"Mark Twang" is a delightfully quirky album by bluegrass musician John Hartford. First released in 1976, it may be Hartford's finest recording. The thematic center of the album is the Mississippi River; the songs involve steamboats and river towns, and the sound is decidedly more "old-timey" than most of Hartford's other work. There are also a couple of bizarre cuts, the most notable of which is "Don't Leave Your Records in the Sun", during which Hartford does his best impression of a warped, skipping record.

Track listing:

Skippin' in the Mississippi Dew

Long Hot Summer Days

Let Him Go on, Mama

Don't Leave Your Records in the Sun

Tater Tate and Allen Mundy

The Julia Belle Swain

Little Cabin Home on the Hill Waugh Waugh

Austin Minor Sympathy

The Lowest Pair

Tryin' to Do Something to Get Your Attention

The only musician on the album is Hartford, who sings and accompanies himself on the fiddle, banjo, and guitar. He also rhythmically stamps his feet on a miked 1/4" thick piece of plywood (who needs a drummer?). Mark Twang earned Hartford a Grammy for best Ethnic/Traditional album.

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