Mark Harrell channels trustworthy connections with audiences

The Holland tunesmith who fronts the Hundred Star Hotel opened up for Area Spins on WYCE, which also debuted tracks by Pink Sky, Public Accessibility, The Band Mint, Steve Leaf, Breaker Brothers and a lot more.

Mark Harrell & The Hundred Star Lodge: Harrell, next from still left, hopes for summer time release of a new album. (Courtesy Image/Robby Fischer)



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Irrespective of whether it’s delving into fears encompassing Alzheimer’s disease or the worries of sobriety, Holland singer-songwriter Mark Harrell has always felt it paramount to be forthright and sincere in his lyrics.

“For me, when I initially began crafting audio and using it seriously, I assume I essential to be honest to the planet and to myself, a lot more importantly,” he states.

“Connecting is extremely significant in my music. If another person feels like they know what I’m speaking about, then they immediately sense linked to the tune.”

Of class, generating these connections over the previous calendar year has been difficult amid a pandemic that is restricted the means of musicians to interact with audiences.

For Harrell and his Americana- and alt-place-leaning band, The Hundred Star Hotel, points have been added turbulent, thanks to “a crashed tough drive” that wiped out most of the tracks for a new studio album they now hope to launch in early summer months.

A Rough Year Musically: Harrell shed most tracks for the new album when a hard travel crashed. (Courtesy Image/Nicole Bell)

“In phrases of audio, it is been rough,” concedes Harrell, who has produced two solo albums (“Onward from Here” and “Blue Birds”) considering the fact that 2015.

“We had our album pretty much recorded in the commencing of the year but shed all of it except for our singles we launched. We have done what we can and have been equipped to make it out to Dogtown Studio (in Grand Rapids) for a two-tune session and have had only a handful of tactics since then, but know it is for the most effective to take time and be risk-free previously mentioned all else.”

COVID took the lifetime of a member of his extended loved ones, so Harrell’s sensitive to the risks affiliated with the pandemic. He additional admits that he’s felt handcuffed in trying to compose new material around the previous many months.

“We are making an attempt to continue to be safe although doing what we can remotely and in diverse solo periods to finish the album ideally shortly,” says Harrell, who attended Holland Christian Superior University and graduated from Holland Substantial College.

However, he and his band – Jake Kalmink, Jonathan Fegel and Joshua Johnson – managed to release a few singles, which includes “Yellow Ridge” and “Jealous of Her Mind,” which Harrell showcased for this week’s edition of Regional Spins on WYCE. Observe the video of the band’s Dogtown Studio session here and scroll down to pay attention to the full radio show podcast.

Video: Mark Harrell & The Hundred Star Lodge, Dogtown Studio Sessions out?v=CqHSee7z4q4

“I’m concentrated on finishing the album and then will concentrate on new tunes for the upcoming album. I felt odd seeing so lots of people today publish about how much they have been writing about COVID and other social and political occasions,” he states.

“I felt responsible owning powerful thoughts towards important concerns and maybe sensation like I need to produce about it, but I was not. There was a span of two to three months where by I didn’t want to produce at all.”

Now, however, Harrell is seeking forward to summertime when he hopes are living performances can return, together with the likelihood of a live-stream album-launch display.

Introspective, Deep, Sad, Thoughtful: Lyrics embraced by Harrell. (Courtesy Picture/Holly Joy Images)

Increasing up the son of a songwriter and musician, Harrell picked up a guitar when he was 11 a long time outdated but didn’t begin producing new music until many years afterwards. He credits open-mic evenings at Holland’s Park Theatre for very first offering him a platform for his songs and introducing him to other musicians.

In the beginning influenced by the likes of John Prine and Jason Isbell, Harrell also has uncovered himself impressed additional lately by artists this sort of as Laura Marling, Phoebe Bridgers, Jeff Tweedy, Operate the Jewels, Black Believed and My Morning Jacket.

“I really like superior lyrics – lyrics that are introspective, that are witty and sensible, deep, unhappy and thoughtful,” he states. “All of these artists encapsulate this trait.”

The very same could be said for Harrell’s confessional and intensely private music, which will populate his band’s approaching album and at some point, its stay demonstrates.

“I feel if venues come up with a system to get exhibits back up,” he says, “then we will hope to be a part of that as much as we can.”

The Feb. 5 edition of Community Spins on WYCE – which spotlights local and regional music at 11 a.m. Fridays on 88.1 FM and on line at – aired practically a dozen new tracks by Michigan artists, together with The Breaker Brothers, Medicinal Groove, Hollywood Makeout, Public Entry, Steve Leaf, The Band Mint, Chris DuPont, Pink Sky, I Think in Julio, The American Resort Procedure and Additional Closer (this week’s musician’s select by Harrell). Listen to the total radio display here and test out previous episodes of Area Spins on WYCE.

PODCAST: Regional Spins on WYCE (2/5/21)

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