Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame

'Promoting fellowship and friendship among all musicians of the Wabash Valley'

Musical History of Mark Bennett

Musical Influences 

Mark grew up listening to his older brother Ted's bands - The XL's and Goliath - rehearse in the family's garage and basement.  Ted wrote a song for the XL's named "Maryjane" that remains a garage band classic worldwide.

Due to that influence, Mark took up playing and songwriting.  Mark has performed his original music, along with rock, folk and hits with his bands

Musical Career

Since 1980, Mark has performed with many bands led by himself and Don Keegan, including Phil Harmonic and the Smooth Raisins, The Civilians, Highway 63 and The People's Front.  They've played festivals, pubs, coffeehouses, parties, wineries and grand openings throughout Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

Memorable Moments

His band recorded Mark's song "She Loves Me the Wabash Way" for the Wabash Valley Art Spaces' "Wabash" album, produced by Don Arney, in 2013.  He played at the Muhammed Ali Center in Louisville, KY, during the Abbey Road on the River festival in 2014.  Mark, Don and Dave Peterson recorded an album of Mark's originals, titled "What You Need" in 2015.

Hall of Fame

Mark was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a part of the Class of 2018.  The Hall of Fame presented Mark with a Certificate of Appreciation in 2017, to thank him for the journalistic support he has given musicians in the Wabash Valley for many years.

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Last update on 16 Mar 2018