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I really hate playing a solo show. I'm a collectivist and the me-me concept just seems so Ayn Randy. Ugh. But, sigh, there's no other way to get my stuff out there. See you on the road, I really do. But on the bright side I did like my old mentor Don Walser asked and wrote a yodel tune. So, there's that.


I didn’t get into this, to play all by myself
I’ve found it much more fun when I play with someone else
To be a solo act, was never my goal
But here I am before you, a solitary soul

Singer-Songwriters are uniformly jerks
Conceited prima donas with unpleasant quirks
Oh how they do annoy me, they all bore me to tears
But a recent cost analysis says alone that I’ll be here

And now that i’m amongst them, I’ll guess I’ll eat some crow
We’re actually warrior poets, much like troubadours of old
And since the time of Ovid, on this thought you should dwell
That people like a good story and they like them told well

(This solo devoted to Don Walser)

So I’m signing up here tonight, alone in my songs
My picking just about alright, but more than often wrong
There’s lots of cats I know well who can pull it off by themself
But I confide I’m terrified to have to play all by myself

cuz’ I didn’t get into this, to play all by myself
Yer brain it literally changes when there’s somebody else
To be a solo act was never in my plans
But here I am before you, a solitary man


from Songs for the Hangman's Daughter, released March 28, 2017
Fraulini Guitar

Words and Music, M.Rubin



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Mark Rubin, Jew of Oklahoma New Orleans, Louisiana

Oklahoma-born, Texas-reared, and now living in New Orleans, multi-instrumentalist Mark Rubin is an unabashed Southern Jew.

Known equally for his muscular musicianship and larger-than-life persona. Over an accomplished 30+ year career, he has accompanied or produced a virtual who’s-who of American traditional music. With Danny Barnes, he founded Pioneer Proto-Americana band the Bad Livers
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