Mark Leadon was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota but grew up in San Diego, California, and later in Gainesville, Florida where he graduated from the University of Florida. His older brothers Bernie Leadon and Tom Leadon taught him guitar and banjo and greatly influenced his musical education and direction. Bernie is best known as an original member of the Eagles, and played in the Flying Burrito Brothers, Dillard & Clark, with Linda Ronstadt, Gram Parsons, Emmy Lou Harris, and many others. Tom played with Tom Petty and Mike Campbell in a Gainesville band called Mudcrutch, then played with Johnny Rivers, Linda Ronstadt, Silver, and others in L.A. Mark began playing and recording with bands in Gainesville. After he finished college, he moved to Tallahassee, Florida to do engineering work. Mark spent most of his free time playing music in country-rock and bluegrass bands and writing songs. He released his first CD of original songs, mark leadon blue & lonesome, in 2001 which featured his bluegrass band Blue & Lonesome. Mark released his second solo CD, Borderlines, in April of 2004 which contains 11 original songs and one by his sister Monica. Borderlines features Mark on guitar, banjo, dobro, bass and vocals on tracks mixing bluegrass, country, rock, and blues influences. The Borderlines sound has been likened to early Eagles, Flying Burrito Brothers, Dillard & Clark, Byrds, Neil Young, and Grateful Dead (Workingman's Dead era). Bernie, Tom, and Monica appear on the CD as well as several other veteran guest musicians. Mark spent considerable time in Nashville working on Borderlines with Grammy-winning co-producer, Robert Battaglia (Bela Fleck, others). Mark is currently playing with his band Mountain Road, as well as, performing other solo gigs primarily in the Tallahassee and Gainesville regions of Florida while continuing his song writing and recording.
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