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Mark credits his passion for country music and the power in his voice to his dad Herb, who played guitar and sang on the banks of the Muskingum River outside the little town of Stockport, OH. This is the same small town where he met his childhood friend, Jason Short!
It takes more than good genes to develop a true hard-livin voice. It needs to be created and fueled by the baggage of a hard-livin life…and hard liquor! A childhood of poverty induced relocations forced this young singer-songwriter out on his own as soon as he saw an opportunity.
Like all aspiring artists, Mark played at night and worked a day job to make ends meet. Unlike most, his job was traveling the country to go 100 feet in the air with a 25 pound 4 foot chainsaw. This excruciating and dangerous line of work even took him to the large Timbers of Southern California during the wildfires!!
These experiences made his skin thick and his voice even thicker. When he finally took the plunge to play music full-time, he took the ethic and perseverance of a hard day’s work along with him.
After averaging 150-200 gigs a year as a solo artist, it wasn’t long before he was sharing the stage with legends like David Allan Coe and Mark Chestnutt or modern stars like Clay Walker, Lee Brice, and Blackberry Smoke. His single "Hey Girl" stayed at the #2 spot on Reverb Nation for 6 weeks riding along side Trace Adkins the whole way. He went on to form a powerhouse band that landed a long run as the house band at the nationally recognized Screamin’ Willie’s nightclub.
Struggling to keep a band together that recognized the lack of soul and authenticity in modern country, Mark decided to return to his river roots of classic outlaw music as a solo artist. That was up until the infamous corner bar reunion with Jason!!
Mark is also an avid supporter of our military personnel. Every year he can be found organizing and participating in multiple biker runs, rallies and events collecting much needed donations for the troops.