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Folk-rocker chronicles his life 'one song at a time'

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -Eclectic folk-rocker Marc Black has traveled from Maine to Maui the past year, playing in clubs, festivals, libraries, arts centers and house concerts - an experience causing him to fall in love with America all over again. "I've met so many interesting people, who are carving out a new life," in this economy, Black said. Black will stop in Grand Junction Saturday, Oct. 20, for a performance in the Radio Room, 1310 Ute Ave.He'll bring along his 1968 Guild guitar - bought new - a little worn now, like himself, he said. "I'll do some Delta finger-style blues, some kind of country, an eclectic mix, all influences of being an American," Black said during a telephone interview Tuesday. His songs include topics like good coffee, and MSNBC's Rachel Maddow - his video, "I Love You Rachel Maddow," has spurred 50,000 views. He also writes about topical issues that deal with the environment.Black's newest album, "Sometime a Spark," includes a variety of tunes, including the title cut about the Tunisian fruit peddler who burned himself alive and created the Arab Spring."It's an amazing story," Black said. "It's the most social activist CD I've ever done."Another track, "Clean-up Man," is a song in honor of Pete Seeger, the legendary folk singer and activist with whom Black has performed at rallies in New York.Another tune, "No Fracking Way" recorded with banjoist Eric Weissberg known for "Dueling Banjos" and The Lovin' Spoonful founder John Sebastian, plus 100 Woodstock, N.Y. citizens, has been sung at rallies in South Africa, Ireland and Australia.Sebastian sings a duet with Black on "American Children," and often performs in Black's band in New York. Another duet, with American folk musician Happy Traum, is about Black's dog.The singer-songwriter was in Grand Junction last year for four performances at Mesa County Libraries.He won the American Library Association Award for Best Children's Album for producing "American Children," a collaboration with Taj Mahal, Richie Havens and the late Rick Danko.Black's band, who chooses to perform close to home, is "quite extraordinary," he said, and includes musicians who have played with Joe Cocker and Simon and Garfunkel.When solo, Black often performs at house concerts - "a wonderful movement that's sweeping the country," where people invite friends, where there's often a potluck and donations are collected, Black said. "It's a wonderful, intimate way to share music - and I hear their stories."Another project of Black's - a film/music presentation called "Stroke of Genius" depicts his friend Dan Mountain's journey back from a 21-day coma after suffering a stroke. Black and Mountain together composed songs for the inspirational project, which has been presented to hundreds of stroke survivors and health professionals at stroke rehabilitation centers. Sebastian and Art Garfunkel also contributed to the project.Black calls his solo program: "Life...one song at a time." To learn more about Black and his music, visit www.marcblack.com.


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