Mark Salyers is, among other things, a music enthusiast. Over the years, Mark has studied guitar with several influential instructors: Rebecca Miller, Lawrence Green, Guy Go Lightly, Billy Phillips, Mario DaSilva, and Jay Scott. He founded the East Junction Band in Knoxville TN, and the Coyote Blue Band in Nashville TN.
Mark’s interest in music was fostered by his parents. It all started when he was a kid, the day that he and his sisters discovered their parents’ record collection of old 45s in a butter churn tucked away in the corner of a bedroom closet. Mark loved listening to Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, and Chuck Berry on the small record player that his parents bought for him and his sisters.
At a young age, Mark briefly took piano lessons. He studied the violin for four years, playing in his 5th through 8th grade elementary and middle school orchestras led by Michael Trowbridge.
One afternoon at the age of 14, Mark heard what he now refers to as “music to his ears” – an electric guitar. When a neighborhood friend, Shawn Miller, strummed a few chords on his guitar, he thought it was the coolest thing in the world. His interest in the guitar was further fueled when he heard another neighborhood guitar hero, Russell Brown, “rockin’ out!” That summer, Mark took guitar lessons and mastered “Country Roads” on his father’s late 60s Silvertone flattop acoustic guitar. Later that year, he bought his first guitar at a yard sale for $50.
Now years later, Mark continues to enjoy music as an adult, and he appreciates a good song with a great guitar part. These days he enjoys listening to a wide range of music from blues, rock, and funk – to country, bluegrass, jazz, and classical. Some of Mark’s favorite guitarists are Chuck Berry, B.B. King, Freddie King, Albert King, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Johnson, Joe Bonamassa, Brent Mason, Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, Dan Tyminski, Wes Montgomery, Lee Ritenour, Al Di Meola, Eliades Ochoa, Joao Gilberto, Paco De Lucia, and Andres Segovia.