Pedal Steel Guitarist
Pedal Steel guitarist Mark O’Boyle recently returned to Montana, permanently. Mark previously played in bands with Buck Buchanan and Mike Gillan in the late 1990’s. The pull of honky-tonk music, renewing old friendships, fly-fishing, and fly tying, prompted a hasty retreat to the town of Manhattan.
Mark taught himself the steel guitar, wearing out vinyl records, and playing in the Detroit and Ann Arbor Michigan area. He started playing drums and guitar in his teens, and was drawn to the pedal steel after hearing Buddy Cage, Bobby Black, Jerry Garcia, Sneaky Pete and Rusty Young to name a few. He learned and shared with other steel guitar players such as: Carmen Acciaioli, (Michael Martin Murphy) Jerry Hendrix, (Buck Owens) and Robbie Daniels.
Mark had the privilege of performing with Ernest Tubb & the Texas Troubadours, Jack Mollette, Bill Kirchen of Commander Cody, Joe Henry, and rockabilly original Sleepy LaBeef. Mark also played with Ann Arbor’s finest: George Bedard, and Pete Ferguson, opening for Merle Haggard, Johnny Paycheck, and Ronnie Milsap.
The road to Twang involved many twists and turns. Somewhere in the mix Mark managed to work for 29 years as a teacher and a counselor in the Ann Arbor Public Schools. He retired 2017.
Marks other interests are soaring in gliders, achieving a Silver Badge for altitude, time aloft, and distance in 2013. Mark is glad to be back in the saddle with Montana’s own .