Folk / Americana / Country band led by guitarist/vocalist Mark Utley. The starting point for this project is Appalachian folk music; the music it came from, the music it became, and the music it inspired.
Mark is joined by guitarist/harmony vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Jordan Neff, mandolin/harmonica player Bob Lese, lap steel and slide guitarist David Rhodes Brown, harmony vocalists Melissa English and Amber Nash, upright bassist Bob Donisi, and drummer Matt Frazer. This ensemble, christened Magnolia Mountain, is now playing out regularly around the Cincinnati area. Anchored by an acoustic musical core and a strong commitment to vocal harmonies, the band is currently performing Mark's original songs as well as an eclectic selection of covers that range from the Louvin Brothers to Son Volt, from Bill Monroe to the Flying Burrito Brothers, and from Hank Williams, Sr. to the Drive-By Truckers. 2008 and 2009 CEA (Cincinnati Entertainment Awards) Nominee in the category "Folk/Americana"
Mark Utley (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo)
Jordan Neff (harmony vocals, electric guitar, accordion, banjo, piano)
Melissa English (harmony vocals)
Amber Nash (harmony vocals)
David Rhodes Brown (lap steel, slide guitar)
Bob Lese (mandolin, harmonica)
Bob Donisi (upright bass)
Matt Frazer (drums, percussion)