...slow rockin' the coast line

​We are grateful to Deep Sea Wine Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara for having us Sundays last two months. We'll be back again soon as Conway Family Wines prepares to open its' Ventura location.


Also grateful to Clean Slate Wine in Solvang for having us on Fridays from 5-8 pm.  Come and join us!

Also grateful to our friends at Delgados in Carpinteria for having us on Wednesdays from 5 to 8 pm.

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Hey friends, thanks for stopping by!

​As time continues to clip by, every day is blessing to be playing music. I love the travel along the coast; the beach walks, the sun, the ocean air, local food stops in each town. All leading to the joy of playing music for you.

Though I am quite shy at hosting myself in a "showy style" between songs, I am eager to provide music for you as a soul service to enjoy with friends, family, food and drink. I provide three hours of music, usually with no break (except strings!!)  I sing thru a harmonizer to layer my voice at times. I stomp on a home made box to create a kick drum. And I play an acoustic composite guitar for purposes of best handling lots of gigs and coastal weather conditions. And because I'm a baritone as opposed to most tenor voice styles in popular music, I tune down and transpose most songs to a lower key in order to find my voice in the song while also trying to cover it a little different. 

If you see a bass player, it is most probably, Todd Richmond who lays down a wicked smooth fretless acoustic Rob Allen custom bass on the songs. I'm grateful to Todd for joining the Soul Stingers. Also, if you see some percussion, it's likely to be Austin Beede on drums. I'm grateful he has planned to participate with us too! 

We are also trying out different top line players to further develop a band, so you may see other guests on our sets as we roll through gigs in 2022.

Thank you for enjoying the moments with us. Hoping to sting your soul!


~ Mark

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With a subtle and natural approach, vocal guitar stylist Mark David McKinnis, has brought music and people together in over 1900 live settings the last fifteen years. Brunch, happy hours, dinner; 500 solo appearances for dozens of clients on the central west coast of California the last five years. 

Soul Stingers perform acoustic renditions from an extensive list of classic music artists songs; Alman Brothers, Bill Withers, Neal Young, Led Zeppelin,  James Taylor, The Band, The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Otis Redding, Jimmy Buffet, Tom Petty, Van Morrison, Willie Nelson, Yes and more...

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