Mark Lehi (aka, Buckethead) Jones was born naked and illiterate at an early age into a family of musicians in a very small Southern Utah town. Forced piano lessons starting in kindergarten didn’t bode well with the energetic, spasmodic youth. Ritalin was not available then, but hours and hours of jumping on the trampoline must have properly rearranged his brain cells and imparted a sense of rhythm to the budding musician. Starting with the cello, then the electric and upright bass, holding down the low end was his passion for many years – until the movie O’ Brother, Where Art Thou came out and awakened a dormant intrigue for a form of music that the formerly high brow, jazz and classically trained musician could not resist. Immediately after hearing the Soggy Bottom Boys’ rendition of Man of Constant Sorrow, Mark went out and bought a banjo, put down the bass, and started the journey of 10,000 hours of practice to attempt to master this new instrument.
Mark’s musical passions include, among many, singing with Rut and Joey to create the signature DejaBlue vocal sound, and pushing the boundaries of what type of music can be played on bluegrass instruments.