Mark Matejka

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Mark Matejka
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Matejka in 2009
Background information
Birth name Mark Matejka
Born (1967-01-02) January 2, 1967 (age 50)
Houston, Texas
Genres Southern rock, hard rock, blues rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar
Associated acts Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hot Apple Pie, Charlie Daniels Band

Mark "Sparky" Matejka (Born January 2, 1967)[citation needed] is an American Southern rock guitarist. He is probably best known as a guitarist in Lynyrd Skynyrd. He joined the band in 2006,[1] replacing Hughie Thomasson who had left to reform Outlaws. He first played with Skynyrd on their Christmas Time Again album in 2000 and was credited with guitar and vocals.


Prior to joining Lynyrd Skynyrd, Matejka was a member of Hot Apple Pie, a country music band.[2] He also played for Charlie Daniels Band[3] and Sons of the Desert.[4]

He played guitar on tour with The Kinleys in 1998.[5]

Matejka is a former student of the North Texas State University (now UNT) jazz program, and studied under renowned guitar educator Jack Peterson.[citation needed]

Matejka graduated from James E. Taylor High School, in Katy, Texas.[6]


  1. ^ Jordan, Mark (June 2, 2006). "Rock's survivors play on: Tragedies take toll on Skynyrd but heart of music still beats", The Commercial Appeal, p. G22.
  2. ^ North, Peter (August 4, 2006). "Hot Apple Pie warms to challenge on outdoor saloon's stage", Edmonton Journal, p. A15.
  3. ^ Campell, Dan (June 5, 2006). "Skynyrd plays Wolf Trap: Dedicates 'Red, White, Blue' to military past and present", Washington Times, p. B5.
  4. ^ Bream, Jon (June 9, 2006). "Why, it's Lynyrd Skynyrd's Southern rock, infiltrating the country-music scene", Star Tribune, p. F4.
  5. ^ Boehm, Mike (April 29, 1998). "Twin Engines: The Talented Kinley Sisters Are Prepared for Takeoff: Now They Need to Tap Some Star Power", Los Angeles Times, p. 2.
  6. ^ Taylor High School Stampede 1985 Vol. 6 Katy Texas. James E. Taylor High School, 20700 Kingland Blvd., Katy, Texas 77450: James E. Taylor High School Staff and Senior Students. 1985. pp. 50, 56, 57, 73, 218, 251.