The Local "Uncommon Duo" of Mark and Deb Bond, Release New CD, Summer Show Dates Scheduled

CHARLESTOWN, NEW HAMPSHIRE - Mark and Deb Bond have been creating music together for over two decades. If you have been a fan of live local music in the Southern New Hampshire/Vermont areas during this time, chances are you have crossed this talented couple's path, having been a part of many bands (and music projects) over the years including Vehicle, Last Kid Picked, High Noon, Mistress, The Larry Mitchell Band, Wild Heart, Acid Bran, Magus, The Jaye Muller Band and The Winter Tree, to name a few.


Article by Joe Milliken * Photos courtesy of Mark and Deb Bond

Having witnessed their live performances several times, this writer can certainly attest to the Bonds possessing the creative ability to adapt their style to accommodate practically any setting or genre of music; from classic and progressive rock, to quieter, acoustic-style music and everything in between. Hence, the wide variety of bands and musical projects for which they have contributed over the years.

The Bonds' latest endeavor is a new, full-length CD release titled One Less Glass, which was written, recorded and produced by Mark and Deb. It is their first disc of new music since 2011's Between Stop & Go. "We started working on the new CD in January of 2016," Mark Bond said in a recent, exclusive SRO interview. "For what else are musicians to do in New England during the middle of winter? (laughs)

"The new CD features nine original songs, all co-written by Deb and I. We recorded in our home setting, Hidden Valley Studios, as well as a vacation house on Lake Sunapee (New Hampshire). We also had a special guest on the disk, having the privilege to record with our long-time friend, local drummer Andrew Hanscom, as he played on 8 of the 9 tracks."

For the new CD, the Bonds found themselves drawing mostly from their various rock-music roots. "The process of writing, developing and recording these songs was an amazing experience," Mark said. "We drew a lot of influence from our feel for the classic, blues/rock vibe, such as Warren Haynes/Gov't Mule, Tedeschi-Trucks Band and Led Zeppelin.

"All of the drum tracking was recorded at Hidden Valley, using the Glyn Johns 'four-mic' technique (Johns, the world-famous producer of such legendary bands as The Who, Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton). It was a perfect, ambient accent for Andrew's drumming. We recorded, produced and mixed everything via Protools, and the CD was mastered by mastering-engineer, Drew Thomas, at Sage Audio in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Bonds are also clearly excited for their upcoming summer schedule, as they will be incorporating several tracks from the new CD in their live set. "This summer, we will be back to perform at all our regular venues," Deb Bond concluded. "We have dates set up at The Anchorage in Sunapee Harbor, as well as Salt Hill Pub (all 5 locations), Tavern on the Square in Claremont, New Hampshire, Phelps Barn in Grafton Vermont, Rick’s Tavern in Newfane, Vermont and Harpoon Brewery in Windsor Vermont, to name a few. We will also be booking more shows moving forward, which you can view on our website, as well as upcoming Standing Room Only music blogs.

The Bond's new CD One Less Glass will be available at all upcoming shows, as well as being available for download at Markdebbondonelessglass.hearnow.com. You can also purchase the CD at CD BABY, iTunes and their website. Visit Mark and Deb at www.markdebbond.com, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Mark-Deb-Bond.