Musical Profile

Mark's musical style has been described as pure Southern Americana, and yet it is so much more. His influences span the American landscape and beyond. From the traditional sounds of the Appalachian mountains to the west coast country and folk rock sounds of the 60's & 70's, from Tin Pan Alley, to the rockin' blues of the deep south, all have left their lasting impressions and are ever present in his work both as a performer and a songwriter.

As a songwriter Mark shows a sensibility in touch with both the past and present. Lyrically and musically he draws from classic themes and tones that resonate as much today as ever before. Live, his dynamic delivery as a vocalist and guitarist are a combination of both power and subtlety, blending original material, obscure finds, and classic gems delivered with his own unique touch. Mark's engaging style connects him to his audience, whether it's on a large festival stage or in an intimate listening room.

In addition to his performing and songwriting, Mark is also the annual host of the MerleFest Band Competition and co-host of MerleFest's Chris Austin Songwriting Contest.