Mark Matejka

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Mark Matejka
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Matejka in 2009
Background information
Birth nameMark Matejka
Born (1967-01-02) January 2, 1967 (age 52)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
GenresSouthern rock, hard rock, blues rock
InstrumentsGuitar, Vocals
Years active2006-present
Associated actsLynyrd Skynyrd, Hot Apple Pie, Charlie Daniels Band

Mark "Sparky" Matejka (Born January 2, 1967)[citation needed] is an American Southern rock guitarist. He joined Lynyrd Skynyrd in 2006, replacing Hughie Thomasson who had left to reform Outlaws.[1] He first played with the band 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.