Soul Kitchen,…somewhere between Saturday night revelry and Sunday morning redemption!
Award winning and local favorite, New Mexico based soul and blues. with guitarist Chris Dracup, bassist, Marcus Casman and and drummer, Mark Clark
Private events, festivals, smaller events/ acoustic duo with Chris Dracup and Hill
With a deep soulfulness rooted in the Gospel-driven churches of her youth, a classically trained vocal instrument that’s a natural wonder and a God-given instinct for swinging a lyric, vocalist Hillary Smith has been electrifying audiences across the US for more than a quarter century. She’s a belter, but her voice also possesses great warmth and expressiveness, and she is able to get under the skin of those in her audience.
Chris Dracup, a life long resident of New Mexico, began performing at the age of sixteen in his hometown of Taos, NM. Since then he has been a singer and lead guitarist with some of New Mexico's favorite bands, including The Muttz & The Rattle Cats. Known for his stunning and soulful electric blues guitar, he works in a diverse range of musical styles. His songwriting has garnered critical and popular acclaim and won him an enduring fan base.
For the past 18 years, Marcus has proudly held the bass chair in groups fronted by Chris Dracup of Albuquerque, N.M. They include The Creepin' M'Hakas, The Chris Dracup Trio and The Chris Dracup Project, and most recently, Soul Kitchen, featuring Hillary Smith and, formerly, Tommy Elskes. From that vantage, he has logged over 1500 shows in many of the Southwest's best venues.
Back in Santa Fe, Mark is the drummer with R&B sensation Hillary Smith, the latin rock group Manzanares, and continues to record and tour with Jono Manson. He holds the primary Percussion / Drum Instructor position at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, and acts as a Guest Clinician/Endorser for The Zildjian Cymbal Co, Vic Firth Drum Sticks, Aquarian Drum Heads, and The LP Music Group (Latin percussion).
Photo Credits: Bruce Bloy, Oscar Lozoya,
Coad Miller and Kim Buchanan