Mountain Home inks Stoffel
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
– Mandolinist Mark Stoffel, known for his playing with Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, signed with Mountain Home to release his second solo album, it was announced today.
"I couldn't be prouder and happier to see my new record released on Mountain Home Music Company," Stoffel said. "To be honest, I was hoping for this to happen before I struck the very first note for this album. As a member of Chris Jones & The Night Drivers I've had the pleasure to collaborate with the great folks at the Mountain Home family for many years, and I am convinced that there's no better venue for this album and no better people to work with."
Originally from Munich, Germany, Stoffel was introduced to bluegrass when, as a teenager, he was gifted a mandolin for Christmas instead of the ukulele he'd asked for.
Stoffel spent literally decades traversing between two continents before finally settling down in southern Illinois in 2001 with his wife Mary and his children, Finn and Oliver.
Years later, he joined Chris Jones & The Night Drivers in 2009 on the band's "Cloud Of Dust" recording. Since, he's played on several Night Drivers' albums, including the band's most recent, "The Choosing Road."
"Mark is one of the most musical mandolin players I've ever played with," said Jones. "Mandolin players are really impressed with his playing everywhere we go."
Stoffel will release his first single with Mountain Home, "Shadowbands," to all streaming platforms July 10.
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