"I just hear and see so much raw talent in this scene, and then I go to other towns and realize that Charleston is pretty special. Slowly but surely there is a foundation building to support the great music that is emerging from here."
"Mark showed that just because you aren’t signed to a major label, does not mean you cannot sound like one. This is probably one of the many reasons why Mark has committed his career after Hootie, to creating an environment where local artistry thrives. This show was symbolic to that effort."
Mark Bryan on Hootie, managing Stop Light Observations, and new LP, Songs of the Fortnight
"As the lead guitarist and co-founder of Hootie & the Blowfish, Mark Bryan became somewhat of a musical icon throughout the musical scene of the Carolinas, but the trio of hometown shows that the musician has coming up this week truly shows the range he has as a performer."
"People come from all over but there’s also this hardcore local following. A lot of them are people that grew up seeing us or used to see us in college. I love that it’s a chance to reconnect with them every year. Our fan base has always been shocking to me, even when we go around the country. When you actually have that big of a crowd at home, there’s nothing quite like it."
Mark Bryan of Hootie & the Blowfish has both a new album and Emmy
"The Hootie & the Blowfish guitarist and founding member is making a big splash in Charleston's music scene with an Emmy-winning live show on SCETV and PBS this fall and as manager of local breakout band Stop Light Observations."
Hootie and the Blowfish’s Mark Bryan Honors College Inspiration on Scruffy the Cat Cover (Premiere)
"Mark Bryan wears many hats. Best known as the guitarist co-founder of Hootie and the Blowfish, he also runs an after-school music program for kids and just won an Emmy for producing the PBS music series Live at the Charleston Music Hall. He’s lived in South Carolina for decades, and a concert there when he was in college inspired a track on his new album. It’s a good story, so we’ll let him tell it"
"The quirky, plunk-plunk lead melody in this folk/country tune is a weirdly infectious riff. The rest of the tune is a bright, clear, folk/country tune guided to its satisfying conclusion by an assured hand and a lithe voice."