PRESS

ALBUM REVIEWS/RECENT PRESS:

  • Jambands.com “Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Mark Karan and more celebrate Jackie Greene’s 32nd Birthday at the Fillmore”
  • Jambands.com “Joan Osborne and Mark Karan will Spend New Year’s at Terrapin Crossroads
  • Honest Tune “Mark Karan & Friends”
  • Jambands.com “Mark Karan: From RatDog to Rambler”
  • Jambands.com “Phil Lesh Performs American Beauty”
  • Jambands.com “Phil Lesh Covers Gram Parsons, Welcomes Mike Gordon at Terrapin Crossroads”
  • Jambase.com “Camp Terrapin: Terrapin Flyer, Constanten, Karan & more”
  • Jambands.com “Phil Lesh and Friends celebrate Jerry’s 70th at Terrapin Crossroads”
  • Jambase.com “Jerry’s 70th Birthday Show”
  • Pacific Sun “One person who has been all over the local scene is Mark Karan”
  • Jambase.com “Terrapin Crossroads June Rambles with Phil Lesh, Jackie Greene, Mark Karan”
  • Relix.com “Mark Karan, Phil Lesh, and Grahame Lesh – Into the Mystic”
  • Jambands.com “Michael Kang, Matt Butler, Mark Karan and The Everyone Orchestra Play for Levon Helm”
  • Jambase.com “The Everyone Orchestra will play Sweewater with Michael Kang, Mark Karan & More”
  • Relix.com VIDEO “Huey Lewis & Jeff Pehrson join MK @ Sweetwater”
  • Relix.com “Show Review – Mark Karan & Friends, SWMH 3/14″
  • Jambands.com “Phil Lesh Joins Railroad Earth at Fillmore”
  • Jambands.com “MK Welcomes Friends at Sweetwater, Announces Next Residency Dates”
  • Jambands.com “Mark Karan: Wednesday Night Live”
  • The Barn Presents “MK Talks RatDog, TRI, Sweetwater and Doing His Own Thing”
  • Jambase.com – “Pegi Young…scheduled for Sweetwater Music Hall”
  • Jambands.com – “Melvin Seals and Mark Karan will Join The Schwag and Terrapin Flyer”
  • Jambands.com – “Sammy Hagar and Jerry Harrison join stealth RatDog show”
  • Jambands.com – “Bob Weir will welcome Steve Kimock, Mark Karan & Friends to Sweetwater”
  • Rolling Stone.com – “Grateful Dead’s Weir will reopen Sweetwater”
  • Relix.com – “RatDog Will Perform Next Month”
  • Jambands.com – “Phil Lesh, Trigger Hippy, Tim Bluhm and More Join Jackie Greene”
  • Jambase.com – “Pop Quiz Furthur Afterparty Hosted by Pranksters”
  • DirtyImpound.com – “Hey Shredder” (7 questions for guitarists)
  • Jambands.com – “Grateful Dead family sidemen to play the music of Bob Dylan”
  • Relix Magazine – “Mark Karan joins JGB”
  • Joonbug Miami- “Legendary Guitarist Performing in Boca Friday Night”
  • Miami Herald – “Mark Karan Ready to Rock” – November ’10
  • New Times (Broward/Palm Beach) – “Mark Karan of RatDog plays Funky Buddha Tonight”
  • Jambands.com – “Robin Sylvester Performs with Mark Karan”
  • Jambase.com – “Florida Tour in Nov; Free Download; Guitar Pedal”
  • Vintage Guitar Magazine – “Dead and the Dog” – November ’08
  • Trinity Journal – Cover image from Trinity Tribal Stomp
  • Jambands.com – RatDog Members Collaborate
  • The Weekender (Pennsylvania) by Michael Lello “Karan sheds sideman status”
  • Dead.Net – Furthur Festival review by Blair Jackson
  • Jambase.com – SEVA benefit pictures and setlist
  • Jambase.com- “Furthur Festival” (review)
  • Jambands.com – “Futhur’s All Star Late Night Jam”
  • Jambands.com- “Steve Kimock, Billy Kreutzmann and Mark Karan confirmed for Wavy Gravy’s Seva Benefit”
  • Jambands.com- “Nateva adds Jemimah Puddleduck”
  • Jambands.com- “Mookie Siegel sits in with Jemimah Puddleduck”
  • Jambands.com – “moe. kicks off west coast tour with guest Mark Karan”
  • Glide.com review of 2/19/10 ALO show with Mark Karan
  • Jambase.com review of 2/6/10 New Monsoon show with Mark Karan
  • Denver’s Westword magazine names “Walk Through the Fire” one of the “Year’s Best National Releases”.
  • Kweevak radio:  Show #119 of Kweevak Radio with COREY GLOVER of LIVING COLOUR, MARK KARAN of RATDOG and Hungerthon 2009 is now live at:  SHOW PAGE PODCAST PAGE DOWNLOAD MP3
  • jambands.com – Bob Weir goes Furthur, supports Mark Karan on Friday
  • San Jose Mercury News - “Karan is a tremendous talent”
  • Glide Magazine – Fools in Love “features an authentic reggae arrangement Bob Marley would be proud of”, “while Pigpen would certainly approve of “ Easy Wind “
  • State of Mind Magazine – “Mark Karan knows just where and how much to contribute when he plays”
  • Big Mouth Blues – “he’s much more than just a sideman and a gifted guitar player. Listening to his band, Jemimah Puddleduck, shows a side of Mark that further illustrates what a beautiful, humble player he is. In Jemimah Puddleduck Mark is a band leader, an arranger, a songwriter and a vocalist.”
  • jambands.com – News 10/29/09- “Stealth RatDog”  (MK afterparty at Triad)
  • The waster.com – “Karan…demonstrates his appreciation for the blues…” “an elegant touch of reggae and R&B to an album… deeply rooted in blues, rock n roll, and folk.”
  • Nodepression.com (“The Roots Music Authority”) – “Mark is a super talented guitarist”
  • Elmore Magazine- “a debut from a man with a musical soul”
  • Jambandsonline.com - “displays his wit and wisdom and insights with skill matched only by his guitar prowess.”
  • Musicboxonline.com CD review- “well produced, and brilliantly executed”
  • Download the 7/5/09 interview with MK on “DeadAir”, gdradio.net
  • Download the interview with MK on Penn State’s The Lion 90.7fm
  • Chico News Review – “Karan has produced a package that inspires and satisfies…the record charms the listener with superior instrumentation and lyrical wisdom…”
  • Hittin’ the Note - current issue – CD review on page 68 - “one of the strongest aspects of this release is Karan’s sturdy, muscular voice.  You expect his guitar chops to be first-rate (and they are throughout), but it’s suprising how well Karan the singer can pull off everything from New Orleans funk…to classic blues…to sultry ballads.”
  • Relix Magazine - CD review on page 65/66 - “in addition to the amazing guitar playing…what’s most remarkable here is Karan’s excellent vocal work, rich sound, and inventive phrasing.”
  • Jambands.com – 8/27/09 – Huey Lewis sits in with RatDog
  • Deseret News (UT) – Karan Walks Through Fire on Solo Album
  • Kweevak.com – CD OF THE MONTH – “personal and passionate record.”
  • WNTI (NJ) 8/2/09 broadcast of indepth interview with MK (featured content on Delaney Bramlett)
  • Marquee Magazine – “soulful singing…intricate guitar playing…heartfelt melodies…”
  • KPFT 98.1 Houston – Listen to the MK interview on “Deadbeat”
  • Washington Post Express - ”A first-rate jam band guitarist.”
  • jambase.com - ”well crafted and well played rock & roll without a lot of bells ‘n’ whistles… so goddamn tasty but rarely resorts to flash or overt skill displays, preferring instead to move by feel, melody and undisguised emotion.”
  • The Music Box- ”sounds like a vinyl recording from the 1970s.”
  • Grateful Dead Hour # 1089 (wk of 8/3) and #1088 (wk of 7/27). MK interview/album tracks/exclusive studio performance.
  • culturecatch.com - ”Righteous roots-rock, tasty jams, and stellar guitar chops are just a few of the adjectives that describe Mark’s long-overdue, deserving debut.”
  • The Waster.com - ”This album is the perfect mix between country-rock and blues.  Karan will have you strutting across the dance floor only to reach down deep into your soul…”
  • Jambands.com – Feature –  ”a great representation of what Mark Karan is all about – good vibes; cool groove; smiles; good tears; and, most of all, a lot of heart.”
  • Dead.Net- ”a wonderful and uplifting slice of rock and soul music that reveals much about Karan as both a supremely talented musician and a remarkable human being.”
  • Kweevak.com - ”…personal and passionate record.”
  • EU Jacksonville – RatDog comes to St. Augustine: An interview with Mark Karan
  • Listen to the KBAC/Santa Fe  ”Toast n Jam” interview with MK here
  • The nation.com - ”great song after great song… and the musicianship…is first rate throughout.”
  • Marin Independent Journal - Bout with cancer gave guitarist Karan a gift – letting go
  • Atlantic City Weekly- RatDog to play at Taj Mahal
  • Jambands.com – 7/7/09 News - Donna Jean, Mark Karan and Keller Williams Prove Social at Gratefulfest
  • Sonic Boomers- ”…sounds like it was recorded on a full moon with a room full of musicians under a swampy spell.”
  • The Weekender - ”a stunning debut and one of the better roots-rock albums you’ll hear this year.”
  • Jambands.com – CD Review - ”a tribute to Karan’s talents as bandleader (and producer)…”
  • ShakedownStream - ”the more I listen to it, the more I like it”
  • Country Stars Online - ”…a super talented guitarist”
  • Rockom.net - featured track of the week “Walk Through the Fire”, podcastThursday 7/2
  • Honest Tune - ”A passionate fan and skilled interpreter of roots music, Karan’s affinity for blues, gospel and soul comes beaming through…”
  • Jambands.com –  7/15/09 News – “More Good Vibes from Weir and Greene”
  • Glide Magazine- new feature called “Track by Track”- album description in MK’s own words
  • Gritz Magazine - ”This is a work of art that will make you feel, and feel deeply.”
  • WNEW – Evan Levy - ”one of the greatest treasures of the jamband community.”
  • Marin Independent Journal, Paul Liberatore - ”one of rock’s most respected sidemen”
  • Kindweb - ”…Walk Through the Fireproves that Mark Karan is also a top-notch singer/songwriter/interpreter/arranger in his own right.”
  • Life Thru Music - ”Good things come to those who wait, and although it took four years of waiting, Mark Karan delivers the goods on his first solo albumWalk Through The Fire.”
  • Glide Magazine- MK & JP on KPFA 7/1- also on nugs.net
  • KRVM 91.9 –  Oregon Routes and Branches- ”Another new CD that I really liked this week is the one from Mark Karan. I really don’t know much about him, but I really liked his new CD Walk Through The Fire. He does a version of Easy Wind that I think even Pigpen would enjoy.”
  • Green Man Review- Deborah Grabien (Top Bay Area Pick of the Summer! (shared honor with Green Day)) “Walk Through The Fire is a fantastic work by a brilliant songwriter and musician who went through something most people don’t, and lived to make something very cool out of the experience.”
  • Dead.net- Dead World Roundup- Blair Jackson
  • Jambands.com – 6/22/09 News - Mark Karan and Jemimah Puddleduck To Celebrate Karan’s Walk Through the Fire
  • Purplygrotto.com “Mark Karan’s long awaited debut solo album Walk Through The Fire was well worth the wait…emotional, inspired and danceable all wrapped into one polished album.”
  • Sarah H., Age 4: ”It’s better than cereal”.

2008 and older press archives can be seen here.

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