Mark Powell - Outlaws and Legends

This is how it all started. Mark Powell was working in medical sales at the time, lived in Abilene and travelled to Lubbock on occasion where I lived 11 years ago.  He had a customer in the same office building I worked at and his customer suggested that we meet because we both talked about songwriting, A LOT. 

We hit it off immediately.   He visited my house the very night we met and played guitar, wrote a little and discussed why we loved music.  This was my introduction to the music world.  The REAL music world.  The sharing of knowledge, the giving of space for others to play and suggesting a lyric or phrase.

A few days after our meeting, I played my first open mic night.  It was at the Blue Light. What an experience.  The nervous and anxious energy was thick and my heart never beat so fast.  After a few weeks of playing open mics, I was asked to open for a local band.  This was my first EVER, hired gig.  I had a free bar tab and I was in heaven.

Every now and then someone so special comes along it catches you off-guard. It’s as if you thought you had it all under control and then wham! another door opens and you see the world differently. That’s Mark Powell in my book.

Mark and I wrote Maybe She Loves Him and Crossing Plains on my album Crazy Water in 2008.  We have a few more songs under our belt since then.  I’m itching to release those.  For my loyal Music Family, he co-wrote “Fly Away.”

What’s more is that Mark has created one of the best festivals in Texas.  Four years ago Mark started the Outlaws and Legends Music Festival in Abilene, Texas ( http://www.outlawsandlegends.com/ ).  His festival has seen the likes of Merle Haggard, Randy Rogers, Gary P Nunn, Jamie Richards, David Allen Coe, Stoney Larue and the list goes on and on.  This year the Headliner is Robert Earl Keen and Leon Russell.  This is, by far, one of the best music festivals of the year. The Festival dates are March 28th - 30th.

Mark helped me get on stage for the first time, gave me confidence in writing when I had none and shared his knowledge of music for the sake of sharing.  He saw something in me that I had no idea was there and nourished it.  He helped me become who I want to be.

That is what life is all about Yall.

PS.  You can check out Mark Powell's band page here: http://markpowellandlariat.com/ 

2 comments

  • Meredith
    Meredith Abilene
    We love you Stan! Thank you for such a heartfelt post. You did a wonderful job, we are so thankful to have you and beautiful Kelly as our friends!

    We love you Stan! Thank you for such a heartfelt post. You did a wonderful job, we are so thankful to have you and beautiful Kelly as our friends!

  • Stan Crawford
    Stan Crawford
    Thanks Meredith! Ditto kiddo.

    Thanks Meredith! Ditto kiddo.

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