Meet Mark Searcy... Performers like Searcy do not simply play their instruments, but rather become their instruments during a performance. Call it soul, call it a gift, or a midnight trade at a lonely cross road, no matter. Searcy has it. ”

— - Lucky Boyd, MyTexas Music, "Blindman's Blues" Release

BIOGRAPHY

Arkansas native Mark Searcy Middleton has a unique and diverse musical background. He began guitar during his early teen years, but put it down for 15 years to raise a family, and started back as a form of rehabilitation after a work accident severely damaged several fingers, and soon immersed himself in the pre-war blues of the 1920s and 30s. His solo recording of Blind Man's Blues earned his first nomination as "Musician of the Year" at the 2007 Texas Music Awards; he later won the award for his 2014 release of the CD "Hazepipe". To date, Mark has won 10 music awards, released 11 albums, and made multiple appearances at the International Blues Challenge on Beale Street in Memphis.

DISCOGRAPHY

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Mark Searcy - My Color (2018)
Mark Searcy - Grapetown Rail (2017)
Mark Searcy - Strawberry Jam 1975 (2016)

Mark Searcy - St. Mary's Street (2015) 
Mark Searcy - Hazepipe (2013) 
Mark Searcy Band - Roadworthy (2011) 
Mark Searcy - Bullseye (2010) 
Mark Searcy Band - Wild Night In Texas (2010)  
Mark Searcy - Slideaway (2007) 
Mark Searcy - Blindman's Blues (2006) 
Mark Searcy - Like Father, Like Son (2005) 

COLLABORATIONS
Texas Delta Kings - Bootleggers (1999)

CONTRIBUTIONS
Ginger Pickett - The Blues Picked Me (2013)

COMPILATIONS
Doug Sahm, Augie Meyers, and Friends - KKR #25 (2016)

SINGLES
Dust My Broom - Mark Searcy (2018)
Don’t Cry a Tear – Pickett Searcy Coalition (2017)

INFLUENCES

Blind Willie Johnson, Blind Willie McTell, Robert Johnson, Lightnin' Hopkins, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Earl Hooker, Kirby Kelly, Kenny Sultan, Mike Dowling, Steve James, T-Bone Walker,  Albert King, Freddie King, B.B. King, Sean Costello, Sue Foley, Debbie Davies, Chris Duarte, Smokin' Joe Kubek, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Duke Robillard, Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery, Johnny Winter, Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Duane Allman, Tony Iommi, Tonk Edwards, Sean Womack, Jack Pearson, Robben Ford, Matt Schofield, Jeff Golub, and Johnny A.

AWARDS

- 2014 Texas Music Awards "Musician of the Year" for musical performance on "Mark Searcy - Hazepipe"
- 2013 Austin Blues Society - Heart of Texas Blues Challenge - Winner Solo/Duo - with Ginger Pickett
- 2012 Texas Music Awards - "Producer of the Year" Finalist
- 2008 International Blues Challenge - Semi-Finalist
- 2007 Telluride Acoustic Blues Competition - Finalist
- 2007 San Antonio Guitar Wars - Winner Best Acoustic Performance
- 2007 Texas Music Awards - "Musician of the Year" Finalist 
- 2007 International Blues Challenge - Semi-Finalist
- 2006 TBS Blues Challenge - Winner Solo/Duo
- 2005 San Antonio Guitar Wars - Winner Best Acoustic Performance

PRESS

"Meet Mark Searcy... Performers like Searcy do not simply play their instruments, but rather become their instruments during a performance. Call it soul, call it a gift, or a midnight trade at a lonely cross road, no matter. Searcy has it." 
- Lucky Boyd, MyTexas Music, "Blindman's Blues" Release

“Searcy and Boss can flat get down on guitar and harmonica, respectively, but both show proper restraint by serving the songs instead of the egos. Listen for the guitar/harp duet on Stumblin' to hear how it should be done...” 
- Jim Beal, Jr., San Antonio Express News

“..as Searcy is an accomplished composer with the ability to fuse jazz, rock, blues, folk, and country. They will certainly find that capturing the same inner soul will be impossible, as Searcy literally melts himself into each cut, a feat that labels him inimitable.” 
- Lucky Boyd, MyTexas Music, "Slideaway" Review

“Arkansas-bred, San Antonio-based blues guitar slinger, songwriter and singer Mark Searcy and his Mark Searcy Band Thursday night will celebrate the release of “Roadworthy,”... The blues can always use a shot of fresh blood, and the Mark Searcy Band delivers those shots. ” 
- Jim Beal, San Antonio Express

“Mark Searcy's brand of blues runs all over the map. Versatility is the order of the day as he serves up swing and jump blues, Delta blues a la Johnson, Davis and House, rock blues and a blend of Chicago and jump blues for good measure. Heavy on electric guitar with plenty of blues harp fills and solos, this group's got the stuff.” 
- Les Reynolds, Indie-Music.com