Artists Bios

Mark Utter

Marc Utter

Marc Utter was conceived during the Summer of Love in New York, and born in the winter of responsibility in the San Francisco Bay area. Moved to Abilene, Texas as an infant, he learned to sing in the a cappella tradition of of the Church of Christ where his father led the congregation’s singing. At 8 years old he played the lead role in the musical, Oliver! In high school he started a band, and in college in North Texas he played in bands and wrote songs before eventually settling in Austin.

Marc’s groundbreaking alt country The Good Medicine Band opened for The Dixie Chicks, Joe Ely, The Flatlanders, and Junior Brown, and Marc was an opening act for the Grateful Dead in 1992. His band members of Ivory Ghost were Austin music scene stalwarts for years playing their brand of Afro-groove and Latin infused world music. His solo career includes release of the critically acclaimed “The Blackland” recorded in his converted barn studio near Coupland, Texas.

Marc has worked extensively with Austin heavyweights, Will Taylor & Strings Attached, and now spends much of his time in Terlingua, Texas where he is building vacation rental/retreat/recording facilities with his partners Shakey Graves and Shakey’s father David Rose (also a singer/songwriter). Venture into the Ghost Town and you are likely to catch Marc at the infamous Starlight Theatre.

Will Taylor & Strings Attached

Will Taylor, master arranger, composer, and viola, violin, guitar, and piano player, and 21 year veteran of the Austin Opera has led the phenomenal Strings Attached on collaborations with Shawn Colvin, Sara Hickman, Jimmy LaFave, Dar Williams,  Darden Smith, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Ian Moore, Patrice Pike, Abra Moore, Pearl Jam for their Austin City Limits taping, and many others. His local shows and residencies (lately at Austin's The Townsend) include a hosts of Austin's finest performers, and always evolve into a crescendo of sensational sound.