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THE ORIGIN STORY
1989 - 1991


In the summer of 1989 we were approached by our good friend Mark Most with an opportunity.
His family is from Fairmount, Indiana; the birth place of James Dean.
He explained each year the city shuts down for a weekend and hosts a car show.
They also bring in Rock & Roll acts from the era. Mark suggested that we open for one of them.
AWESOME!! We put a band together and prepared for our first show.

We gathered a few musicians who wanted to make the trip from New England to the heartland.
The Musicians were
vocals "Mark Trail": Mark Most
guitar "Jeffrey Ray Joe Bob": Jeff Gauthier
guitar "Danny M": Dan Moraski
bass "Carl Gherkins": Mark Kolnicki
drums "Squid": Mike Gullekson

The band name "Mark Trail and the Skid Marks" was born. 
We opened that year for Freddie Cannon and were hooked.
When we came back to New England we brought the music & the band back with us.

 

THINGS CHANGE
1991 - 1999


We played mostly in the clubs locally for a couple years as "Mark & the Skid Marks until Mark Most decided to move back to Indiana in 1991. At the same time, Squid decided to move out to Colorado. It seemed like we might be done. 

Yet, James Dean kept pulling us back. Over the next few years  we found ourselves meeting in Fairmount during the Car Show multiple times and played an occasional event party. During these trips, Ricky Pierce began to fill in for Squid on drums.

The decade came to and end as Jeff, Mark K and Squid played the main stage without
Mark Most.  Mark Most was performing after the Skids in his band "Surrender Dorothy"
and playing in both bands was too much. 
 This turned out to be the first performance of "The Skid Marks";
dropping the "Mark &" from the name.

 

REFORMED
2001 - 2003


In 2000 a movie about James Dean came on television. The movie did not portray him in a favorable light
Mark Most wanted to honor him better with a song. He penned the lyrics to "Where Cool Was Born"
and sent them to Jeff to put it to music. The idea was to record it and sell it at the car show.
So Jeff, Mark K & Mark M got busy writing tunes and in short time had a full CD of original music.

We talked Squid into coming to town to add drums and the band was back together!
In 2001 "Mark & The Skid Marks hit the main stage again. The song "Where Cool Was Born" was
used as the lead song on the event video. We returned for the next few years and
were honored to open for acts such as The Comets, Mark Lyndsey and Gary Lewis.

Back in New England the band began to perform without Mark Most on vocals since he remained
to reside in Indiana.  During this period, we dropped the white t-shirt & windbreaker look, traveled 
to Cape Cod for a couple years to play and began the jacket and tie look we still use today.

 

NEW MEMBERS
2004 - 2012


In 2003 Squid again moved back to Colorado and Danny M
joined the Elton John tribute band "Bennie & The Jets". 
This marked the big change in our lineup.  
We brought back Ricky on drums, added a new guitarist
and a saxaphone player. New stage names for the members were created.

The new lineup was:
vocals & guitar "Jelvis": Jeff Gauthier
vocals & bass "Mark McLennon": Mark Kolnicki
vocals & drums "Buddy Rick": Ricky Pierce
vocals & guitar "Joel Lee Lewis": Joel Wilson
vocals, Sax, & Keys "Chubby Chet Kurr": Chet Kurr

During this time we got real busy, playing at least a couple shows every month.
We began the yearly tradition of playing the weekends at New England's largest fair: "The Big E".
We began to play at the Chalet almost monthly. We played for the Doo Wop Society, appeared on local television, giged at clubs such as The Ivanhoe, Geraldines and Icabods.

 

 

NOTHING STAYS THE SAME
2013-2018


As time moved on so did the lineup.
Joel moved on to begin his successful Motorhead tribute band "Bomber"  
This led to our next vocalist/guitarist "Slim Perkins": Mark Rege

A dance group partnered with us and we went on stage as the band in
"The Sammy Swing Show". After that we wrote a two act play about the
origins of Rock "n" Roll called "Rocket 88" and also brought that to stage.
Still, local shows such as the Good Guys car show,  Palmer Nostalgia Days, 
the Westover Air Show, the Apple Festival and the Big E filled our calendar each year.

In 2015 we filmed the pilot show for "Live At Storrowton" mixing some covers with our
original compositions.  In 2016 we have our 25th Anniversary Jamboree show
and bring back Dan Moraski to the stage under his new stage name "Dan 'N Dean" . 

We continued to gig until health issues began to get in the way. 
Chet moved on to start his solo show called "Class Act".  To play our shows, 
we relied on a select few musicians to fill in when one of us was unable to perform.
Mark Germana was added on keyboards and we started to use legendary
guitarist Gerry Moss ("Mossy Waters") as a fill in when either Slim or Jeff couldn't perform.
Still, 2017 brought on some more personal difficulties and we found
ourselves doing only a handful of shows. It ws beginning to feel like it might be over.

 

CAN'T KEEP A GOOD BAND DOWN
2019 - present

In 2019 we released our second all original music compilation "In The Snow".
As the year went on first Buddy Rick retired, so we
added a permanant new drummer "Fluke Fontana": Gary Hebert.
In October Slim Perkins played his last show and left the band. 
 
Still, the health bug hit us when Gary had shoulder surgery at the end of 2019

But don't fret!  The band reformed yet again and went back out on the road.

The 2020 line up


At the end of 2019,  Jelvis performed at the Big E solo and
it was feeling like the band might have been done.

But we get a shot in the arm with some new members:
Karen joins the band on keyoards along with J.T. on drums & Mike on guitar.
This gives us renewed energy and we re-emerged with a new lineup:
 
vocals & guitar: "Jelvis" - Jeff Gauthier
vocals & bass: "Mark McLennon" - Mark Kolnicki
vocals & keyboard: "Joni Joplin" - Karen Pinsonnault
guitar: "Tex Campbell"  Mike Slahetka
vocals & drums: "Bingo Mars" - J.T. Mckenna

 

Gary's surgery was successful and he returns back into the line up in February 2020.
Then tragedy hit when our alumni Joel Wilson  passed away.
The band reunited and performed at a benefit show with 
Slim, Buddy, Chubby Chet, Dan, Joni, Jelvis and Mark;
and Buddy Rick decided to get back into the band!
This time, however, he will be playing up front on guitar.

The current show personnel now is

vocals & guitar: "Jelvis" - Jeff Gauthier
vocals & bass: "Mark McLennon" - Mark Kolnicki
vocals, & guitar: "Buddy Rick" - Ricky Pierce
vocals & keyboard: "Joni Joplin" - Karen Pinsonnault
drums: "Fluke Fontana" - Gary Hebert

AND THE SHOW GOES ON!


 

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