me at least 15 years. Adrian Schoolar on lead guitar and the dobro and baritone harmony he's been with me 15 years. And then I have Josh Flowers on the upright bass. He's probably been with me 6 or 7 years for sure. I used three different drummers on this record because they all live in Austin so it was kind of whoever was available. I used Dennis Merrit, he drums with us quite a bit. He couldn't make it to a couple of sessions so I use Aaron Parks and Cade Callahan. I needed some pedal steel on this record so I got a hold of my buddy Gurf Morlix and if you haven't ever heard of Gurf Morlix you need to go buy his records. He helps me out a bit and he actually helps me out and we actually use a lot of the same recording equipment and so I was able to take my hard drive up to his place and he was able to put down some steel and some baritone guitar for me. Another guest I had was Ben Balmer. He played some harmonica and some background vocals. He's kind of an up and coming guy around the Austin scene and he's making a name for himself and he's a very talented young guy. Then I had Gabe Rhodes play some accordion and that worked out pretty good. I had a Canadian girl, Jessica Deutsch play fiddle for me on this one. She was out here with my bass player Josh and they were on their way to a gig and it was a hot day. And she wanted to take a swim in the river and I said, 'yeah well that's fine but it will cost you a fiddle." And she said, "what?" and I said, "Get upstairs and give me two fiddle tracks on this one song and then you can go swimming' and it worked out pretty well. [laughs]"
Mark Jungers sets up "I Don't Want To Live There." He says, "This song came to me more or less wondering what life wold be like if you wouldn't have ever moved or if you would have moved. Would things me different. Did you make the right choice. Maybe it's a place you used to love but now you can't stand living there anymore. Would I be better move if I'd have not moved. You just don't know what the future can hold unless you make some kind of decision. That's more or less what it's about. I guess a lot of people take it more like a love-hate relationship thing with a girlfriend. But really it's more about life itself I think. Give it a listen."
[Calvin plays "I Don't Want To Live There" from I'll See You Again by Mark Jungers.]
Calvin notes that not only does Mark Jungers have his own recording studio, he has his won record label and he manages both the business side of the enterprise as well as the creative side. He asks Mark what advice he has for independent artists. Mark Jungers says, "Well I'll tell ya it's a lot of work and it's tough to cram it all in there. One thing I would says is sometimes when you try to do too much you might not be completely successful one way or the other, as opposed to concentrating on one thing. Because it takes a lot of time and there's a lot things you've got to learn running a label and there's promotion you know. Promotion's a really tricky thing too and that takes a bunch of time. But the thing is I get complete control of everything I do. Almost complete control because my wife helps me out a lot, my wife Joy. She does a lot and if I make the wrong decision she will disagree with me and we'll figure out a compromise. It's got it's pluses and minuses. But the way the music scene is these days, I don't see the point of signing with a label. I don't believe you'd make any more money, depending on how good a job they can do with the PR because that's really what it's all about."
Mark Jungers sets up, "Do You Still Care?" He says, "I wrote this with my wife actually. It was a Sunday night we were doing a little barbecuing and we had some time to kill and had half of this song written. And I was kind of stuck and I let her take a look at it. She is good at coming up with some lines here and there. She sat down and wrote another verse and she gave it back to me and she said you've got to write another verse. I've played it for people go, 'Are you having problems?' [laughs]. But it's really more or less about married couples go through good times and bad times and love is not always perfect. It has to be worked on. You can't really jump to conclusions. It's really tough to see unconditional love these days. I think. So it's kind of about that. At the end you can't really tell if they're fighting or if they're not which is what I like about it."
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