Mark LaPointe - Leather And Strings

by Chuck Dauphin

Mark LaPointe


Massachusetts isn’t exactly known as a hotbed of Country performers, but there have been a few to break
through, most notably Jo Dee Messina.  Hoping to join her is Annesbury native Mark LaPointe, who brings his
own unique viewpoint and sound to the table, thereby proving his mettle.

Writing all eleven cuts off this disc, he’s got more than a few winners here.  His vocal is very strong and resonant
from the beginning on the title cut.  His voice keeps getting better and better throughout the album, especially on
the pleasant “All Things Texan,” which benefits from some great harmony from Bobbie Lancaster.  He slips in a
90s pop feel on the emotional “Fathers’ Day,” which reminded me of the style of Joshua Kadison.  There’s a
lonesome vibe on the “There You Go Again,” thanks in part to the stirring fiddle of Gordon Lowry. 

In addition to the musical tracks and vocal chops expressed here, LaPointe also proves his worth as a tunesmith
throughout the disc.  Whether it be celebrating special times in “The Lightning,” or learning to let go in
“Westbound Train,” LaPointe shows that he definitely has that magical potion called “it,” whether he’s singing or
writing.  A true delight from start to finish!

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