Grammy Finalist and five-time Emmy Award-winning composer/producer/performer Mark Oblinger is ready for his closeup. Having had a lengthy career as a major-label nationally touring singer and guitarist, Oblinger takes his well-deserved place at center stage with the release of his debut solo album, High Water Line. Oblinger’s 12-track debut effort is out now everywhere, including on Spotify, iTunes and Amazon.
About the album
A vibrant, fresh approach to classic Indie Rock, High Water Line blends unusual musical elements with vivid lyrical pictures to reflect the common storylines of our lives and times. The lyrics deal with a woman’s choice (“Julia”), the daily “work” of love (“Love Is”), the uncompromising nature of passion (“No Regrets”), an emphatic call to action/personal change (“Little Bird”), among other themes.
Oblinger pulled together a top-notch team of industry pros to create his new body of work. He joined forces with producer John McVey (Chuck Pyle, Yonder Mountain String Band) and mix engineer James Tuttle (AAA radio favorites Big Head Todd, String Cheese Incident, Michael Franti, Hot Rize). He recorded the album with drummer Christian Teele, bassist Chris Engleman and Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist Nick Forster (Founder & host of nationally syndicated E-Town, Hot Rize) – all members of the eTones (who backed James Taylor, Rickie Lee Jones, Moby, Ben Harper, Joan Osborne, and many more). Other musicians on the album include bassist Greg Garrison (Leftover Salmon), pianist Eric Moon (Björk, Rare Silk, Jill Sobule), the Railsplitter’s Pete Sharpe (mandolin) and Dusty Rider (banjo) plus background vocals by Robert Johnson (Steve Wonder) and Linda Lawson (Amy Grant, Garth Brooks, John Oates).
Colorado Music Hall of Famer Chris Daniels says about Oblinger’s new album, “High Water Line lives in that wonderful place between jam band and Jackson Browne.” Three-time Grammy winning producer Tom Wasinger raves, “Riveting and haunting songwriting, flawless musicianship, masterful production, and soaring above it all the golden throat of Mark Oblinger.”
About Mark Oblinger
Although this is Oblinger’s first solo album, he is no stranger to the music business. His illustrious music career includes performing with highly successful national touring country-rock stalwarts Pure Prairie League (“Amie”) and Firefall (“You Are the Woman”). Later in the ’90s, he left Firefall and settled down to start a family. Oblinger continued songwriting and started producing other artists. He wrote and produced over 30 CDs for kids, including the 1998 Parent’s Choice Gold winner “Jungle Jazz Joint Jump.” He later wrote music featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show and won five Emmy Awards for his work on PBS. He also was a Grammy Finalist in 2012 for his Children’s Jazz Symphony, “JumpinJazz Kids – A Swinging Jungle Tale” – featuring Al Jarreau and DeeDee Bridgewater.
Oblinger also worked with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield, Poco) and recently with Garth Brooks, Amy Grant, John Oates, Jeff Hanna (Dirt Band), and many others.
Mark Oblinger’s new High Water Line album is streaming on all music platforms worldwide now.