Western New York's Favorite Country Band
West of the Mark was born of an acoustic duo in 2000, and it took four years for the full country band to develop. Since that January, the band has performed in excess of 800 full band shows! From WNY to Rochester and Syracuse, WOTM has been a mainstay band and at the forefront of the genre locally for many years now.
WOTM has opened for 51 National Acts since 2004. These are legitimate "open slots" that are on same stage as national act just prior to their show. It's an important distinction as many bands claim they have had "opens" and actually perform at a support tent by a local beer distributor or several hours prior to headliner in festival style. 2016 held opens for Gloriana. 2015 held open slots for Jamie O'neal, Ty Herndon, Andy Griggs and Craig Campbell. In 2013, we were asked and performed with Jerrod Niemann, David Nail (2x), and JT Hodges. 2012 included Dustin Lynch, Clay Walker, Steel Magnolia and James Wesley. 2011: James Wesley, Uncle Kracker, Lo cash Cowboys, and Jack Ingram. 2010: Dierks Bentley, Diamond Rio, Phil Vassar, Mark Wills, Lee Brice and Josh Gracin. 2009 had Big and Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Lee Brice and more.
Other highlights include Luke Bryan, Confederate Railroad, Marty Stuart and the Oak Ridge boys.... 2017 highlights shall include the band's second annual "Scholarship Performance Concert" for Sweet Home Schools. Other highlighted shows to include CANALFEST for the 9th straight year, Buffalo Brewfest, LANCASTER INDEPENDENCE DAYS, and some of the biggest beer tents in the WNY area..Not to mention being the anchor band for Mickey Rats Beach Club for the 9th year in a row with local radio support from WYRK 106.5 FM
The band elevates in their vocal harmonies and showcase these rich blends throughout their performances. Buffalo Nightlife Magazine awarded the band "Best Country Vocal Band" for 2016 along with three (3) individual awards!! Together there is over 100 years of playing experience within the four members currently!
WOTM is a vocally driven band. They perform songs from the 89's, 90's, Y2K, today and some of the classic favorites. As much as today's country music gets criticized for its lack of depth, the band offers a collection that includes soft yet powerful ballads, story songs, prime country songs that resonate demographically with 21-35 year olds as well as 35+! A versatile performance band as well as a club act.
In their 13th year,WOTM has chosen to focus on the quality of the performance opportunities rather than the grind of every honky-took and juke joint in WNY. The band has started their own music scholarship for a local for a local high school in Amherst, NY and raised (6) $1000 grants through Dollars for Scholars in a very grass roots effort! WOTM motto is that of "community!" It's a community that loves country music played well, and is welcoming with a good time crowd and incredibly supportive!