Our guest this week on Art of the Song is singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Mark Erelli. Before turning his attention to a career in music, he earned a Master’s Degree in evolutionary biology. Mark Erelli now travels his own road that both embodies and challenges our expectations of a singer/songwriter. Erelli has tackled everything from western swing and protest songs to lullabies and murder ballads, all in a richly expressive voice that Twangville.com heralds as “the male counterpart to Neko Case.” It is a journey that has taken Erelli from church basement coffeehouses to the main stage of the Newport Folk Festival, stopping briefly along the way to sing the national anthem at Fenway Park. In 1999 he won the prestigious Kerville Folk Festival New Folk Award, and in 2005, People Look Around, a song he co-wrote with Catie Curtis was the grand prize winner for the International Songwriting Competition. We had the pleasure of hosting Mark Erelli for a house concert in our Albuquerque, New Mexico living room.