In 1985, having abandoned Nashville for Baltimore, he anticipated a future musical subgenre by calling his KJK Records debut Return to Americana; the label followed with American Pieces in 1988. In 1992, Resigned Records released Brine's single "New Blue Yodel," and when Hank Snow heard it, he invited the singer to appear with him on the Grand Ole Opry. A New Blue Yodel album followed in 1995. Brine returned to KJK for American Bleak House, a collection of folk-blues with a political edge, in 1999; later that year Wild Oats Records issued Real Special Feelin'. Back in the Country appeared on Sweden's Sound Asleep Records in 2000. Wild Oats issued Brine's For Karrie in April 2003, the same year KJK had the limited-edition children's album Songs & Stories from Mrs. Alexander's Farm. In April 2004, Shut Eye Records released the compilation Fortunes: The Best of Mark Brine.
Brine was inducted into the National Traditional Country Music Association Hall of Fame in 2005, and to commemorate the honor, Door Knob assembled the promotional CD I'm Not Anyone: The Nashville Sessions, which combined his earliest recordings with some previously unissued material of the same vintage. The disc was given away as a bonus with purchases of his other CDs on his website, www.markbrine.com. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi