Mark was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas and grew up in Mesa, AZ. He went to high school in Houston, TX. and received a Bachelor of Music Degree from Boise State University. After graduating he became an Associate Professor at Boise State and the College of Idaho teaching guitar. He returned to Arizona in 1988, and began performing at Tortilla Flat in 1997 in the daytime during the winter for seventeen years, where he began telling jokes between songs. He performed at the Barleen's Arizona Opry in the evenings from 2005-2014, then formed The Rhythm Cats in 2015, playing at the Gold Canyon Golf Resort in Apache Junction, AZ. with George Staerkel. In January 2016 The Rhythm Cats began playing at the Silver Star Theater in Mesa. In December of 2017 George passed away and Mark took over as music director of the Silver Star from 2017 through the 2019 season. "Now we are at Apache Wells and loving it." "We are so fortunate to still be able to do what we love and have others show up and enjoy it too! " Mark's wife Tami developed and maintains The Rhythm Cats website and oversees reservations and customer service.
Ed began playing music at the early age of nine in New York. After trying several instruments and hearing The Ventures song “Hawaii Five O.” He knew the drums were for him. Ed is well educated in several styles of music, his favorite is Country. His parents moved to Arizona when Ed was starting high school. Immediately Ed began playing with local rock and country bands.
He Joined The Mark Lucas Band in the early 90’s and has been performing with the band on and off for the last 30 years. For the last 5 years Ed has been a permanent member of The Rhythm Cats performing 120 - 130 shows a season at the Silver Star Theater in Mesa.
During his career as a drummer Ed has played behind many many big name people. Too many to list them all but some of the more memorable ones were with CMA Hall of Famer Hank Thomson, Grammy award winner and country Music Hall of Famer Lynn Anderson. performance with the Drifters for the Jerry Lewis Telethon and opened shows for Willie Nelson, Jerry Reed, Gene Watson, Asleep at the Wheel, Mark Chesnutt, Joe Diffie, Kentucky Head Hunters, Little Texas, Steve Wariner, Eddy Raven, Chris LeDoux, Aaron Tippin, Lionel Cartwright and many more.
In recent years Ed has played the 2016 farewell tour of Japan with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Nokie Edwards of the Ventures along with JD Hoag.
Jeff grew up in St. Louis, went to Catholic school and got a stern education from the Nuns there. He thought, I've got to get out of here and join a rock band. After playing in several local bands he landed a gig with a band that did all original music called Pavlov's Dog. The band had a record deal but saw limited success. After riding that wave as long as he could, Jeff took off on down the road playing in several bands, backing recording artists as well as his own. After a stint in Nashville, he decided he needed a tan and ended up in Arizona! He has since been a very 'in demand' musician in the valley. If Jeff can't rock 'em, they can't be rocked!!!