Mark and Sumley
Listen – Mark & Sumley – She Gonna Fly – MP3
The end of the week is at hand, and so is my available supply of energy. If I have to move one more shovelful of snow (which, by the way, I’m running out of storage space for) I’m going to lose my mind. This is getting ridiculous. I’m 6’4” tall, and it’s getting to the point where if we have one more snowstorm, I’m not going to be able to see over the side of the driveway.
That said, since I am all but completely sapped of energy, I figured I’d post something about which I know almost nothing.
A few weeks back, I was out digging in a new spot, and came across a nice big stack of cheap, and of course interesting 60s pop stuff, much of it new to me.
I love this kind of stuff. Most of my favorite digging sites tend to be extremely light on this kind of stuff, so when I do come across things like this, especially at a bargain price, I’ll grab as much of it as I can carry (or afford).
One of the things I picked up this time was the album featuring today’s selection, ‘Nice Things’ by the duo of Mark and Sumley. I’d never heard of the pair (Mark Dutil and Ray Sumley), but the album was on the Evolution label, an imprint that if not consistently satisfying, has always proven intriguing. I have a couple of oddball 45s in my crates, including a crazy Moog version of a song from ‘Hair’ that I plan on dropping here when I’m in a particularly sadistic mood.
Fortunately for all of us, today is not that day, and the Mark and Sumley album includes a couple of very cool tracks.
I’ve seen this record dated around 1969, which considering the sound (folk to country rock) and the inclusion of a cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘Lay Lady Lay’, seems just about right.
The track we feature today is a nice little country rock mover entitled ‘She Gonna Fly’. Though Mark and Sumley apparently hailed from the Midwest, ‘She Gonna Fly’ doesn’t seem out of place alongside West Coast country rock of the period like the Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers et al.
I like the sound, though they might have underplayed the trombone solo a little.
I hope you like it, and if you have any more info on Mark and Sumley, please let me know.