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“Give me the reasons to go on. Soften the sorrow that shatters and bends, and mend broken dreams.”Singer/songwriter Mark Heard wrote those words in “House of Broken Dreams” on his Dry Bones Dance LP in 1990. There was a prophesy buried within the lines, whether he knew it or not. Heard passed away two years later, in August of 1992, but his words have echoed on in the hearts of all who knew them. And now, with Treasure of the Broken Land: The Songs of Mark Heard, many more hearts can join the chorus while marking the 25th anniversary of his passing. For Jeff Grantham, the project’s mastermind, another lyric sums it all up: “Time marches away like a lost platoon” (from “Strong Hand of Love”). Because two prior Heard tributes that were done in the mid-90s are both now out of print, Grantham felt like the time was right to revisit the catalog. As a back-stop to Heard’s possible obscurity, Grantham recruited producer Phil Madeira and an army of Americana artists to render the songs anew. Before and during the project, Rodney Crowell, Drew Holcomb, Sierra Hull, Buddy Miller, and others each came to know Mark and his music on their own terms, each thoughtfully recruited by either Grantham or Madeira. Then, together, they set about pairing each singer with the just-right song culled from Heard’s three final releases: Dry Bones Dance, Second Hand, and Satellite Sky. When a songwriter’s work transcends time, space, and category as Heard’s does, artists from any era, genre, or gender can connect, as evidenced time and again on Treasure of the Broken Land. That’s because, according to Madeira, “The best songwriting comes out of wrestling and conversing with yourself. It’s a spiritual endeavor.” It certainly was for Heard. Rooted in his religious upbringing in Macon, Georgia, he wrestled “with belief, doubt, pain, and ultimate resurrection,” turning vision into verse. While bringing awareness to Heard’s stunning body of work is certainly one of the main goals of the project, Grantham also hopes Treasure of the Broken Land will make Mark’s widow, Janet, and his daughter Rebecca proud. Further still, “I have a loftier goal in mind,” he confesses. “In these challenging times, ‘music heals’ has become a mantra for many artists. I sincerely hope this collection of songs is part of the healing process and that it has a positive impact on those who hear it.”When a great artist dies at a fairly young age, the hole they leave is that much bigger than it might have been because we are all left to wonder what else they might have accomplished. But their impact is, indeed, felt…. even in their absence.
“Treasure of the Broken Land: the Songs of Mark Heard” digital download.
The new album on CD.
“18” x 24" poster featuring artwork from the new album.
Features of Tritan USA Drinkware
New design just for pledgers. Men’s & Women’s sizing available. Choose Heathered Navy or Heathered Cardinal colors.
Special limited edition vinyl copy of “Treasure of the Broken Land” Double Album on 180 gram vinyl Release date TBD
The new t-shirt design and a CD copy of “The Treasure of the Broken Land: The Songs of Mark Heard”
Autographed CD copy of Rodney Crowell’s new record “Close Ties” (2017) + a CD copy of “Treasure of the Broken Land: The Songs of Mark Heard” + “Nod Over Coffee” mug.
The new album on limited edition double 180g vinyl and the new t-shirt (multiple styles and colors available).
The new album artwork Poster, the “Nod Over Coffee” mug and the new T-Shirt (multiple sizing and color options).
Autographed vinyl LP of Lily & Madeleine’s New West Records debut album, “Keep It Together” (2016) in L&M Wolf natural canvas bag + Limited Edition Double Vinyl Copy (180g) of “Treasure of the Broken Land: The Songs of Mark Heard.”
Autographed CD of the latest Birds of Chicago album “Real Midnight” (2016) produced by Joe Henry + an original, unopened copy of “Play Me Backwards: Collectors Edition” (2013) by Joan Baez, which features her demos of “Rise From The Ruins” and “Lonely Moon” that were both written by Mark Heard + a CD copy of “Treasure of the Broken Land: The Songs of Mark Heard.”
Autographed CD copies of Drew Holcomb’s three most recent albums “Souvenirs” (2017), “Live At The Ryman” (2016) , and “Medicine” (2015) + CD copy of “Treasure of the Broken Land: The Songs of Mark Heard”
Autographed Vinyl copies of Drew Holcomb’s three most recent albums “Souvenirs” (2017), “Live At The Ryman” (2016) , and “Medicine” (2015) + Vinyl copy of “Treasure of the Broken Land: The Songs of Mark Heard”
Along with a CD copy of “Treasure of the Broken Land: The Songs of Mark Heard”, it contains unopened original copies (no cut-outs) of the following CD’s: Mark Heard – “Dry Bones Dance”
Mark Heard – “Second Hand”
Mark Heard – “Satellite Sky”
Mark Heard – “High Noon”
Various Artists – “Strong Hand Of Love: The Radio Special – A Tribute To Mark Heard”
These leather bags are created exclusively by the Mother-Son team of Anita and Eric from ReFind Originals. The bags measure 12"W x 10.5"H. All iPads will fit in the bags, (except for the large iPad Pro). There are inside pockets, and the strap is detachable as well as adjustable. The color of the leather back will vary, but it will coordinate nicely with the front image. Brass hardware completes the look of these stunning bags.
These special bags are made one at a time with care at the ReFind Originals Studio in Indianapolis Indiana. You won’t find bags like these anywhere else! Each bag comes with a CD copy of “Treasure of the Broken Land: the Songs of Mark Heard” plus a “Nod Over Coffee” mug.