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“Karan is a tremendous talent” - San Jose Mercury News

“A first-rate jamband guitarist” -Washington Post Express

“Sensational axe-man” – Oakland Tribune

A skilled interpreter of roots music” -An Honest Tune magazine

a supremely talented musician and a remarkable human being” -Blair Jackson, author (Garcia: An American Life)

“one of rock’s most respected sidemen” – Marin Independent Journal

“Karan the singer can pull off everything from New Orleans funk…to classic blues…to sultry ballads.” Hittin’ the Note magazine


Mark Karan is best known for performing with the extended Grateful Dead family.  For the last twelve years, he has anchored the lead guitar slot in Bob Weir & RatDog, playing hundreds of shows to thousands of fans year-round.  Before crossing over into the land of the Dead, Mark worked his guitar and vocal voodoo for the likes of Dave Mason, Delaney Bramlett, the Rembrandts, Paul Carrack, Huey Lewis, Jesse Colin Young and Sophie B. Hawkins.

Mark also tours with an array of amazing musicians on his own, where his soulful blues-based vocal stylings and inspired guitar work meld with the remarkably creative and responsive playing of his friends in a passionate delivery of the psychedelicized sounds of Americana. This is where rock meets R&B and country and mixes with the soul of New Orleans… with healthy portions of reggae, folk, funk and whatever else the muse might bring.  In addition to his originals, as well as those of songwriter friends, Mark covers a range of eclectic songs from Johnny “Guitar” Watson’s “You Can Stay (But the Noize Must Go)” and Peter Tosh’s “Don’t Look Back”, to the Kinks’ “Lazin’ on a Sunny Afternoon” or Joe Jackson’s “Fools in Love” — his unique musical taste and song choices are the hallmark of these shows, and always crowd pleasers for his nationwide, loyal fanbase.

Mark’s debut album, “Walk Through the Fire” was released in 2009 to critical acclaim, and features very special guests Delaney Bramlett, Bill Payne, Mike Finnigan, Pete Sears, John Molo, Hutch Hutchinson, The Persuasions, The Rowan Brothers, and many more.  He is in demand as both a studio musician and producer, having produced numerous albums for other artists, and recorded or composed 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.

Mark has toured the world, rocking the Montreaux Jazz Festival, the Mt. Fuji Jazz Festival, and the Fuji Rock Festival.  He has also headlined Bonnaroo, Gathering of the Vibes, the New Orleans JazzFest and many other festivals on the homefront. Mark’s played the Ryman Auditorium, San Francisco’s Fillmore, Radio City Music Hall, Red Rocks Amphitheater, and many other legendary musical venues. His TV appearances include Austin City Limits, VH1 Classic’s All Star Jams, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Late Late Night with Craig Kilborn, Today Show and Regis & Kathy Lee. Mark has also been showcased in live performances and featured interviews on SiriusXM, in addition to commercial and specialty radio nationwide.



Mark Karan/Walk Through the Fire (2009) –  Artist/Producer

Bob Weir / Weir Here: The Best Of Bob Weir (2004)

Ratdog / Live From Roseland (2001)

Jemimah Puddleduck (2000)

RatDog / Evening Moods (2000)

The Other Ones / The Strange Remain (1999)

The Rembrandts / Spin This! (1998)

Delaney Bramlett / Sounds From Home (1998)

John Purdell / Hindsight (1998)

Janet Robin / Open the Door (1998) – Producer

David Grow / Well (1996)

Jack James/Moment of Truth (1996)

Jesse Colin Young / Crazy Boy (1995)

Arnold McCuller/ Exceptions to the Rule (1994)

Jesse Colin Young / Makin It Real (1993)

Dynatones / Chopped and Channeled (1991)


KBCO (Boulder, CO) Studio C, Volume 16, “Ripple”- Bob Weir & RatDog (2004)

KPFA (Berkeley, CA) Live From Berkeley, “Memphis Radio”- Jemimah Puddleduck (2005)

KPRI (San Diego, CA) Live Tracks 3 “KC Moan”- Mark Karan & Bob Weir (2002)

KBCO (Boulder, CO) Studio C, Volume 12, “Odessa”- Bob Weir & RatDog (2000)

Furthur Most (Various Artists)- “Ramble on Rose” “Easy Answers” – The Other Ones (2000)

Film & TV Soundtracks:

“Guitarman” – (in prod., 2008)- 2 songs on soundtrack:  “All Along the Watchtower”- guitar,  “Love In Vain” – guitars/vocals/producer

“Asylum” – (2009) – currently on HBO- (David Hamilton, composer) – guitar

“Fall of Night” – (2005) – MK original song “No Escape” –  closing credit roll

Waco:The Rules of Engagement(1996, Academy Award Nominated) – (David Hamilton, composer) – guitar

“Tricks” (1997) – Showtime (Patrick Seymour, composer, also includes original song by MK & Patrick Seymour) – guitar

“Orleans” (1997) – CBS dramatic series (David Hamilton, composer) – guitar

“Stonewall“ (1995) – (Michael Kamen, composer) – guitar

“Parallel Lives” (1994) – Showtime (Patrick Seymour, composer) – guitar

“Chantilly Lace” (1993) – Showtime (Patrick Seymour, composer) – guitar

“Scrubs” – NBC (Jan Stevens/MK co-composers) – guitar


Other tracks currently airing on A&E, Comedy Central, E!, Discovery, Green, Learning,  Lifetime, Oxygen, Style Network, Travel, Speed, and Playboy Channels, and internationally in over 20 countries.








Bob Weir & RatDog – USA fall tour ‘98 – present

Deadheads for Obama – SF May ‘09

Phil Lesh & Friends – Branson School Benefit ’08, Slow Food Rocks ‘08, closing of Warfield ‘09

Delaney Bramlett – Mississippi ‘06

The Other Ones – USA tour ‘98, 2000

Mickey Hartʼs Planet Drum – USA Summer Tour ʼ99 (inc.”Woodstock ʼ99″)

Sophie B. Hawkins – USA Tour ’96; Australian Tour ’96

Dave Mason – World Tour ‘91/’92

Paul Carrack – USA Tour ‘88


Delaney Bramlett

Tony Braunagle

Randy Jackson

Randy Meisner

The Other Ones

The Rembrandts

Pete Sears

Lee Sklar


Narada Michael Walden

Bob Weir & RatDog


Sheena Easton – (Solid Gold & Soul Train)

Sophie B. Hawkins (Regis & Kathy Lee)

Bob Weir & RatDog (Austin City Limits, VH1 Classic’s “All Star Jams”, Late Night with Conan ‘OBrien, JamCam Chronicles/Comcast On Demand)

The Other Ones (Late Late Night with Craig Kilborn, Today Show)




New Orleans JazzFest

Mt. Fuji Rock Festival

Fuji Jazz Festival


Playboy Jazz Festival

Woodstock (’99)

Gathering of the Vibes


  • Trey Anastasio
  • Little Anthony & the Imperials
  • Kenny Aranoff
  • Marty Balin
  • Dickey Betts
  • Delaney Bramlett
  • Tony Braunagle
  • Norton Buffalo
  • Larry Carlton
  • String Cheese Incident
  • John Cippolina
  • Clarence Clemons
  • George “Commander Cody” Frayne
  • Deborah Dobkin
  • The Drifters
  • Michael Franti & Spearhead
  • David Frieberg
  • Galactic
  • Warren Haynes
  • Leonard Haze & Phil Kennemore
  • Randy Jackson
  • Jerry Jemmott
  • Paul Kantner
  • Chuck Leavell
  • John Lee Hooker
  • Huey Lewis
  • Keb Mo
  • Little Feat
  • Nick Lowe
  • New Monsoon
  • Coco Montoya
  • Particle
  • John Popper
  • Bonnie Raitt
  • New Riders of the Purple Sage
  • Merl Saunders
  • Melvin Seals
  • Phoebe Snow
  • Sting
  • Gary Tallent
  • Taxxi
  • Narada Michael Walden
  • Terry Williams
  • Steve Winwood