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A follow up to 'Twixt Me And The Peaceful Rest.

"Mark's music has the power to cut you to the core. I was lucky enough to have his music sound eight times a week in my last play, Sons of the Prophet, and I saw first-hand what an emotional impact it had on listeners night after night. Support the Sabre Rattlers; you'll be supporting something special."

--Stephen Karam

Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Sons Of The Prophet

Anthony DeCurtis, of Rolling Stone Magazine and the New York Times calls 'Twixt Me And The Peaceful Rest  "A beautiful record."  

But beyond critical accolades, if you've heard our previous record, you'll know that what we are doing cannot be found anywhere else. This follow up to 'Twixt Me And The Peaceful Rest will likely be the last full-length album that we release of hymns and it promises to match the quality and passion of the first record.

Bukka Allen--known for his work with Joe Walsh (of The Eagles,) and the Dixie Chicks spinoff Courtyard Hounds--is on board to produce and we will record the record in Austin this Spring.  The record will be recorded rather quickly this time, and we expected an early Summer release.  

The budget includes locking out the studio and the hiring of session musicians, producer and mixing engineer.  Additionally, we are budgeting for a publicist.  Monumentally important!  With our last record, we poured everything into production and left nothing for marketing.  This one will get much more attention.  

We are very excited to hear these songs come to life in a new, yet timeless way and want you to be part of the experience.  

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There is always the chance that producer Bukka Allen will have to go back on tour with Joe Walsh, although that's not anticipated until the Summer. In any case, our previous record featured members of the Dixie Chicks, Bob Dylan's previous session musicians, players from Cowboy Junkies, Lyle Lovett and others. I produced the last record successfully and the record does not hinge on the producer in this case, although it would probably push the record back a month or so. Unlikely scenario.

Otherwise, this is a straightforward process that all the personnel have much experience with.

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