// founder, manager
Mark "King Bee" Menefee comes from St. Louis, Missouri. He picked up the guitar as a teenager, learning licks to Elizabeth Cotton's "Freight Train" from his father. After years of refining his guitar playing skills on jazz and folk tunes, Mark found the blues and a love for the harmonica. He founded King Bee & The Stingers in 2006 and is proud to have played with the band three times at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, IN, including an IBC semifinalist slots in 2018 and 2019. After 13 years as the lead vocalist in the band he decided to pass the role on to his daughter and focus full time on managing and booking the band, but you can still catch him onstage from time to time.