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Mark Bluhm

Curmudgeon by Mark Bluhm

Mark Bluhm is a long-time bass player - a fixture on the Cleveland scene as a key rhythm section member of a number of bands that probably entertained many of our readers in their high school years and beyond. A long time special education teacher in Cleveland Heights and, later, Lakewood, Mark NEVER strayed far from music -even, for a time, working in the business as an A&R man for ? records.

Bluhm was playing in a popular Rolling Stones tribute band when, feeling restless after years of playing other people's music, he had begun to yearn for something different - all those years, he'd been writing, but never had a chance to realize his material. Casting about, he stumbled across a Craigslist post looking for a bass player interested in playing in an original band. The source of the ad was Lakewood guitarist Bill Rouse, who had been looking to team up with drummer Paul Nickels and singer Tim Pursifull to write and deliver his own originals. Meetings were arranged, and a musical relationship that has lasted a decade was launched.

Bluhm and Nickels comprised the rhythm sections of both Inner Ring Conspiracy and The Clifton Beat, and write he did - the bands each made a record and roughly half the contributions coming from Bluhm.

With live music on hold thanks to the GODDAMN coronavirus at the time of this writing, Bluhm is putting the finishing touches on "Curmudgeon," his long anticipated solo album. The record will feature 14 songs, 12 of them Bluhm originals.

Check back - we'll have a release announcement soon!

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