Mark Rader grew up in a musical family in southwestern Ohio. An excellent lead guitar player and singer, he worked with the Traditional Grass through their entire existence, from 1983 to 1995. He had worked previously with the Walker Street Band in Cincinnati, from 1979 to 1981. Rader did quite a bit of songwriting for the Traditional Grass, including “The Blues Are Still the Blues” and “This Love of Ours.” He soloed on some fine Jimmie Rodgers songs like “Jimmie’s Texas Blues” and “My Old Pal,” as well as duets with Joe Mullins on the Delmore Brothers’ songs “Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar” and “Weary Lonesome Blues,” and old-time country songs: “Lover’s Quarrel” and “She Has Forgotten.” After the Traditional Grass broke up, Mark ceased to perform professionally.

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