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The Ellis County Press

WAXAHACHIE - Mark Gorman is a choir teacher at Palmer Independent School District by day, coming alive as soon as his hands grab hold of a guitar by night.

A man of many things to many people, to his fans he is a musical talent, to his friends he is one of the best they have, and to me he is a mentor, friend and musical talent making an appearance at the Collage Street pub in Waxahachie Thursday, April 22.

As always he played a mix of songs with his ever present guitar. From James Taylor to Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers, with John Denver and Van Zandt thrown in, Gorman has a musical ability rarely seen in country music.

His guitar play is as unique as his voice. A rare refreshing tenor baritone that is lacking in today’s country music style.

While his performance made me think of the songs of my youth, he is the rare talent that comes along in one generation.

His fan base is mostly close friends, former and current students and the rare Texas Country fanatics.

Lacking any major record studio backing, he seeks out local venues to play. He is often selling his Compact Disks he brings and signing autographs.

If you are looking for a concert to go to this year and don’t want to pay a larger concert ticket price, you will appreciate attending any place Gorman is playing.

I have had the personal pleasure of being a former student of Gorman’s. Even then he had his theory of music. That theory continues today. It is in his ability to arrange music from most genres’ and make them Country or Folk style.

After his first solo set he was joined with the rest of his band. This is really when you could see the energy emanating from him. He is one with the music.

A rare talent indeed.

Rating any performance would be biased. I will give him a nod and recommend that if you missed this one, he will be back at the Collage Street Pub on Thursday, May 6.

I hope to see you there.

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