Mark Remmert - Key Boards & Vocals
Mark Remmert hails from Northern California and has been making music most of his life. He started piano-accordion lessons at age 8 and was playing professionally as a solo act by the time he turned 13. In 1976 he was asked to play keyboards for an established 5-piece variety band, "the Crystal Mint." With a hard-working management team and an extremely talented group of young musicians, "the Mint" quickly became one of the most in-demand bands in the San Francisco Bay Area for weddings and private parties. "Growing up in the Bay Area in the '60's and '70's, I was exposed to a lot of great music," Mark remembers."My parents were always playing records by Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Herb Alpert, Frank Sinatra and other great singers. The older kids on my block listened to The Beatles, Chicago, Grand Funk, Santana, and that incredible music of Motown. I loved ALL of it!" Mark says that as a teenager, he had a split personality. "I was making a good living playing standards and soft rock on weekends, and spending every spare moment rocking out to Black Sabbath, UFO, and Ted Nugent. It's why I play like I do. I didn't listen to piano players....I stole licks from guys like Michael Schenker and Tony Iommi--not Billy Joel or Elton John." In the early '80's, Mark and guitarist/vocalist Lance Morris left "the Crystal Mint" to form "The Move", a 5-piece Top-40 band featuring female vocalist Keri Rodrigues. With more of a dance-music focus, "The Move" played local clubs and the hotel lounge circuit, along with plenty of private parties. Mark moved to San Antonio, Texas in January of 1987, and after a chance meeting at a Century Music store 10 months later, played his first Jay Eric gig at the Blue Bonnet Palace. "I didn't know George Strait from George Blanda from George Bush back then," he recalls. "I thought the boys played the same song for 4 hours. But the place was packed, the band was good, and the crowd was having a blast! After the show, a couple of the guys said "OK we know you can play, but now you need to learn WHAT to play. They gave me a Ray Price Greatest Hits cassette. That weekend I fell in love with rhythm and with Country Music." This October will mark 24 years as a member of the Blieder's Creek Band. "Playing with Jay, Matt and the guys really changed my life. I've been places, seen things and done things I never would have had it not been for the band. I wouldn't change a thing.......well....almost!" Mark has also played keyboards for several other bands in the area, including The Nick Lawrence Band, John Christopher Way, The River City Kings, and the late Rodney Warner & the Blues Express. Mark currently lives in San Antonio with his wife, Debbie, and their son Jeff. At 17, Jeff is already working as a solo guitarist/vocalist. He has performed at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo's BBQ Cook-off, and has been the opening act for Jay Eric, and has played Floore's Country Store on 2 occasions with the Nick Lawrence Band.