Mark Appleford - Lead Vocals, Harmonica & Rhythm Guitar
Born November 25th, 1971 in Royal Oak, Michigan-the youngest of six children in a very musical household. Mark began singing & acting in musicals & plays in grade school in Monterey, Virginia and later in middle school in the Waynesboro/Stuarts Draft area of Virginia. Mark formed his first band, "Temper", with high school friends in Virginia before graduating. Then it was off to Athens, Georgia to study philosophy at The University of Georgia in the fall of 1989. While there, Mark developed a taste for blues & folk music & began accompanying his guitar playing & singing by playing harmonica "in the rack" (in the style of Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Neil Young). At band parties, he’d jump onstage & play harmonica with any band that would let him. After earning a philosophy degree from UGA, Mark moved to Knoxville, Tennessee in January 1994 & soon thereafter joined the horn-driven electric blues/r&b/jazz band "Slow Blind Hill". In spring of 1995, Mark took a "working vacation" to Key West, Florida-playing solo shows & gigging with "The Free Beer Band". In 1996, it was back to Tennessee and "Slow Blind Hill". The band released their first CD in 1997. Around this time, Mark joined the Knoxville funky rock band "Groove Taxi", playing rhythm guitar & harmonica on gigs & recordings. "Slow Blind Hill" released their 2nd CD in 1999 & continued gigging. Mark began sitting in on harmonica with Knoxville’s "Cheryl Renee’s Blues Band", playing with them when they opened for the band "Roomful Of Blues". In 2001, Mark began focusing solely on original material-teaming up with Knoxville multi-instrumentalist Rich Adlin. In fall 2001, "Adlin & Appleford" released their first CD, "Jaundice Bitters". Tunes from the CD received airplay on select NPR stations like WNCW in Spindale, North Carolina (& even a radio station based in Bree, Belguim!) & garnered great reviews from the folk magazine "Dirty Linen" & music papers like "The Independent Weekly". Feeling the traveling jones once again, Mark moved to the Northern Virginia/ D.C. area in late fall of 2001 & took a day job selling harmonicas & teaching harmonica lessons at Mars Music in Springfield, Virginia. On weekends, Mark was frontman for area bands "The Dirtfarmers" & "Drivin’ Blind". In 2002, Mark joined the Maryland-based rock & country band "Ashley Marie & Family"-playing bars & nightclubs in Maryland, West Virginia, Northern Virginia & Pennsylvania. The band was picked out of several thousand bands in the area to play in a prestigious concert series at the U.S. Pentagon in October of 2002 - honoring the victims of The September 11th, 2001 tragedy, the Pentagon employees & their families. As a token of appreciation for playing the concert, each band member received a piece of the limestone wall from the Pentagon building where the plane hit on 9/11. Mark moved to Staunton, Virginia in 2003 & released his first solo CD "Manchild" while opening shows for roots/rock/improv. band "Makia Groove". In May of that year, Mark had the good fortune to be picked as the opening act for legendary Greenwich Village folkie David Bromberg & His Big Band at the Birchmere Music Hall in Alexandria, Virginia. Mark played guitar, harmonica & sang in Staunton groups "The Night Owls", "Pocketful Of Change"& "Mint Condition" in addition the playing solo shows & performing as part of Staunton’s "Fortune-Williams Music Festival" in the fall of 2003. In October of 2004, Mark moved to Asheville, North Carolina & soon thereafter hooked up with the Atlanta, Georgia-based rock band "Radio Theory". Mark toured with the band on weekends, playing bars & nightclubs in Georgia, North & South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee & Florida. In 2005, he began finishing up the rest of his original tunes for the 2nd "Adlin & Appleford" CD & formed the Asheville bluesy rock band "yer dawg" & continued opening shows for friends "Makia Groove" (now based in Black Mountain, North Carolina). The band "yer dawg" morphed into the present-day band "Locomotive Pie" with the addition of bass-playing California transplant Jim Boyer. "Locomotive Pie" released their first CD, "12 Live Slices" in December of 2005 & have begun playing bars & nightclubs in & around the Asheville area. Their music is receiving airplay on WNCW’s "Local Color" radio show. The 2nd CD from "Adlin & Appleford"- "All Over The Place" was released in June of 2006. Check it out at http://www.adlinappleford.com "Locomotive Pie" is busy working on a CD of all-original material, due out later this year.
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