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Mark McGuinn
Mark McGuinn
Born (1968-08-19) August 19, 1968 (age 49)[1]
Origin Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S.
Genres Country
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, trumpet
Labels VFR, Blue Flamingo, Off Center

Mark McGuinn (born August 19, 1968) is an American country music artist. He made his debut in 2001 with the single "Mrs. Steven Rudy", a Top 10 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. It was the first of three singles from his first album Mark McGuinn, which was released in 2001 on the independent VFR Records label. The label was closed in 2002, and McGuinn did not a record another album until One Man's Crazy in 2006, released on Blue Flamingo Records. He has not recorded an album since then.


McGuinn was born in Greensboro, North Carolina. His musical background includes playing trumpet in a jazz band.[2] McGuinn later aspired to become a professional soccer player. After a knee injury, he decided to move to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1994 to become a songwriter instead.[3]

Musical career

By 2001, McGuinn was signed to VFR Records, a newly formed independent record label, which released his first album, Mark McGuinn, in May that year.[3] Initially, the label had planned to release "That's a Plan" as the album's first single. After a disc jockey at KPLX in Dallas, Texas, began playing "Mrs. Steven Rudy", another track from the album, other nearby stations soon followed suit. Due to the reaction the song was receiving in this market, the label released it as McGuinn's first single, with "That's a Plan" on the B-side.[1]

Upon the release of "Mrs. Steven Rudy", McGuinn was considered a "dark horse" on the country music scene, due in part to his jazz background and beatnik image, which were considered outside the norms of country radio.[2] "Mrs. Steven Rudy" was a top ten hit on the Billboard country music charts, and the highest-selling single on the country singles sales charts for five consecutive weeks.[4] His album entered the Top Country Albums chart at number 18, setting a new record for the highest entry on that chart for the first release from an independent label.[5] "That's a Plan" was eventually released as the second single, followed by "She Doesn't Dance". These songs peaked at numbers 25 and 29, respectively, on the country charts.

Rick Cohoon of Allmusic rated the album four stars out of five, saying that it "combines an entertaining musical arrangement with solid songwriting."[6]

After first album

On the day of the 11 September 2001 attacks, McGuinn wrote and recorded a tribute song entitled "More Beautiful Today". He insisted that the song not be released to radio (although it did receive enough airplay to enter the country charts), and made it available only as a download on his website.[7]

McGuinn also wrote a song entitled "Unusually Unusual", which was recorded by the country band Lonestar on their 2001 album I'm Already There. This song was released in late 2002 as a single, reaching number 12 on the country charts.[8] Later that year, VFR declared bankruptcy, leaving McGuinn without a record deal. He then took a break to begin a family.

McGuinn returned to the studio in 2005 to record his second album, One Man's Crazy. It was released that year on Blue Flamingo Records, an independent label started by McGuinn and one of his co-writing partners, Jim Foster.[9] "More Beautiful Today" was also reprised for this album.[8] In 2008, George Jones released the single "You and Me and Time", which McGuinn co-wrote.

Mark McGuinn (2001)

Mark McGuinn
Studio album by Mark McGuinn
Released May 8, 2001 (2001-05-08)
Recorded 2000-01
Genre Country
Label VFR
Producer Mark McGuinn, Shane Decker
Mark McGuinn chronology
Mark McGuinn
One Man's Crazy
(2006)One Man's Crazy2006

Track listing

  1. "Mrs. Steven Rudy" (Mark McGuinn, Shane Decker) - 3:29
  2. "Heaven Must Be Missin' You" (McGuinn, Trey Matthews) - 3:41
  3. "No Way" (McGuinn, Matthews) - 2:29
  4. "That's a Plan" (Bobby Boyd, David Leone) - 3:26
  5. "If the World Was Mine" (McGuinn, Decker) - 4:29
  6. "One of Their Own" (McGuinn, Boyd) - 3:52
  7. "She Doesn't Dance" (McGuinn, Don Pfrimmer, Decker) - 4:12
  8. "Silver Platter" (McGuinn, Matthews) - 3:58
  9. "All About the Ride" (McGuinn, Boyd, Billy Davidson) - 3:20
  10. "Love Don't Float" (McGuinn, Jim Foster)- 3:38
  11. "Busy Signal" (McGuinn, Matthews) - 4:28
  12. "Done It Right" (McGuinn, Pfrimmer, Decker) - 3:04


Chart positions

Chart (2001) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 18
U.S. Billboard 200 117
U.S. Billboard Top Independent Albums 2
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers 1

One Man's Crazy (2006)

One Man's Crazy
Studio album by Mark McGuinn
Released July 4, 2006 (2006-07-04)
Recorded 2006
Genre Country
Label Blue Flamingo
Producer Mark McGuinn, Jim Foster, Don Kerce
Mark McGuinn chronology
Mark McGuinn
(2001)Mark McGuinn2001
One Man's Crazy

Track listing

  1. "One Man's Crazy" (Mark McGuinn, Don Pfrimmer) - 4:00
  2. "115lbs" (M. McGuinn, Jim Foster) - 3:48
  3. "Deep" (M. McGuinn, Pfrimmer) - 3:05
  4. "Bring 'Em Back" (M. McGuinn, S. McGuinn) - 4:16
  5. "Turtle" (M. McGuinn, Foster) - 3:31
  6. "Better a Painful Ending" (M. McGuinn, Sharyn Lane) - 4:26
    • duet with Georgette Jones
  7. "Trampoline" (M. McGuinn, John Reynolds) - 4:09
  8. "Centreville" (M. McGuinn, Pfrimmer, Dennis McCraken) - 3:25
  9. "Mona Lisa" (M. McGuinn, Trey Matthews) - 3:27
  10. "Everest" (M. McGuinn, Pfrimmer) - 3:31
  11. "Y" (M. McGuinn, Reynolds) - 2:47
  12. "Wide Open" (M. McGuinn, Kevin Fisher) - 4:07
  13. "Big Girl" (M. McGuinn) - 2:53
  14. "More Beautiful Today" (M. McGuinn, Reynolds, Bill Davidson) - 5:01



Year Single Peak chart
US Country US
2001 "Mrs. Steven Rudy" 6 44 Mark McGuinn
"That's a Plan" 25 --
2002 "She Doesn't Dance" 29 --
"More Beautiful Today" 54 -- One Man's Crazy
2006 "Bring 'Em Back" -- --
"One Man's Crazy" -- --
"Deep" -- --
2011 "Til U Got Home" -- -- single only
"--" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos

Year Video Director
2001 "Mrs. Steven Rudy"[10] David Abbott
"That's a Plan"[11]
"She Doesn't Dance" Eric Welch


  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 273. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ a b Zhito, Lisa (2001-04-09). "Dark Horse McGuinn Hits with "Mrs. Steven Rudy"". Retrieved . 
  3. ^ a b Cohoon, Rick. "Mark McGuinn biography". Allmusic. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ "Mark McGuinn a Happy Man at Radio". 2005-11-22. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ "McGuinn Breaks SoundScan Record". 2001-05-24. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ Cohoon, Rick. "Mark McGuinn review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010. 
  7. ^ Newcomer, Wendy. "Writing Through the Pain". Retrieved . 
  8. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt. "Mark McGuinn - One Man's Crazy". Retrieved . 
  9. ^ "Mark McGuinn Prepares Follow-Up". 2006-04-07. Retrieved . 
  10. ^ "CMT : Videos : Mark McGuinn : Mrs. Steven Rudy". Country Music Television. Retrieved 2011. 
  11. ^ "CMT : Videos : Mark McGuinn : That's A Plan". Country Music Television. Retrieved 2011. 

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