Press

“One day soon, the future of Canadian country music will rest on the slender shoulders of Mark Koening…..Koening’s just completed recording the material for his debut album.  It’s a remarkable collection of original songs….a genuine Canadian country landmark that’s destined for greatness.”
            Rod Campbell, Edmonton Journal

“there’s no question he’s one of the few real thoroughbreds who has all the necessary ingredients to turn heads.”
            Peter North, Country Magazine, January 1991 

“If there’s any fairness in the world of music, Koenig’s extraordinary debut album, The Lonesome Kind, should vault him past George Fox to the top of the list of Canadian country talent.”
            Patrick Davitt, Regina Leader-Post, May 4, 1991 

“Although Koenig has been aligned with country music (perhaps due to his long-time affiliation with Ian Tyson), his musical output isn’t constrained  by category.  Like John Hiatt, Jerry Jeff Walker and Guy Clark, everything, including musical style, is used to accent the song.  And, like those artists, Koenig’s songs are also strongly narrative.
            David Veitch, Calgary Sun June 10, 1991 

“Here’s a tremendous folk/country song writing talent out of western Canada, and his debut is quite a strong piece of work…..it is one for media folk who champion the likes of John Hiatt, Joe Ely, Tom Russell and Ian Tyson.”
            The Record, May 20, 1991 (Canadian version of Billboard Magazine)

“The country ballad taken to an emotional apex recalling Bojangles, trains and that high long-gone lonesome of Hank and Lefty.”
            Richard Wagamese, Calgary Herald

“If this is Mark Koenig’s first effort he shows the talent to be a mega-star.  Both as a singer and as a songwriter.  Great ear pleaser!
            Wayne Krokback, Thunder Bay Post 

Mark Koenig is one of the most impressive voices and writers on the country scene in the ‘90s….He has a bright future.
            Paul Kennedy, CHFX-FM Halifax 

“Mark typifies the ultimate entertainer….He writes, plays and sings with style and class.”
            Dick Bell, CFCW Camrose 

“Mark’s music is distinctly different.  His songs stand out from the crowd.  Three great sons so far…Thanks for making this a great year.”
            Ian McCallum, BX-93, London 

“A Canadian diamond in the rough finally uncovered….Strong writer and cherry production.  A winner!!!”
            “Weird” Harold, CKWX, Vancouver 

“Having witness highly touted Canadian country acts like George Fox and Michelle Wright in the past week, it’s fair to say that Koenig’s surpassed them both with his imaginative writing and bold arrangements.”
            Rod Campbell