Mark Nicholson grew up in the Appalaichian of western Virginia. Surrounded by music from the Stanley Brothers to The Rolling Stones, it wasn’t long before Mark was singing, playing guitar and writing songs. Mark gained a loyal regional following as the guitarist Roanoke Virginia favorite The Dead Reckoning. He also played in The Roanoke based jamband Sol Searchers, and has shared the stage with The Marcus King Band, Travers Brothership, The Big Something and Moe.

Mark teamed up with former Calf Mountain Jam bandmate Justin Shifflett in 2019 to form Mark Nicholson and The Distance, with organist Neill Bartley and bassist Blanks Blankenship. While only together for a short period of time, The Distance brings considerable musical experience to the table.



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