His roots are in Chicago but since 1981 Mark Dvorak has been criss-crossing the country performing, teaching and learning all the while. He’s visited big cities where his concerts and recordings have been hailed as “a refreshing and significant portrait of the living folk tradition,” and he’s traveled many a back road to some out-of-the-way place or small town where the sounds and songs of the American experience seem more deeply rooted; where his performances come across like a friendly conversation with neighbors.
Dvorak is a folk singer’s folk singer who follows unerringly in the footsteps of Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Big Bill Broonzy and Art Thieme. With hundreds of songs in his repertoire, he is an entertainer whose performances are marked with a clear knowledge of his music and art, and also with an understanding of what a given audience is ready to listen to.
His natural style of performing can make an old song sound new and a new song sound familiar.