Mark was raised in the Chicago suburbs where he began playing guitar at age 10. His younger brother Jim and a friend named BC also played guitar and sang, and together they spent many hours learning as many songs as they could, learning chord structures, lead riffs, finger picking, and 3-part harmonies.
In 1984 Mark applied and auditioned for Lutheran Youth Encouner and was accepted onto a youth ministry team called "Covenant". Mark toured the great lakes region of the United States for about a year playing concerts and doing youth ministry work. That year Covenant played over 200 concerts!
Once the tour was over, Mark worked a few odd jobs and ended up in Florida where he met his wife Angela. They moved around a bit before settling in Tennessee where they have lived for 18 years.
Now that his 3 kids have grown up, Mark has found some opportunities to play again, Mark's Band "Tastes Like Chicken" performs the kind of driving blues/rock music that gets people up and dancing! Click here to book Mark for your special event!
In the words of B.J. Thomas:
"Music is a universal language".
It has been Mark's experience that when blessed with the gift of music, it is best to use it as a positive influence to bring people together and help them to temporarily overlook their differences, and bring some joy into their lives!
THAT is his mission.
Growing up in the Chicago area, Mark was exposed to lots of blues and rock guitarists. Some of his biggest influences were Phil Keaggy, Larry Carlton, Eric Clapton, and Joe Walsh, As time progressed, Mark spent more time listening and learning from blues artists like B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Lonnie Brooks, Buddy Guy and Joe Bonamassa.
Mark's band plays music by all of these artists plus classics from The Doobie Bros, Bad Company, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Blues Bros, Fleetwood Mac and many other classic rock bands from the 70s and early 80s.
Mark Seekamp highlights from Doug Lawler Band show in Albany, NY
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