It’s really all about the blues. It is the constant that has run through the music journey that Mark has taken. While not a classic blues man it is undeniable that the Blues runs deep in Marks singing, bass playing and songwriting. Mark wrote the music on his CD to reflect what he was seeing, hearing, and feeling at the time. He read something a friend once said,” a song is a gift that you need to polish and regift to others”. With help from the very capable Caleb Miles he crafted songs to give to others. Having started the process of recording in his early 40’s it should be no surprise that the CD has a hodge podge of styles. Love, relationships, the water, and politics, are themes that permeate the songwriting. What is common? They are all bluesy, they are all delivered with soul and they all come from a very real place. It’s really all about the blues.
Mark splits his time playing with Noah Scanlan and Jerry Rodgers in The Idle Threats; a great Rock and Soul trio that can also deliver on a set or two of Jazz Standards, playing bass for Jokers Right; the valleys best Classic Rock Band, and as a sideman for the Bernie Zink Band; a smoking rocking blues power trio.
Singer, songwriter, bassist, music teacher and really terrible basketball player, Mark Bezanson mixes jazz, blues, soul and funk influences to create a style that is as familiar as it is diverse . In October of 2013 Mark Bezanson released his first CD of original material called Half Lies Half Truths.
“Mark Bezanson’s CD, “Half Lies Half Truths”, lives up to the ambivalence of its title. The record’s themes and music seem frequently at odds: catchy pop riffs deliver biting political exposés, funk rock tunes contain painful psychological narratives, and jazz sections interrupt rock ballads on the emotional vagaries of love. The result? Exhilarating, beautiful, perturbing.” -The Grapevine, Wolfville N.S.
Originally a band nerd he started playing bass guitar after discovering pop music on the radio. In high school Mark started playing in a few local bar bands. He went to University to study jazz at St. Francis Xavier University. He studied to become a teacher and in 1995 started teaching at Bridgetown Regional High School. His days as a performing bassist were to be put behind him, or so he thought.
Mark decided one day to form a blues band. He couldn’t find a singer so he tried it out himself. Fast forward a few years and Mark has been in many bands up and down the valley. He has played bass for Caleb Miles, Bernie Zink, Jokers Right, Kicking Mule Blues Band, Suzie Vinnick, Andy and Ariana, Kim Doolittle just to name a few. You can hear his bass work on selected tracks on CD’s by Caleb Miles and Andy and Ariana. The past few years has seen Mark devote most of his time playing with Noah Scanlan and Jerry Rodgers in The Idle Threats that play original music as well as soul and R&B. You can catch them playing up and down the valley.
2019 performance dates
Jan 1st New Years Levee at Capital Pub Middleton w Jokers Right
Jan 12 Annapolis Mess Greenwood Base w Jokers Right
Jan 25th Lunn’s Mill from 7-9 solo sets
Jan 26th Liverpool Curling Club with Jokers Right
Jan 27th Lunn’s Mill with Idle Threats Jazz Brunch (11-1)
February 2nd Idle Threats @Winegrunt in Windsor
March 2nd with The Melburns at Joes Food Emporium Wolfville
March 9th Idle Threats @Winegrunt in Windsor
March 14th 100 Club Capitol Pub
March 16 St Paddy’s Day Celebration Capitol Pub
April 13th Idle Threats @ Capitol Pub
April 20th Idle Threats at Kings Arms Pub in Kentville
Other Fish Blues
The Idle Threats live at Kings Theatre
The Band Tribute – Ophelia
Featuring Caleb Miles, Mike Carroll, Noah Scanlan, Bob Federer, Jeff Hennessy and sung by Mark Bezanson.
Performed at Night Kitchen Incomparable Feb 4, 2012 at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville, NS.
Performed at Night Kitchen YELLOW on November 3rd 2012 at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville Nova Scotia.