By Rev. Bill

Let this serve as a gentle reminder that every gig counts. In fact, that seemingly insignificant local gig may be the one that’s the mythical “big break.”

Mark Woodcock started the way many a career has. Working—often for free—mixing club bands in his native England. He emigrated to the US and was picking up work for local companies where he could. One night—“Out of the blue,” he says—after mixing a show at a local club, he got a call and was asked to mix some shows for country legend Merle Haggard. He did not know that Merle lived 20 mins away or that anyone from his camp was at that club gig.

Haggard had seen a career resurgence after several of his songs were featured in popular movies. Mark went to work and toured with the writer who has been called both the “poet of the common man” and one of the creators of the Bakersfield Sound for five years. That led to a still ongoing gig—since 2008—with Bush as well as ongoing stints with Rob Zombie and Cindi Lauper. We caught up with him back in October on a gig with Lauper—featuring music from her new trad country record and sell as hits from a career that has spanned three decades. Check the video for more.