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November 07
03:26 2019

The latest from the Nashville songwriter bursts at the seams with pop punk energy.

Known for his ability to seamlessly shift from genre to genre, Mark Henes has established himself as a versatile and reliable performer with a deep knowledge of American music.  With the casual defiance of “Strip Me Down,” he embraces the golden era of pop punk, adding to his already impressive catalog.

One of Henes’ great strengths is his ability to create instantly memorable hooks. That ability is on full display here, as he sets up a huge chorus over a wall of gritty power chords.  “How do you have the nerve to walk around the way you do,” he sings his voice full of conviction and confrontation.  The message is simple and direct, showing a young artist at the peak of his powers.

“Strip Me Down” is available everywhere now.


Singer/songwriter Mark Henes is a living, breathing embodiment of the spirit of American music. Well versed in everything from the classic honky-tonk of Hank Williams to the electric boogie of Chuck Berry, he reimagines Americana for the 21st century, with high energy songs that range from thoughtful introspection to all out rock. 

Born and raised in Nashville, TN, Henes’ career as a musician seemed almost predetermined. Growing up in the recording capitol of America, he was constantly surrounded by music. The high lonesome sound of vintage country, the sensitivity of the seventies singer/songwriters, the ferocity of the electric blues, he absorbed them all before he was even a young man. By the time he began performing around town, it was like he’d been doing it all his life. When he finally started writing songs of his own, he blended all of his influences into one sound that only he could make. 

In 2018 he officially arrived on the scene with his debut EP ‘Transitions.’ The EP’s raw bluesy rock feel was well received locally, with one critic praising its “hefty funk and luscious California harmonies.”  Feeling newly inspired, Henes followed it up with two more singles; 2019’s ‘Strip Me Down,’ which embraces the spirit of pop punk, and the banjo laden ‘Ghost Train,’ which harkens back to the golden age of country with its folksy melody and dark imagery. 

Now Mark is ready for a national audience with the release his official full length debut. Entitled ‘Crystallized Reflections,’ the album embodies everything he is about as an artist. With an eye for poetic detail that matches his muscular instrumental arrangements, he explores the modern world fearlessly, with each track offering a unique perspective all its own. 

While many musicians are content to be boxed into one genre, Mark is the rare artist who can draw connections between seemingly disparate styles to create something one of a kind. He is truly unique in the world of singer/songwriters and his music is well worth your time.

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