Mark McKinney. born and raised in Big Spring. TX. distinguishes himself from the typical "rockin' country" artist by drawing from a wide range of influences. He credits his father for instilling in him an appreciation for upbeat. energetic songs. He blends his musical tastes as easily as drinking beer and eating barbecue. and he admits to a diverse musical background. "Although I grew up listening to country legends like Willie Nelson and Charlie Daniels. I was also heavily influenced by rock and pop." This blend of influences has helped secure Mark a unique place in the country music/southern rock scene- and helped keep him from getting boxed into one genre.
Since 2005, Hill Country Jane have been steadily gaining momentum on the Texas Music scene. Starting out as an acoustic trio in Austin, and now based in their hometown of Houston, Hill Country Jane has evolved into something a little different than most of what you'll hear coming out of Southeast Texas these days.