Mark Petersen

Mark Petersen (1959 -) is a singer-songwriter originally from Nisswa, Minnesota, a village located approximately 135 miles north-northwest of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, in the Brainerd Lakes area. He is known nationally as the writer of several country chart hits, including the Sammy Kershaw top 5 hit "Cadillac Style", Sammy's number one smash "I Can't Reach Her Anymore" (co-written with fellow Minnesotan Bruce Theien), and Tim McGraw's "Refried Dreams" (co-written with Jim Foster, a songwriter from Bandera Texas, and co-writer of Meet In The Middle" by Diamond Rio, and the title cut and second release from Sammy Kershaw's first album "Don't Go Near The Water")

Mark was raised in a musical family. His aunts formed a group called "The Petersen Sisters", who performed for area dances in the 1950s, and provided the inspiration for him to pick up the bass and guitar. He played alto saxophone in his elementary School band, and switched to tuba in junior high and by the end of his sophomore year, he had claimed first chair in the Minnesota All-State Orchestra, and was selected to the All-State Band the following year.

At age 17, as a guitarist, he joined "Black Gold", a local pop country rock band, and at age 19, hit the road with a professional road group called "The Blackwater Band" playing bass guitar. When he was 21, He joined "Steve Hall & The Southbound '76, and helped them win first place in the "Seagrams Seven International Battle of The Bands" for state of Minnesota in 1981, first place in same for the State of North Dakota in 1982, as well as a Minnesota state championship in the 1983 Dodge/Wrangler Country Star Search. Drummer Steve Hall's comedic puppet "Shotgun Red" was discovered as a by-product of the 1982 national finals, and paved the way for the group to leave the nightclub scene in favor of playing arenas, stadiums, state fairs and cruise ships, eventually leading to a year-long theater stint in Branson Missouri in 1990, and a 12-year run as the matinee headliner aboard the General Jackson Showboat at Opryland USA. Mark also served as acoustic guitarist and band leader for RFD-TV's "Shotgun Red Variety Show" for its first season in 2011.

Mark's songwriting career took off in 1991, with the help and guidance of Buddy Kalb at Ray Stevens Music, the Publishing Company where he also received valuable music business tips from Ray Stevens himself, Ray's manager Don Williams (brother of singer Andy Williams) and Nashville producer and premier guitarist Chet Atkins.

In 1992, he joined the writing staff at Harold Shedd's Music Mill, where he wrote or co-wrote over 180 songs over the five years he spent there. His fellow staff writers included Jimmy Stewart, Tony Hazelton, Don Von Tress and DeWayne Blackwell. His skill-set also benefited from the wisdom and direction of Publishers Russ Zavitson and Lisa Ramsey producers Buddy Cannon, Norro Wilson, Ed Seay, Bud Logan and Nelson Larkin, Engineers Butch Carr, Jim Cotton and Joe Scaife, and the owner Harold Shedd, who was also President of Mercury/ Nashville Records at the time. Mark also wrote for Byron Gallimore Productions in 1999.

He currently lives in Brainerd Minnesota with his wife, singer-songwriter Stormie Mountain Petersen, and their 5 adopted cats. He has one biological daughter from a previous marriage and 5 step-children courtesy of his current one.

Mark has 3 BMI awards, one NSAI award, several BMI "million play" awards, and has written over 450 songs, recorded by the likes of Keith Perry, The Maffetts, Tim McGraw, Sammy Kershaw and George Jones, and placed on hold to potentially record by Reba McEntire, Marty Stuart, Crystal Gayle, Sara Evans, David Ball and many others.

Mark is still an active songwriter and has set among his future goals a long-awaited George Strait cut, a Toby Keith cut, and a Sammy Kershaw career comeback single.

Songs List

Waylon Only Daddy

Waylon Ramblin Man

Waylon Lonesome Onry & Mean

Waylon T For Texas

Waylon Rainy Day Woman

Waylon Good Hearted Woman

Waylon Bob Wills Is Still The King

Waylon This Time

Waylon Lookin’ For A Feelin’

Waylon Heaven Or Hell

Waylon Just To Satisfy You

Waylon Mamas Don’t Let Babies

Waylon Luckenbach Texas

Waylon Good Old Boys

Waylon Rose In Paradise

Waylon Lucille (Daddy’s Will)

Waylon Breakin’ Down

Waylon No Good Chain Gang

Waylon Always Been Crazy

Waylon Storms Never Last

Waylon Amanda

Waylon Hank Done It

Waylon Wurlitzer Prize

Waylon Ain’t Livin’ Long

Hag Okie From Muskogee

Hag If Id Left It Up To You

Hag Swingin’ Doors

Hag Branded Man

Hag Lonesome Fugative

Hag Mama Tried

Hag Today I Started Loving You

Hag Workin’ Man Blues

Hag Sing Me Back Home

Hag Bottle Let Me Down

Hag Great Afternoon

Hag Rainbow Stew

Hag Big City

Hag Chase Each Other

Hag The Way I Am

Hag Lookin’ For A Place

Hag Natural High

Hag Are The Good Times Over

Hag My Favorite Memory

Hag Misery And Gin

Hag I Had A Beautiful Time

Hag Out Among The Stars

Hag Ramblin’ Fever

Hag Someday When Things

Hag Twinkle Twinkle

Hag Stay Here And Drink

Conway The Rose

Conway Tight Fittin Jeans

Conway Love To Lay You Down

Conway Slow Hand

Conway Only Make Believe

Milsap Home Fires

Milsap No Gettin Over Me

Milsap Daydreams

Milsap Pure Love

Milsap Almost Like A Song

Milsap Smokey Mtn Rain

Conlee All I Want

Conlee Backside Of 30

Conlee Lady Lay Down

Conlee Rose Colored Glasses

Conlee Miss Emilys Picture

Conlee Busted

Conlee Common Man

Conlee Domestic Life

Jones She Thinks I Still Care

Jones Im Not Ready Yet

Jones He Stopped Loving Her

Jones Same Old Me

Jones Tennessee Whiskey

Jones Bartenders Blues

Jones Her Name Is

Nelson If You Got The Money

Nelson I’d Have To Be Crazy

Nelson On The Road Again

Nelson Let It Be Me

Nelson Angel Flying Too Close

Nelson Always On My Mind

Nelson One Night Of Love

Nelson Funny How Time

Nelson Crazy

Price Night Life

Price Crazy Arms

Price Pick Me Up On Your Way

Price Faded Love

Price For The Good Times

Owens Loves Gonna Live Here

Owens Tiger By The Tail

Owens Ashes Of Love

Owens Act Naturally

Owens Together Again

Owens Rollin' My Sweet Babies

Rogers Lucille

Rogers Somethings Got A Hold

Rogers Daytime Friends

Rogers The Gambler

Rogers She Believes In Me

Alabama Dixieland Delight

Alabama Mountain Music

Alabama Old Flame

Alabama Love In The First Degree

Alabama Lady Down On Love

Alabama Feels So Right

Strait If You’re Thinkin’

Strait Oceanfront Property

Strait A Fire I Can’t Put Out

Strait Cowboy Rides Away

Strait All My Ex's

Strait How ‘Bout Them Cowgirls

Strait Wrapped

Dwilliams Some Broken Hearts

Dwilliams Lord I Hope This Day

Dwilliams Falling Again

Dwilliams I Believe In You

Dwilliams Tulsa Time

Dwilliams Good Ol Boys Like Me

Cash I walk the line

Cash Folsom Prison Blues

Cash I Still Miss Someone

Cash Ring Of Fire

Cash Orange Blossum Special

Cash A Boy Named Sue

Eagles Already Gone

Eagles Tequila Sunrise

Eagles Peaceful Easy Feeling

Eagles Take It Easy

Eagles Seven Bridges Road

Beatles Saw Her Standing There

Beatles I Wanna Hold Your Hand

Beatles Yesterday

Beatles We Can Work It Out

Beatles All My Lovin

Beatles Let It Be

Beatles Hard Day's Night

Beatles Here Comes The Sun

Beatles Act Naturally

Beatles Twist And Shout

Beatles Get Back

Beatles Day Tripper

Clapton Lay Down Sally

Clapton Wonderful Tonight

CDB Long Haired Country Boy

CDB Uneasy Rider

Rabbitt 2 Dollars In The Jukebox

Rabbitt Drivin' My Life Away