Mark Karan (born January 13, 1955) is an American guitarist and singer, best known for his long-term work with members of the Grateful Dead in Bob Weir & RatDog (1998–2013), the Other Ones (the first reformation of the Grateful Dead after Jerry Garcia died) in 1998 & 2000, Planet Drum (1999) & Phil & Friends (2012). Mark has also played & toured with Delaney Bramlett, the Rembrandts, Sophie B Hawkins, Dave Mason, Paul Carrack & leads the bands,Jemimah Puddleduck & Mark Karan's Buds.

Mark Karan
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Background information
OriginSan Francisco, California, United States
GenresRock
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active1986–present
LabelsQuacktone Records
Associated actsThe Other Ones
Bob Weir & RatDog
Jemimah Puddleduck
Websitewww.markkaran.com

in 2009 Karan released his first solo record, "Walk Through yhe Fire" on the Dig/Quacktone imprint & he is currently touring while working at completing his second record, "Welcome To Your Life" (2020 release date).

CareerEdit

Karan has played guitar and sung for a number of different artists, including Dave Mason, Huey Lewis, Paul Carrack, Delaney Bramlett,[1] Sophie B. Hawkins, and The Rembrandts.[2] From 1986 to 1989 he was the guitarist and co-producer for the band Slings & Arrows which included Daniel Levitin on bass.

In 1998 he was selected, along with Steve Kimock, to fill Jerry Garcia's slot in The Other Ones,[3] a band featuring former members of the Grateful Dead. He played with the Other Ones on their 1998 and 2000 tours, and appeared with the 1998 lineup on their only album, the live compilation "The Strange Remain" in 1999. He has also played with Mickey Hart's Planet Drum and Phil Lesh & Friends over the years.

In 1998, Karan joined RatDog,[4] a band led by Grateful Dead alumnus Bob Weir. Karan was part of the RatDog lineup for most of the next 13 years. He also records or composes a wide variety of music for film, television, and music libraries. His contributions to TV alone can currently be heard on over 15 networks and internationally in over 25 countries.

On June 30, 2009, Karan released his debut album Walk Through the Fire to critical acclaim.[5][6][7] It features Delaney Bramlett, Billy Payne, Mike Finnigan, Pete Sears, John Molo, Hutch Hutchinson, The Persuasions, The Rowan Brothers, and many more.

His TV appearances include Austin City Limits,[8] VH1 Classic's All Star Jams,[9] Late Night with Conan O'Brien,[10] Late Late Night with Craig Kilborn,[11] Today Show and Regis & Kathy Lee. Karan has also been showcased in live performances and featured interviews on SiriusXM, in addition to commercial and specialty radio nationwide.

Karan also sometimes tours while leading his own band.[12] He has performed with a band called Live Dead '69 as part of the Airplane Family & Friends tour in December 2016. He has also performed with Live/Dead '69 at shows they have performed at on their own. This band usually features former Grateful Dead keyboardist Tom Constanten and sometimes features Karan's RatDog band mates Robin Sylvester and Jay Lane.[13]

Cancer battleEdit

In July 2007, Karan announced that he was being treated for throat cancer. Steve Kimock sat in for Karan on the Ratdog summer tour.[14] Karan returned to the lineup in March 2008 and remains in remission.[15]

Touring creditsEdit

DiscographyEdit

Solo workEdit

Bands / liveEdit

Album sessionsEdit

Compilation albumsEdit

Singles sessionsEdit

Film and TV soundtracksEdit

  • Chantilly Lace (1993) – Showtime (Patrick Seymour, composer) – guitar
  • Parallel Lives (1994) – Showtime (Patrick Seymour, composer) – guitar
  • Stonewall (1995) – (Michael Kamen, composer) – guitar
  • Orleans (1997) – CBS dramatic series (David Hamilton, composer) – guitar
  • Tricks (1997) – Showtime (Patrick Seymour, composer, also includes original song by MK & Patrick Seymour) – guitar
  • Waco: The Rules of Engagement (1996, Academy Award Nominated) – (David Hamilton, composer) – guitar
  • Scrubs (2001) – NBC (Jan Stevens/MK co-composers) – guitar
  • Fall of Night (2005) – MK original song "No Escape" – closing credit roll
  • Asylum (2009) – currently on HBO – (David Hamilton, composer) – guitar
  • Guitarman (in prod., 2008)- 2 songs on soundtrack: “All Along the Watchtower" – guitar, "Love in Vain" – guitars/vocals/producer

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