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Mark Goldenberg

Mark Goldenberg is an American guitarist and songwriter, noted for his session work and composition of successful songs for Linda Ronstadt, the Pointer Sisters, and others.

Mark Goldenberg
GenresRock music, fingerstyle guitar
InstrumentsGuitar, banjo, mandolin, keyboards, accordion[1]
Years active1976–present
Associated actsThe Cretones, Jackson Browne, Chicago



Early CareerEdit

Raised in Chicago, Goldenberg studied at the Music Conservatory at the Chicago College of Performing Arts and the Chicago Musical College.[3] When the band he was in signed a record deal, Goldenberg moved to California. Though the band broke up, he remained in California as a singer-songwriter. In 1976, Goldenberg began playing guitar with Al Stewart.[4]

After playing with Wendy Waldman (who had been Stewart's opening act), Goldenberg started the band the Cretones with bassist Peter Bernstein.[5] Linda Ronstadt covered three of their songs on her Mad Love album, and the band served as Linda Ronstadt's backup band for a time, and recorded two albums: Thin Red Line and Snap! Snap!.[6] Then Goldenberg formed the band Our Town, who recorded one album that was never released. In 1989, he studied guitar with Ted Greene.[4] He also studied classic guitar with Richard Pick and piano and counterpoint with Abe Fraser.

Session work and songwritingEdit

Goldenberg has played on records for Bob Dylan[7], Jackson Browne[8], Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt[9], Peter Frampton[10] , Eels, Natalie Imbruglia,[11] Chris Isaak, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and William Shatner.

Goldenberg co-wrote the song "Automatic" which was a hit for the Pointer Sisters.[12] He also wrote "A Kick In The Heart" for Kim Carnes,[13] and co-wrote "Novocaine for the Soul for the band Eels.[14]

Goldenberg played lead guitar in Jackson Browne's band from 1994 until 2010.[15]

In 2015, Goldenberg finished a two year tour with Hugh Laurie and his Copper Bottom Band.[1][16]

Recording careerEdit

Goldenberg released his self-titled solo album of fingerstyle guitar music in 2005.[17]

Goldenberg plays in a guitar duo with Eric Skye, with whom he has recorded one album Artifact.[18]


Solo albumsEdit

  • 2005: Mark Goldenberg (Bossy Pants)

Mark Goldenberg and Eric SkyeEdit

  • 2016: Artifact (self-released)[19]

With the CretonesEdit

  • 1980: Thin Red Line (Planet)
  • 1981: Snap! Snap! (Planet)

With Jackson BrowneEdit

As composer (and sometimes also performer)Edit

As producerEdit

Also appears onEdit

1978 - 1993Edit

1994 - 1999Edit

2000 - 2006Edit

2008 - presentEdit


  1. ^ a b Teja Gerken (July 30, 2015). "Mark Goldenberg's Stage Rig". Peghead Nation. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  2. ^ "90999 Gibson L-5". Pre-Wae Gibson L-5 Owners' Club. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  3. ^ "Meet the Faculty: Mark Goldenberg". LAGA Online. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Jason Verlinde (September 1, 2010). "Interview: Guitarist Mark Goldenberg". Fretboard Journal. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  5. ^ "Cretones 'Suitably Unslick' Rockers". The Indianapolis Star. June 6, 1980. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  6. ^ Joanne Ostrow (May 23, 1980). "Cretones, on Their Own". Washington Post. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  7. ^ Heylin, Clinton (March 15, 1997). Bob Dylan: The Recording Sessions, 1960-1994. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  8. ^ Joe Bosso (October 1, 2014). "Jackson Browne talks guitars, production and new album Standing In The Breach". MusicRadar. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  9. ^ Dean, Maury (2003). Rock and Roll: Gold Rush. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  10. ^ Schmitt, Roland (August 1, 2011). The Small Faces & Other Stories. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  11. ^ Larkin, Colin (May 27, 2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  12. ^ Bill DeYoung (June 23, 2015). "Cretones - Thin Red Line (1980): Forgotten Series". Something Else. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  13. ^ "Kim Carnes – Cafe Racers". Blue Tapestry. November 25, 2012. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  14. ^ Grierson, Tim (2012). Eels: Blinking Lights and Other Revelations. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  15. ^ Dan Forte (November 1, 2010). "Jackson Browne: Going Home - Eagle Rock". Vintage Guitar. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  16. ^ Mariecar Mendoza (May 28, 2014). "Hugh Laurie and The Copper Bottom Band to perform L.A., Riverside". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  17. ^ James Scott (January 1, 2006). "Mark Goldenberg, Bossy Pants Records BP1, 2005". Minor 7th. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  18. ^ Adam Perlmutter (January 5, 2016). "Mark Goldenberg and Eric Skye: Acoustic Aerialists". Premier Guitar. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  19. ^ Joseph Callouri (January 24, 2016). "Mark Goldenberg and Eric Skye's Artifact: New CD of Organic Music". Berkshire Fine Arts. Retrieved September 1, 2017.

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