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Popular guitarist returns to Kingsport for concert

February 7th, 2014 12:00 pm by Staff Report

Popular guitarist returns to Kingsport for concert

Mark Kroos has released two full-length instrumental guitar albums: “Down Along the Lines of Joy” (2012) and “And Grace Will Lead Me Home” (2010). Contributed photo


KINGSPORT — Back by popular demand, Mark Kroos will bring his double-necked guitar for a concert Sunday in Kingsport.

Kroos will perform at 6 p.m., Sunday in the fellowship hall at First Broad Street United Methodist Church, Church Circle. Admission is free. A love offering will be received.

In July 2011, Kroos competed in Guitar Player Magazine’s International Guitar Superstar Competition in Nashville for host Larry Carlton and renowned judges Muriel Anderson, Reeves Gabrels and Carl Verheyen. He took first place out of five invited competitors and thousands of others who had submitted online.

Kroos has since shared the stage with guitarists Mike Stern, Lee Ritenour, Phil Keaggy and Stanley Jordan among others during his past four years of extensive touring through the U.S. and Canada.

He released his debut DVD, “Music Videos and Live Studio Performances” last fall. The DVD includes 16 videos of Kroos’ original arrangements. He has also released two full-length instrumental guitar albums: “Down Along the Lines of Joy” (2012) and “And Grace Will Lead Me Home” (2010) as well as a four-track vocal EP titled “The Sound of Snow” (2011).

Kroos’ touring began in May 2010 when he embarked on a sparsely booked road trip, giving up his apartment in Williamsburg to play coffee shops and bars, relying on donations, human kindness and the grace of God. This road trip blossomed into a yearlong concert tour filled with performances, clinics and a multitude of new friends. While still on the road more often than not, Kroos has reclaimed a place of residence and occasionally takes breaks for writing, arranging and recording.

Kroos attended Bowling Green State University’s school of music from 2004-2006, majoring in jazz studies and guitar performance, studying under Chris Buzzelli and Matthew Ardizzone. He developed a greater understanding of the instrument and improved his technique immensely but also found that his ability was lacking in the jazz idiom and left the music school to tour with his ska/punk band, The Argonauts.

When the band stopped playing regularly in 2009, Mark began teaching and picked up the acoustic guitar. A whole lot of writing, practicing and two guitar necks later there was the musical madness that is Mark Kroos.

In March 2013, his “Dueling Banjos” video exploded on YouTube presenting many new performance opportunities. Kroos continues to tour throughout most of the year, giving concerts primarily in churches, schools, music stores and theaters.

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