mark krider bio
Mark was born and raised in the hills of western North Carolina, surrounded by some of the best Bluegrass music ever made. One of his heroes, Doc Watson, lived nearby. He has been playing the banjo and guitar since he was very young and has become an expert at the three-finger Scruggs style of picking. Along with Earl Scruggs, his music is also influenced Sonny Osborne, J.D. Crowe and Raymond Fairchild. Mark actually picks an Osborne Chief Banjo, #10, which he bought from Sonny years ago. He is also quite an accomplished finger-picker on the guitar. Mark lends baritone vocals to the band as well.
Over the years Mark has performed at music festivals, competitions and special events with his original band, Radio Dispatch, which included several of his family members. They were invited to perform at events with lineups including the likes of The Osborne Brothers, Country Gentlemen, The Lewis Family, Nashville Bluegrass Band and others.
Having lived in Appalachia all his life, Mark's decision to transplant himself to Arizona came as quite a shock to many who knew him. Mark and his wife, Sue, came to Tucson in early 2011 looking for a change. Mark immediately went in search of the local Bluegrass community. He always wanted to start another band, and eventually met up with the other founding members of Scattered Grass whose interests fit well with his.
Mark does still have a day job (much to his dismay), and also gives private banjo and guitar lessons.
For information about lessons, email Mark at email@example.com, or call 520-609-6365