He's a son of the south, but Mark's musical 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 of which have left their lasting impressions. Mark's musical style has been described as true Southern Americana, and yet it is so much more.
Mark's balance as an artist, musician, songwriter and entertainer can be seen in both his songwriting and in his performances. As a songwriter he shows a sensibility in touch with both the present and the past. 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. His engaging style connects him to his audience, whether it's on a large festival stage, or in an intimate club, listening room or coffee house.
In addition to his own performing and songwriting, he is the annual host of the MerleFest Band Competition and co-host of MerleFest's Chris Austin Songwriting Contest. He has also recently been appointed to the board of the Lloyd Johnson Foundation, with the goal of providing educational and career opportunities for Western North Carolina musicians and songwriters.