Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart at it again with their Gearle Records
“Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart Town Square” and Mark Stuart “Left of Nashville
available at shows only.
A show not to miss, Stacey and Mark reach back and grab songs of the
past, then fast forward to present and into the future.
They will be performing from their own new solo releases as well during
Stacey and Mark is each veteran Dukes (of Steve Earle and the Dukes)
Few husband-wife musical duos provide audiences with the complete
entertainment package that Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart dish out in a
live performance. Armed with clever acoustic guitar interplay,
autobiographical songwriting, lovely harmonies, and humorous
storytelling this couple captivates your attention from the first
moment they are onstage. Based out of Tennessee, Earle and Stuart
draw from blues, pop, country, rock, and more in their heartfelt
music. The years of touring the folk/Americana circuit (playing 170
concerts a year) have given them a knack for reaching out to the
audience in an intimate “come in to my living room” fashion.
Stacey and Mark own their own record label, Gearle Records, and have
made 8 CDs over the years. Since meeting in 1992 and marrying in late
1993, the partners have toured the USA, Canada, and Europe repeatedly.
They left the environment of pursuing a major label deal in Nashville in
1998 to target small intimate venue crowds in theaters, coffeehouses,
festivals, clubs, and house concerts. This has become their home and
they are a recognized fixture on the folk music trail they blaze.
Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart
Stacey Earle and Mark
Stuart met for the first time 1992 at a songwriters
night in Nashville TN. They knew that night it was one of them things
that are just meant to be. They were married in 1993 while raising 2
children from Stacey’s first marriage. “It would be quite a balancing
act at that time raising a family and trying to make a living along with
all the other stuff that came with getting by, “but we managed” Stacey
said, she looks back at her first encounter with the world of touring.
Stacey Earle's first show was on an arena stage in Sydney, playing
rhythm guitar in her brother's band, Steve Earle & the Dukes, on "The
Hard Way" tour in 1990. Stacey appeared on Steve Earle and The Dukes
recordings, The Hard Way 1990 ,Shut Up And Die Like An Aviator 1991
Transcendental Blues 2000.
She spent about a year and a half on tour with her brother, and then
returned to Nashville to start a career of her own as a country/folk
singer/songwriter. It was there she found she had a lot more to learn.
And a risk to take and lot’s of dues to pay. She felt she had a lot
against her. “I was 30 years old and asking seeking a recording deal in
Nashville at that age was like asking god to turn back the world clock.
She would later land a Staff writing position with the Publishing Co.
Ten Ten Music. She will tell you it is an Art in itself to write for
other artist, but before that she would meet her husband Mark Stuart. I
learned almost all the best of my musicianship from Mark exploring a
wide range of influences, from blues to folk to rockabilly to country.
Between the two of us we had a lot to show and tell. We still learn from
each other day in and out. A great songwriter and musician never should
Mark Stuart went to the finest of Music schools. Mark started his
schooling listening and admiring his uncle’s guitar playing and his Dads
fiddling. Learning and listening to the greats, Chet Atkins, Merle
Travis, John Fogerty, The Beatles and many more Players and singers of
all genres. He would find himself playing in the School of Honky Tonks
and Beer Joints in and around Nashville by age 15 in his Dads band. by
managing to stay awake in high school after playing late nights
polishing every riff and bend and vocal chord he would go on by age 17
to form his own band make a record and still find the time to play on
the road as lead guitar and vocals for acts like Freddy Fender and more
taking him into his 20's. Mark truly never in his life ever said there
was nothing else he wanted to be when he grew up. He is truly one to
live and breathe every word he says. Mark was in off the road when he
met Stacey and that very night that he would play the first note of her
music never leaving her side. Mark still somehow found the time to work
on his own music recording his solo record and touring. And the love of
his new family, Mark as well spent some time in the Dukes in the 1990s.
Like Earle, he recalls it as a time of glamour: appearing on
"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," and MTV.
"I had someone tuning my guitar, strapping on my guitar," he said.
"Now we carry our stuff three flights up in the Red Roof Inn."
Stacey and Mark over the years have lived and learned so much from each
They have always found themselves inseparable from the beginning. It is
playing music day in and out together that locked in the sound and love
they could not unlock if they tried. Their Songs are the diaries of
their life good times and bad, completing the love they have. They share
the full load together of getting by day by day. They live in Ashland
City TN west of Nashville but call home from the road most of the time.
“Our children are all grown so we left home” for the past three years.
They've gone on to release their Duo albums, together 2003 Never Gonna
Let You Go and now 2005 “S&M Communion Bread and now return with their
While, no doubt, each still remains an individual solo artist with solo
(such as the new 2008 release of Mark Stuart “Left of Nashville” it is through the respect of
each others work and years of playing together they have created their
sound. And, that sound allows each individual to shine through.
Stacey and Mark are no doubt together till death do they part.