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Mark McGuinn
Born August 19, 1968 (1968-08-19) (age 41)[1]
Origin Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S.
Genres Country
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, trumpet
Years active 2001-present
Labels VFR, Blue Flamingo
Associated acts Lonestar

Mark McGuinn (born August 19, 1968 in Greensboro, North Carolina) 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 debut 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 2006's One Man's Crazy, released on Blue Flamingo Records.



McGuinn was born on August 19, 1968 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 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 eponymous debut album in May of 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 cut 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 debut 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, as well as the highest-selling single on the country singles sales charts for five consecutive weeks.[4] His debut album entered the Top Country Albums chart at #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 #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 September 11, 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 I'm Already There album. This song was released in late 2002 as a single, reaching a peak of #12 on the country charts.[8] Later that year, VFR declared bankruptcy, leaving McGuinn without a record deal. He then took a hiatus to begin a family.

McGuinn returned to the studio in 2005 to release his second album, entitled 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)
Genre Country
Label VFR
Producer Mark McGuinn, Shane Decker
Mark McGuinn chronology
Mark McGuinn
One Man's Crazy

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 E. 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)
Genre Country
Label Blue Flamingo
Producer Mark McGuinn, Jim Foster, Don Kerce
Mark McGuinn chronology
Mark McGuinn
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 Chart Positions Album
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"

Music videos

Year Video Director
2001 "Mrs. Steven Rudy" David Abbott
"That's a Plan"
"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 2007-12-14. 
  3. ^ a b Cohoon, Rick. "Mark McGuinn biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-12-14. 
  4. ^ "Mark McGuinn a Happy Man at Radio". 2005-11-22. Retrieved 2007-12-14. 
  5. ^ "McGuinn Breaks SoundScan Record". 2001-05-24. Retrieved 2007-12-14. 
  6. ^ Cohoon, Rick. "Mark McGuinn review". Allmusic. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  7. ^ Newcomer, Wendy. "Writing Through the Pain".,,GAC_26499_4983928,00.html. Retrieved 2007-12-14. 
  8. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt. "Mark McGuinn - One Man's Crazy". Retrieved 2007-12-14. 
  9. ^ "Mark McGuinn Prepares Follow-Up". 2006-04-07. Retrieved 2007-12-14. 

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