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Mark Bingham must follow a musical star. He was born and raised in the small Indiana town which also gave light to the composer of The Nearness of You, Heart and Soul, Georgia On My Mind, and Stardust (four songs as important to the Great American Songbook as are the four Gospels to the Bible).
After a peripatetic semi-career through the American music business and scene on both coasts, Mark eventually settled in the seminal middle again, albeit further south: New Orleans, where he founded The Boiler Room recording studio, the name doing justice to a city which served as the steam-valve through which blasted the culture, rhythms and music of Africa into American popular consciousness, music, and dance.
In 2001 Mark moved into New Orleans' Ninth Ward (an area which would suffer so much under Katrina), opening, together with several partners, Piety Street Recording (named for the street the studio is on, which should have been the title of a Tennessee Williams play).
Both Mark and the studio are NOLA icons now, and are featured in several episodes of the HBO series Treme.
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