Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mark Nesmith spent years fronting the successful Dallas based bands Hackberry Road and Lone Star Republic. He logged hundreds of gigs and thousands of miles performing throughout TX, OK, LA, AR, and KS. After moving back to SETX he’s continued performing across the South as a solo artist along with the bands Melon Jelly, Courtney Hale Revia and Rustic Bird, Better Days, Johnny Riley, Chris Bergeron and County Line, Joe Mendoza and the Shuffle Kings, Barstool Ministry, and more. He’s played countless venues large and small, from restaurants , smoky dive bars and house parties to the Dallas House of Blues, the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington, the famous Stagecoach Ballroom in Fort Worth, the historic Jefferson Theater in Beaumont, La Belle's 7 Oaks Event Garden, the Redbird Listening Room in the Texas Hill Country, and Remington Park Casino in Oklahoma City.
His songs are a melting pot of the styles he’s played over the years, a musical gumbo of folk rock and Americana with a soulful, bluesy vibe. His music has been heard on FNTX Radio, Cellblock Radio, KNON 89.3, the Fox 4 King of the Road Show, SETX Live, and more. Mark was recently interviewed by Bob and Kelli Phillips and featured on an episode of the syndicated television show Texas Country Reporter. He’s even jammed with rocker Rick Derringer’s band and opened for country music legend Crystal Gale.
An accomplished artist as well as a musician, Mark graduated from Lamar University in 1998 with a BFA in Studio Art. Mark’s paintings have been included in exhibitions at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, the Museum of East Texas, the Dishman Art Museum, the Texas Artists Museum, and the Mesquite Arts Center. He has shown in galleries throughout the US and has appeared in American Art Collector Magazine, Art Reveal Magazine, the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, Empty Easel, Issue, the Lamar University Press, The Local Magazine, Professional Artist Magazine, VIP Magazine, and more. Mark’s artwork is included in collections in more than thirty states throughout the USA including the Dishman Art Museum, Duke University, Grant Thornton LLP, The Honorable Ron Clark, Chief Judge U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, and the Lone Survivor Foundation. He is represented by Dab Art in Los Angeles, CA and Bisong Gallery in Houston, TX.