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South Mississippi songwriter Mark Mann will celebrate the release of his long-anticipated new album at the end of July with a series of special album release concerts – including a star-studded salute to the roots rocker by his peers.
The album, entitled Sad Dimension, features 11 original songs written by Mann and marks the third release from Mississippi-based Okemah Roads Records.
Although the official release date of the album will be Friday, July 30, Mann will kick things off at 8 p.m. on the night before with a special Advance Listening Party at TBONES Records in Hattiesburg.
After a brief welcome and overview of the recording process, attendees will have an opportunity to hear the album in its entirety for the very first time in an intimate setting. Mann will perform a special solo acoustic set immediately following the listening party.
Two different ticket tiers are available including a deluxe ticket that includes admission to the advance listening party, a copy of Sad Dimension on CD (with digital download), a signed and numbered limited edition event poster, and a limited edition "Skeleton Mann" premium sticker.
On Friday, July 30, Mann will roll into the legendary Nick's Ice House to
celebrate the release with special guests Mississippi Shakedown and Royal Horses. The free show, which will kick off at 8 p.m. will begin with a set from the Horses, whose members went into the studio last fall to record Mann's new album.
Following a set by Mississippi Shakedown, whose front man, Chad Cox, was seriously injured earlier this year in a hit-and-run accident while skateboarding with his dog. The July 30 show will mark the first public performance by Cox and Mississippi Shakedown since the accident.
Mann will headline the evening with a special performance backed by members of Royal Horses including Shelby Kemp, Kenny Paul Mann, and Daniel Firth.
The next evening on Saturday, July 31, Mann and Mississippi Shakedown will be joined by special guests, Burns & Jane, for a second free album release show on the outdoor stage at Glory Bound Gyro Co. in Hattiesburg near the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi.
Mississippi Shakedown will start things off at 8 p.m. followed by Burns and Jane. For Mann's set, he'll be joined by Cox and Zachary Smith from Shakedown, bassist Sam Adcock, and Jack Marshall and Jamie Jordan, both from Burns & Jane.
The weekend will culminate with a special evening of music at Brewsky's
in Hattiesburg being billed as: An All-Star Salute to Mark Mann.
More than 20 acts including Cary Hudson, Mike Doussan, Scott Chism & the Better Half, The Pinebelt Pickers, The Icemen, Allen Mann, and several others will begin the show by each performing their favorite Mark Mann song.
After a brief intermission, Mann and an all-star band of rotating musicians will take the stage to perform the new album in its entirety start to finish.
Doors for the Sunday event open at 7 p.m. with music beginning promptly at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 each and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, July 9 at www.brewskyslive.com
Mann, a Hattiesburg native, released his first album in 1991 while still a student at Hattiesburg High. This year marks the 30th year Mann has been performing his original songs to audiences throughout the southeast. Originally the front man of local bands Eulogy and Opal Dial, Mann has performed solo and with various backing bands for the last several years.
Sad Dimension was recorded over the course of four days in November and December 2020 at Downman Sounds Studio in New Orleans. Scott Sibley served as sound engineer. The album was co-produced by Mann and David Gustafson, principal owner of Okemah Roads Records.