|Mark and Cindy DeGroft have
been making music together since they first
met over 30 years ago, evolving from a flute/guitar duo to a fun,
rocking band when the occasion calls for it.
There isn’t a single definition for their music, or a genre label to describe the kinds of songs that Cindy writes. She creates a wonderful synergy of provocative songs that are both captivating and take you for a ride, be it blues, Americana, folk, country, goofy, or painfully true, her lyrics are riveting. Her voice is liquid, emotive, and smooth; her phrasing unique.
Mark’s guitar playing tastefully frames Cindy’s songs in a rhythmic, evocative style, from thoughtful and melodious to biting, intense, and passionate dynamics that help the music soar.
The combination of Mark’s guitar and Cindy’s songs creates a compelling partnership that draws you into their passion, whether poignant, tender, or humorous. Audiences have described their music as:
“Authentic, sincere, soulful, haunting, and sophisticated.”
“Charming, nostalgic, and original.”
Mark’s guitar leads are “inspired...bringing out his best.”
|Friend and fine musician Sam
Cuenca compared Mark’s accompaniment to
“putting music to a brilliant math equation, Denny Diaz meets Albert
“Soaring melodies, heartfelt lyrics, and keen musical intelligence.”
Cindy’s background started with classical music, piano, flute, bass violin, and later guitar, oud, and fiddle. A spark was ignited early from her dad’s passion for classical music, and grandparents who played and sang the soulful music of the cotton fields of Oklahoma.
She began performing originals in the ’80s with husband Mark, and Sylvia Welke, playing together as the trio “Home Cooking”. They produced the Honky Tonk Women’s Shows in Mt. Shasta, and were regulars at restaurants, coffee houses, and community events in Siskiyou county before moving to southern Oregon.
|Mark grew up in the SF Bay
area, starting off with drums in school and
early garage bands, shifting his passion to guitar and anything with
strings attached. He explored all kinds of music, playing everything
from EST parties in Marin County to straight-ahead rock-n-roll during
college years. He once brought the sidewalk traffic to a standstill
outside of the legendary Leo’s Music in Oakland. He considers himself
lucky to have heard some of the greats in San Francisco in the ’60s.
Mark & Cindy have been part of the annual Rogue Valley Blues Festival, this past year having the pleasure of playing opening night, sharing the stage with Gary Wade, Chuck Yates, Hawkeye Herman, and Eden Brent.
They played regularly at T’s in Ashland until taking a break to focus on recording.