bio

Mark Edgar Stuart shrugs off praise reflexively. If you tell him you like his guitar playing he’ll swat the air and tell you he’s just mimicking someone else. If you tell him you like his music, he’ll probably look at his feet, thank you, then credit the other guy. But you can learn a lot about a person by the company he keeps. As a sideman Mark has traveled the world, and played on dozens of critically-acclaimed records including an appearance on “The David Letterman Show.” With little fuss, he became a go-to bass player for an elite group of Memphis artists and producers. He was always happy to play a supporting role that was close to the spotlight, but not too close.

Cancer changes things. In 2010 he put down his bass, picked up a guitar, and started writing songs. Mark soaks in details like a sponge, and spending so much time in the company of strong songwriters, it was only a matter of time before these humble, humorous, and sometimes heartbreaking stories found a way to get out. Mark’s debut album “Blues For Lou” earned him “Record Of The Year” by The Memphis Flyer. His recent albums have been praised by Garden & Gun, No Depression, NPR, & Paste Magazine. Within a few years Mark Edgar Stuart became one of Memphis’s most beloved singer-songwriters opening shows for Leon Russell, Chuck Berry, Levon Helm, Tony Joe White, and Billy Joe Shaver. 

Stuart’s stories are sweet but never saccharine, even-keeled but deeply affecting. His songs are at once sad, nostalgic, knowing, funny, even cheerful–equal parts Roger Miller and Eudora Welty. He’s lovable and literary, smart yet plain-spoken, heartening, funny, and always memorable. He sounds new and familiar, fresh yet timeless. His songs sound like your favorite stories, retold by a friend.