TAKE FROM IT WHAT YOU NEED
Edmonton has a vibrant blues community and Mark Sterling is one of the proponents of the sound.
Take From It What You Need is a 13-cut effort which shows Sterling has a good handle on blues with a folk/roots feel. This is that slow, get down into the feel of the music kind of blues which is perfect for those smokey nights when you just want to ‘feel’ what the music is all about. If that is the case you are going to love I Should Have Seen It Comin’. Very nicely done.
Of course you could make that statement about just every song on the recording. Sterling really never has a misstep here. He knows what he is good at, and he plays to those strengths throughout, with a focus on slow, soulful blues.
On occasion he takes it up a notch, like the sing Keep Your Hands Off Her, but it’s still heartfelt blues.
No One Home, one of Sterling’s own compositions, takes the disk more toward the folk/roots side of his music, which still works.
Sterling has a voice which really fits the laid back music he plays, very relaxed and enjoyable.
Sterling mixes some of his own music, with a few standards, to create a nice solid disk which is well worth searching out.
Check it out at www.myspace.com/marksterling69
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper June 2, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada