Mark Schimick / Bio

Mark Schimick is the nationally renown mandolin player, singer, and multi-instrumentalist for the Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project. He was previously best known for his 12 year stint with Larry Keel and Natural Bridge. Mark was born in Chicago IL and grew up there and in Western North Carolina. In his youth he frequently visited his extended family in Southwestern Virginia (coincidentally, the same area where Larry’s family originates). Like Larry, Mark was exposed at an early age to the music of the Southern Appalachian Mountains by listening to the Stanley Brothers and Flatt and Scruggs on the radio. Starting for the age of 6, Mark pursued formal musical training in sacred choir singing and classical piano. Later he became a drummer in a variety of contemporary music bands. Mark has been playing the mandolin for 19 years, and has rapidly become one of the most versatile and fiery pickers on the acoustic music scene. Moreover, he is an outstanding multi-instrumentalist and has a clear and powerful singing voice that can range from high-lonesome, to Beatles-esque, to Motown-tinged soul. Over the years, Mark has shared the stage with many legends and luminaries such as Sam Bush, Ike Stubblefield, David Grisman, Colonel Bruce Hampton, and Merl Saunders. He has also been in the same band with Tony Rice, Peter Rowan, Vassar Clements, and Jim Lauderdale. Mark has appeared on numerous projects: his new band, the Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project; 4 of Larry Keel’s recordings since 2002; Songs from the Road Band (with members of Steep Canyon Rangers, Town Mountain, etc); the Davisson Brothers Band, saxophonist Jeremy Saunders, and many more. His own CD “Ain’t No Records Spinning” features Larry Keel as well, and was voted in the top 25 Bluegrass releases of 2007 by respected WNCW Radio in Western North Carolina. Many new recordings have also come out, including a volume one memorial CD to the great Billy Constable!! Check on all Mark's current endeavors at: www.jdmsproject.com and www.facebook.com/markschimickmusic

General Info

Band Members
Mark Schimick-mandolin - Vocals, Greg Howell- upright bass - Vocals, Morgan McNamara - Guitar
Artist Name
Mark Schimick
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Americana / Rock / Bluegrass

Contact Info

Asheville, NC

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