More Like A Good Dog Than A Bad CatAmerican Rural Records
This is a rootsy collection of songs about dead dogs, cattle-rustling, blizzards, and the like with an ever-present nod to the here and now. From the twistedly upbeat to the deliciously dark, you will find a place to fit in. Everybody does.
Mark Jungers' new album, More Like a Good Dog Than a Bad Cat, is unadulterated Americana. A rootsy collection of tracks about a dead dog, coming of age, and love, Jungers went without digitally editing the record giving it a natural, free-flowing feel.
Showcasing Jungers' songwriting talents, More Like a Good Dog has Jungers writing or co-writing all but one song on the disc, the vintage, bluesy rocker "Heel to Toe," which was written by Phil Stevens. He also receives help from superior songwriters Owen Temple on "Can't Take it With You" and Adam Carroll on "It's All You" and "Swinging in the Wind." Another well known Texan, Susan Gibson, who wrote the hit "Wide Open Spaces" lends her vocals on "Riverdown" and "Tired of Being Lonely," which Carroll also makes a vocal contribution. Opening with an infectious gospel inspired "Show Me a Sign," moving into the twangy "Riverdown," and ending with the witty "Swinging in the Wind,"
More Like a Good Dog Than a Bad Cat is a seamless album from front to back.
April Wolfe Common Folk Music blog
His latest CD “More Like a Good Dog Than a Bag Cat,” is immediately appealing from the very beginning of the haunting mandolin line of “Show Me A Sign.”
The whole CD is a thought provoking and entertaining listen. I especially like “Wasn’t Thinking,” a quirky number reminiscent of fellow Austinites Ray Wylie Hubbard, Gurf Morlix and Blaze Foley. Another highlight is the upbeat “50 Head.” His lyrics paint vivid pictures and convey heart-wrenching emotion, especially on the wistful “Tired of Being Lonely.”
He has about as much grit in his voice as he does under his fingernails, which gives him the aura of authenticity which unfortunately means you probably won’t hear him on modern country radio. Well it’s their loss, our gain. If you want real country music, listen to Mark Jungers.
Richard Amery, L.A. Beat
While he still knows something about busting sod, Jungers is a first-class songwriter and storyteller; an Americana pioneer who worked with the band Hell's Cafe before the Americana genre had a name and a record chart.
Working with a road-tested band and guests including songwriters Susan Gibson and Adam Carroll, Jungers crafts music that fits; music that can rock and twang; music that adds punch and dynamics; music that's as organic, honest and homegrown as the words.
Jungers makes lyrics and music for town and country.
JIM BEAL JR., My San Antonio
Just a few months into 2011, and it has already been a bountiful music year. Mark Junger’s new release More Like a Good Dog Than a Bad Cat just might sit at the top of this list so far.
If you are not yet familiar with Mark Jungers…where the hell have you been? As stated on his own web site…www.markjungers.com…:
This free-wheeling spirit and spontaneity are certainly on display in his new CD. The 13 songs here get you involved by sucking you into the energetic flow…leaving you tapping your toes and singing loudly before you are even aware what is going on.
The opening song, Show Me a Sign, fringes on southern gospel and immediately gets you off your feet and moving. The full set of instrumentals are amazing, with Adrian Scholar opening on guitar, Wes Green playing a mesmerizing mandolin which carries the energy, Josh Flowers on bass, and Matthew Briggs capturing the beat on drums. Junger’s mouth bow adds another essential quality to this one.
The highlights here are numerous, as each song takes on a life of its own. It is truly not often you can say there are not 1 or 2 songs that are fillers. Each song is vibrant and captivating…flowing seamlessly throughout the record.
John Walker, Americana Roots
Silos and Smokestacks the title track from Mark Jungers 2007 album has been a favourite tune of mine since I first heard it and one that I regularly throw into mixtapes, Jungers latest album More Like a Good Dog Than a Bad Cat album kicks of with a similarly infectious track which sets things up nicely for Jungers twangy roots signature sound, the man himself contributes to all but one of the tunes, Heel to Toe” (Philip Stevens), there are co-writes with some familiar names Adam Carroll and Owen Temple. Susan Gibson (“Wide Open Spaces”) also appears on several tracks adding some sweet harmony vocals to the mix. A true hands on project Jungers also recorded and produced the CD, opting for analogue only with no post digital editing keeping things nicely organic, no pretence, straight up and all the better for it in keeping the the fella’s rural roots
Simon, Beat Surrender