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Mark Winegar

I'm taking a few days off of playing so my broken pinkie finger can mend.

I've got some new songs that I haven't recorded yet. I get them down on MP3s as soon as I can.

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play hi-fi  Corrina, Corrina (Mandolin) / Traditional
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play hi-fi  Crawdad Song (Guitar) / Traditional
play hi-fi  Fat frog friday night
play hi-fi  Goodnight, Irene / Leadbelly
I'm a singer/songwriter who enjoys covering a good song regardless of where it's been.
Why this name?
I didn't choose it. My parents did.
Do you play live?
I love performing my music. I play in coffee houses, bars, concert halls... I've even played in a few churches. My motto is "have guitar, will travel."
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
The Internet and MP3 files have the potential to free the music industry from the grips of the big corporations. People to listen to music at little or no cost. Independent artists can globally promote their music. It just might trigger the next great age of folk music!
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Of course I would but I wouldn't compromise the integrity of my art for a contract.
Band History:
I started singing with garage bands and in coffee houses back in the late 60's. I stopped in 1973 when I enrolled at Michigan State University. I picked up the guitar to learn a few songs to entertain my grandchildren back in 2001. Since then, I've been playing music every chance I get.

My first exposure to folk music was singing along with Grover Heyn and his 12-string Gibson. It was the late 60's. We'd just walk around town doing our music and being a couple of hippy kids. We eventually opened a coffee house in the basement of the local YWCA in Saint Joseph, MI. We called it Grover's Landing. We didn't make any money at it but we had a lot of fun!
Your influences?
My greatest influences would have to be Eric Clapton, Pete Seeger, and Bob Segar & the Silver Bullet Band.
Favorite spot?
I'm a Pisces and I grew up on the water south of Saint Joseph, MI. I miss the big water so I'd have to say my favorite spot is on the water.
Equipment used:
My guitars are a Martin DM and a Martin J12-16GT. I also play a mandolin from the Mid-Missouri Mandolin Company mandolins and a handmade Native American flute. The flute was a gift from my lovely bride and was handmade by a Lakota friend who lives on the reservation.
Anything else...?
I teach Computer Science at Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota. I'm serve as the President of the Vermillion Area Arts Council in Vermillion, South Dakota. I also host a monthly coffee house at the Washington Street Arts Center in Vermillion, SD.
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