Lynda Marks and the Marksmen were more than just a passing
fancy in Toronto's nightclub scene during the 1980s. Slinging a flashy
Gretsch Chet Atkins Nashville, or an old L-series Fender Telecaster around
her neck, Lynda Marks was a singer songwriter whose music rocked many a
house in a multitude of American roots styles, from rockabilly to rhythm
and blues to reggae. She touched the core of her audience with her magnetism
and honest performances. Lynda was a versatile member of Toronto's summer
festival elite, often working solo, backing or teaming up with other prominent
members of Canada's music scene. But her reputation reached south of the
border, too. She performed with zydeco king Clifton Chenier. She arranged
the rhythm and blues of the '70s with a country twist. She resuscitated
the music of Gram Parsons and countless bluegrass and early rock and roll
legends. Her original music was performed by many other artists, and by
age 21, she had earned the respect of her seasoned colleagues.
Lynda Marks was alt.country when alt.country wasn't cool. She was on
In 1984, Lynda was invited to be the featured guitarist and musical
director for a concert in Israel, which featured members of British reggae
sensations Black Slate and the Blacktones. She was criticized for her twangy
country-style guitar, but fans loved it and wanted more. She was encouraged
to spend a year playing the club scene in Israel, and did so to packed
houses, six nights a week, plus matinees and private posh soirees for ambassadors
During the late 1980s Lynda relocated to Asbury Park, New Jersey, to
record with members of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, whom she
had gotten to know during their Toronto appearances. Soon thereafter, she
formed Blue Moo, an eclectic and highly popular quintet that continued
to foster her passion for American roots music, often approaching Bob Marley
and Bob Wills with her positive energy, vim and vigor.
As her success grew, Lynda began spending more time involved in human
rights causes. She was directly linked to a rescue effort that brought
36,000 of Ethiopia's remaining Jews to Israel in accordance with their
own wish to come to the Promised Land. It became apparent to those who
knew her that Lynda was not only a dreamer and idealist, but also a born
activist with a track record.
As the decade progressed and alt.country came out of the closet, Lynda
took time out to have a family and to become a serious fund raiser on behalf
of social causes. But she never hung up her rock'n'roll shoes.
In the past few years, Lynda has amassed a batch of new, sure-fire hits
that are sure to revive her faithful audience and introduce her to a whole
new generation of music lovers. The holy trinity of her music is faith,
hope and charity, no matter what religion!
For more information or just to say "Hi", why not send an e-mail message
to Linda Marks Kraar.