John Mark Batchelor

John Mark Batchelor, a self-taught banjo and guitar picker from Back Swamp, North Carolina, has been playing for about 12 years. He has a strong musical family background in southern gospel music, and played for Avery County, Roby Huffman and the Bluegrass Cutups, Marshall Stephenson and the Bluegrass Train, and New River Gospel Before going on the road with Audie Blaylock and Redline and then Mike Cleveland and Flamekeeper (the now four time IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year…of which John Mark was winner of two of those awards) ……He has recorded at the world famous recording studio “Hilltop” in Nashville TN and has an album out with Flamekeeper “Leavin Town” that peaked at #4 in the World Bluegrass Charts. John Mark has been inspired by the greats — Jimmy Martin, Earl Scruggs, Kenny Ingram, and J.D. Crowe. Contact John Mark directly at For clips on my style of playing and lessons go to my Facebook page! Bless ya!