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Mark Karan describes himself as “a sort of male Bonnie Raitt filtered through a psychedelic blender.” He is a modern day classic, an artist that oozes passion, fluidity and rock and roll spirit to everything he touches. There’s something particularly inviting about Karan, who offers a knowing smile with his soulful, well-placed notes. A lover of great songs, he is dedicated to presenting them in unique ways that make folks perk up, dance... and maybe think a bit after the shufflin’ is done.
Best known for his extended run in the Grateful Dead scene as the lead guitarist for Bob Weir and RatDog, Mark is a consummate team player and, as a “value added” guest artist, makes a special connection with his fellow musicians. His six-string prowess has been the catalyst to generate bolder, bigger, deeper music... both with people he’s toured with like Ratdog, The Other Ones, Delaney Bramlett, Dave Mason, The Rembrandts and Paul Carrack and during impromptu sit-ins with The Allman Brothers, Trey Anastasio, Gov’t Mule, Jackie Greene, ALO, Levon Helm, Chuck Leavell, Little Feat, moe. and Phil Lesh & Friends.
Mark’s debut album, “Walk Through the Fire” released in 2009 to critical acclaim, reflects his deep emotional sincerity, creative individuality and eclectic musical interests. The album also features very special guests Delaney Bramlett, Bill Payne (Little Feat), Mike Finnigan (Jimi Hendrix, CSNY), The Persuasions and many more.
Mark has toured the world, rocking the Montreaux Jazz Festival, the Mt. Fuji Jazz Festival, and the Fuji Rock Festival. With “Bob Weir & Ratdog” he has headlined many festivals in the U.S. including Bonnaroo, Gathering of the Vibes and the New Orleans JazzFest. Mark has played many legendary musical venues such as the Ryman Auditorium, Radio City Music Hall and Red Rocks Amphitheater.
As a solo artist, his live performances find him skillfully navigating through his own original music with happy echoes of David Lindley, Ry Cooder and Little Feat - artists firmly grounded in rock’s roots while teasing out the country, jazz and blues elements behind the rattle ‘n’ hum.
“Playing with [Bob] Weir for a dozen years, being allowed and encouraged to interpret Dead music as faithfully or as far-flung as I or any of the other band members could want, was a real blessing,” says Karan. “The experience was about freedom and self-expression, which is what I’m still all about.”
The San Francisco-based singer-songwriter-guitarist is currently working on a new record and is embarking on the most personal phase of his career yet. Given his vibrant chops, warm voice, and intuitive, inspired grasp of music, it’s bound to be an exciting time.
Audio Samples coming soon
Audio Samples coming soon