483. Eye of the Storm – Mark Heard


Mark Heard

The first of several Mark Heard solo projects, Eye of the Storm is a departure from all of the other Mark Heard projects on this list. The entirely acoustic project was closer to Mark’s James Taylor like beginnings than anything immediately preceding or that would follow.  I believe it has remained Mark’s most commercially successful release which prompted the record company to demand Mark follow up with similar stylized projects. In normal Heard like response, Mark went ahead and recorded two straight ahead rock n roll albums!

Eye of the Storm is beautiful record and deserves repeated listens. The lyrics remain as poignant as ever and some are the finest Mark ever wrote. The title track, The Pain That Plagues Creation, Castaway (also on Appalachian Melody) and In the Gaze of the Spotlights Eye sound just as strong today as they did nearly 30 years ago.

Recorded, mixed, written and performed entirely by Mark in his home studio, there is an intimacy and simplicity that this release alone was able to capture. Eye of the Storm marries the best of James Taylor and Bruce Cockburn and reveals Mark to be one of the finest acoustic guitarist of his era.

  1. Brian
    October 16, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    I have a friend who is a Mark Heard fan. While I was not specifically as avid a fan, I listened to his albums with respect. His production was by far ahead of the curve of the contemporary CCM of the day, and his songwriting had a keen edge.

  2. don
    March 31, 2011 at 1:44 am

    This should be in the low 100s in my opinion – but I am glad it made the list

  3. January 29, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    I’m with Don!

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