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Today, Better Noise Music’s resident country-rocker Cory Marks releases the new track ‘Devil’s Grin (Acoustic)’ in partnership with Amazon Music, which is now available exclusively on the streaming service’s Original’s programming. The single comes ahead of the critically acclaimed artist’s new EP Nashville Nights, set for an August 20th release.
The stripped-down reimagined version of ‘Devil’s Grin’ originally appeared on Marks’ 2020 debut album Who I Am. Now Marks is celebrating the one year anniversary of the album’s release, originally released on August 7th, 2020, with the Amazon Original ‘Devil’s Grin (Acoustic)’, a track that perfectly highlights Marks’ ability to soulfully blend the rawness of rock and the storytelling of country.
Upon the album’s release last year, Billboard praised Marks for his “shape-shifting” styles. Amazon Music listeners can find the track on the Fresh Rock playlist, Amazon Music’s home for the hottest new rock releases. Customers can also simply ask, “Alexa, play the Amazon Original by Cory Marks” in the Amazon Music app for iOS and Android and on Alexa-enabled devices. Amazon Music listeners can access hundreds of Amazon Originals featuring both emerging and established artists across numerous genres, available to stream and purchase only on Amazon Music HERE.
Marks says of the track, “The song ‘Devil’s Grin’ is a story about that person you can’t seem to get enough of even though you know it just means trouble. I’m so grateful to the folks at Amazon Music who wanted to take this journey with me as I stripped down the song to highlight the lyrics which paint a temptation that I know everyone can relate to.”
Marks recently released his Nashville Mornings EP and dropped a music video for his anthem ‘Blame It On The Double (Country Mix) Featuring Tyler Connolly’. Another, rock-heavy version of the song was released earlier this year, also featuring Connolly and guitarist Jason Hook. The music video for that version features footage from the upcoming horror film THE RETALIATORS, in which Marks makes an onscreen cameo. The song is also included on the soundtrack for the film, which is set to make its world premiere at Arrow Video FrightFest 2021 in London on August 30th.
For more information on the festival and tickets to the screening, visit: http://www.frightfest.co.uk/
ABOUT CORY MARKS
In 2019, Billboard deemed Cory Marks’ top 10 Rock Radio single ‘Outlaws and Outsiders’ the “hit that couldn’t be confined.” The same statement could be said about Cory himself, who has exploded onto airwaves and tour stages over the past few years, making himself known as the next generation of southern rock. Mixing the storytelling tradition of country music and the loud, unapologetic sounds of heavy rock, Cory’s music blasts with an aggressive, soulful edge. 2020 saw the release of his critically acclaimed debut album WHO I AM – spawning fan favorites like ‘Devil’s Grin’ and ‘Blame It on the Double’. The album is the product of an artist who knows where he’s been and has many excited to know where he’ll go.
Photo credit: Ed Regan
‘Outlaws and Outsiders’, which features country music icon Travis Tritt, Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch, and Mick Mars of Mötley Crüe, was a global hit, receiving more than 33 million streams worldwide, trending near the top of Shazam’s all-genre discovery charts alongside some of the biggest names in music, and already certified gold in Cory’s home country of Canada. Touring forces like Toby Keith and Brantley Gilbert have invited Cory to join them on the road. And despite this, Cory remains grounded and grateful.
Rooted in the influence of his hometown in North Bay, Ontario, where he grew up surrounded by its salt-of-the-earth residents, Cory is undoubtedly himself, not just as a musician, but as a person. He continues to be influenced by the acts that drew him to writing and performing in the first place: The Rolling Stones, Deep Purple, Rush, Ozzy Osbourne, and most notably Merle Haggard, who Cory embodies in his own 21st century way.
With a new studio album in the works and the upcoming horror-thriller film THE RETALIATORS in which he has an onscreen cameo and a song featured on the original soundtrack, Cory has just begun to make his mark(s) on the music industry.