The SouthernTier are a Los Angeles based Americana band playing a mixture of Country, Bluegrass and Rock music. The SouthernTier are Mark Lennon - Guitar / Vocals, Courtney Sudbrink - Bass, John Phinney - Pedal Steel / Banjo and Erik David - Drums / Vocals.
The SouthernTier is fronted by North Carolina native Mark W. Lennon who released his full length debut album, Home of the Wheel in 2011. Compared to 2009’s much talked about EP, Down the Mountain, Home of the Wheel has a raw - stripped down sound, due in part to producer Marvin Etzioni. A former member of Lone Justice, Etizoni (who has worked with Steve Earle, Counting Crows and Lucinda Williams) helped Lennon create an album centering on well-crafted songs of lost love, reflection and longing for the South.
Lennon’s twang-tinged voice is authentic. He has the ability to deliver a positive spin on even the most melancholy sentiments. His honest and personal lyrics evoke imagery deeply rooted in his southern upbringing and family history, that seamlessly transition from depression era themes to modern day introspective on his conflict with life in Los Angeles.
"County, folk and Appalachian strains combine in sweet and sour melancholic tunes, some aided by ex-Dylan fiddle player Scarlet Rivera, that, like the lovely and poignant 'Before the Fall,' mine a rich vein of dusky and affecting Americana." -American Songwriter