“Walk Through the Fire”
Walk Through the Fire was recorded over the course of 4 years in 6 studios by 8 engineers with 25 musicians. It is a labor of love and artistry, and an offering in gratitude. It was Mark’s intention to create an album that evoked a sound reminiscent of older records, utilizing modern recording tools but maintaining its authenticity and vibe. Some of these songs have been hallmarks of Mark’s live performances for years, some are his own compositions, some are old songs he rediscovered and reworked, and some were written by friends.
“Love In Vain” was produced by Mark for the soundtrack to the upcoming film “Guitarman”. It’s a duet with Delaney Bramlett and is the first posthumous release featuring the late, great singer, writer and inspiration for so many. Mark and Delaney were close, and during the past dozen years or more Mark often played lead guitar on his recordings.
The title track, “Walk Through the Fire”, was written by Mark while undergoing his first chemotherapy treatment for throat cancer. In gratitude for his survival, Mark is donating all proceeds from the song “Walk Though the Fire” to the Oral Cancer Foundation.
A recommendation for listening: turn it up… LOUD. For more information on why, read this.
1 ANNIE DON’T LIE (Alex Call) (4:49)
featuring The Persuasions, Jemimah Puddleduck (MK/John Molo/JT Thomas/Bob Gross), Glenn Hartman
2 LEAVE A LIGHT ON (Mark Karan) (6:49)
featuring The Rowan Brothers, John Molo, JT Thomas, Hutch Hutchinson, Wally Ingram
3 BAIT THE HOOK (Mark Karan) (4:20)
featuring Jemimah Puddleduck, Jackie LaBranch & Gloria Jones
4 WALK THROUGH THE FIRE (Mark Karan) (4:13)
featuring JT Thomas, Hutch Hutchinson, Wally Ingram, Jimmy Sanchez
5 LOVE IN VAIN (Robert Johnson) (5:25)
featuring Delaney Bramlett, Pete Sears, John Molo, Hutch Hutchinson
6 ROCK YOUR PAPA (Mark Karan) (4:59)
featuring Bill Payne, The Persuasions, Mike Finnigan, John Molo, Hutch Hutchinson, Glenn Hartman
7 MEMPHIS RADIO (Susan Sheller) (6:00)
featuring JT Thomas, Hutch Hutchinson, Wally Ingram, Jimmy Sanchez, Jackie LaBranch & Gloria Jones
8 TIME WILL TELL (Mark Karan) (8:49)
featuring John Molo, JT Thomas, Hutch Hutchinson
9 LOVE SONG (Mark Karan) (4:08)
featuring Mike Finnigan, Hutch Hutchinson, Wally Ingram, Jimmy Sanchez, Jackie LaBranch & Gloria Jones, Amber Morris & April Grisman
10 THINK IT’S GONNA RAIN (Randy Newman) (4:50)
featuring Jemimah Puddleduck
11 FOOLS IN LOVE (Joe Jackson) (6:59)
featuring Jemimah Puddleduck, Wally Ingram, Jackie LaBranch & Gloria Jones, Amber Morris & April Grisman
12 EASY WIND (Robert Hunter) (6:44)
featuring John Molo, JT Thomas, Hutch Hutchinson, Wally Ingram
Produced by Mark Karan
Mixed by Davy Vain @ The Groove Room
Mastered by Gavin Lurssen at Lurssen Mastering