1195 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97202

Mark Tegio & The Tall Cans

Tegio's songs include tales of wanderers and outcasts, dreamers and revelers, lovers and losers; all of whom he has been at one time or another. Originally from San Diego himself, Tegio found fellow native Tom Waits to be an early influence. Waits' fantastical songs of seedy, sordid characters, accompanied by his raspy, guttural voice, inspired Tegio's writing and singing. When Tegio was introduced to Texas songwriters such as Townes Van Zandt and Blaze Foley, he was quick to adapt some of his favorite aspects of their writing into his own developing style. Townes' dark, poetic imagery, especially of natural beauty, paired with his lonesome yet hopeful songs, combined with the levity Foley frequently used in songs and Waits' depictive storytelling, unite to create the holy union of barroom poetry that is Mark Tegio's sound.

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