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Mark Viator tells me that we first met 30 years ago at Artz Rib House when he was playing lead guitar for No Strangers.  I've enjoyed Mark's guitar playing and songwriting ever since, whether he was backing someone else, performing as a solo act, part of the trio, Ru La-La with Jane Gillman and Marce Lacouture, or as a duo with Susan Maxey.  Somewhere along the way, Mark and I discovered that we had something in common.  We were both born on February 10th and we want you to help us celebrate our birthdays by attending our house concert with Mark  and Susan.  This will be their second time to perform in our home and Bev and I are very excited to have them back.  Mark and Susan met at the Kerrville Folk Festival in 1991 and have been on a musical journey ever since.  Drawing from Mark’s background in country blues, R&B, and Cajun roots and Susan’s classic country twang, they have developed an original sound that is roots driven.  Their shows bring you a repertoire of original songs about highways, hurricanes, red tail hawks, and the call of love. Their tightly woven vocal arrangements are powered by Susan’s soulful voice and underscored by Mark’s National slide and evocative guitar playing. Together, they deliver a powerful show that draws on the rhythms of South Louisiana and the timeless qualities of the Texas troubadours.

Mark Viator and Susan Maxey