Posts Tagged ‘Mark Karan’

Dead to the World 7/21/10

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

NOTE: This program is available for streaming in the KPFA archives until August 4.

Tonight: interviews and rehearsal music from the Rhythm Devils, who are currently on tour and will be for the rest of the summer. We’ll talk with Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, guitarists Davy Knowles and Keller Williams, and bassist Andy Hess (I missed a chance to speak with talking drummer Sikiru Adepoju). (Bill Kreutzmann is also gearing up for gigs with Seven Walkers this summer.)

Jackaroe – Rhythm Devils rehearsal 7/15/10
Interview with Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart
Next Dimension – Rhythm Devils rehearsal 7/15/10
Interview with Keller Williams
Voodoo Zombie – Rhythm Devils rehearsal 7/15/10
Interview with Davy Knowles
So Many Roads – Rhythm Devils rehearsal 7/15/10
Interview with Andy Hess
Ship of Fools – Rhythm Devils rehearsal 7/15/10

Mickey and Bill will be leading the Seventh Inning Stretch at AT&T Park in SF on August 9 for Jerry day. They will attempt to set a Guinness world record for the largest Kazoo ensemble, leading a kazoo version of “Take me out to the Ballgame”!

The Rhythm Devils are looking for people to help them get the word out about their gigs – postering, social networking, etc. Send email to to sign up. You’ll be rewarded with a spot on the guest list.

Rock Your Papa
Death Don’t Have No Mercy
Walk Through the Fire
Tonight I’ll be Staying Here with You
Mark Karan and Jemimah Puddleduck 3/31/10 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco

Norwegian BoyRubber Souldiers (unreleased studio demo July 2010)
Under the Chicken TreeSuzy Thompson and Del Rey, Hen Party
Rushing Over My BonesGalen Kipar Project, The Scenic Route
My Lips Are Sealed – Jim Lauderdale, Patchwork River

Dead to the World 11/18/09

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Tonight: Mark Karan is my guest for the full two hours (8-10pm PST). He brings with him a double handful of digital recordings from recent performances by Jemimah Puddleduck, Ratdog, and other special musical events. We’ll talk about his new CD Walk Through and Fire and his upcoming gigs with Jemimah Puddleduck.

Don’t Let Go (with David Gans and Donna Jean Godchaux MacKay, vocals)
Lazin’ on a Sunny Afternoon
Tico Tico
Jemimah Puddleduck 7/4/09 Nelson Ledges Quarry Park, Garrettsville OH
Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again
Highway 61 revisited
– Ghosts of Electricity (Mark Karan, Robin Sylvester, Mookie Siegel, Greg Anton, Stu Allen, Pat Nevins) 10/31/09 Ashkenaz, Berkeley CA
Señor (Tales of Yankee Power)Ratdog 10/23/09 Beacon Theater, New York NY
I Think It’s Going to Rain Today – Mark Karan live in the KPFA studio
So Hard to Find My Way – Jackie Greene Band w/ Mark Karan 7/14/09 Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe PA

Walk Through the Fire
Easy Wind
– Mark Karan and Ratdog 8/26/09 Wilma Theater, Missoula MT

Leave a Light On – Mark Karan live in the KPFA studio
Annie Don’t Lie – Jemimah Puddleduck 8/7/09 8×10 Club, Baltimore
Friend of the Devil – Ratdog 10/24/09 Beacon Theater, New York NY
Deal – Jemimah Puddleduck 8/7/09 8×10 Club, Baltimore

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1088

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

Week of July 27, 2009

Part 1 41:35
Interview: Mark Karan
Mark Karan, Walk Through the Fire
Interview: Mark Karan
Mark Karan, Walk Through the Fire
Interview: Mark Karan
Mark Karan, Walk Through the Fire
Interview: Mark Karan
Mark Karan, Walk Through the Fire
Interview: Mark Karan
Mark Karan, Walk Through the Fire
Interview: Mark Karan

Part 2 14:50
Jemimah Puddleduck 6/30/09 exclusive studio concert

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Grateful Dead Productions, announcing the exclusive release, Road Trips vol 2 no 3: Wall of Sound, featuring highlights from two June 1974 performances using the band’s legendary and crystal-clear sound system. Listening party, lots more information, discussion area, and more at

Warner Home Video, presenting the 40th anniversary release of Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music – the director’s cut, on Special Edition DVD and Ultimate Collector’s Edition DVD and Blu-Ray. The Ultimate Collector’s Edition contains more than two extra hours of rare performance footage as never before seen. This footage features five artists who were at Woodstock but did not appear in any previous film version: The Grateful Dead, Paul Butterfield, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Johnny Winter, and Mountain. Video clips and complete information at

The Church of Universal Love and Music, presenting its remaining summer festivals in Southwestern Pennsylvania with Medeski, Martin & Wood with DJ Logic, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Fred Westly, EOTO with Steve Molitz, CB-3 with Michael Kang, Boris Garcia, Cornmeal and many more. Complete festival dates and details are available at

Dead to the World 7/1/09

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Tonight: an exclusive interview with Mark Karan and studio performance by Jemimah Puddleduck, both recorded yesterday (6/30/09) at John “JT” Thomas’ studio in Reseda CA. Here are some photos of the session from Alan Hess.

Interview with Mark Karan, featuring these songs from Walk Through the Fire:
Rock Your Papa
Love in Vain
Love Song
Leave a Light On
Time Will Tell

Jemimah Puddleduck – recorded 6/30/09 at JT Thomas’ studio in Reseda CA:
Easy Wind
Annie Don’t Lie
Hallelujah I Love Her So
Bait the Hook
Walk Through the Fire
Don’t Let Go
Memphis Radio
Out in the Woods
I Think It’s Gonna Rain Today
Fools in Love

Sound mix by Edwin Hamilton

And here are some photos I took at the session.

Exclusive Mark Karan performance on KPFA/GDH

Monday, June 22nd, 2009


Because live music’s what it’s all about… Jemimah Puddleduck will celebrate the release of Mark Karan’s Walk Through the Fire by playing on David Gans’ Dead to the World show on KPFA on July 1st, 2009, from 8 pm to about 9:30 pm. You can hear the program live on; it will also be on and

Walk Through the Fire will be released June 30th on Quacktone Records and Dig Music and will be available at stores, iTunes, Rhapsody, Napster, Amazon and so forth, and at Jemimah Puddleduck and RatDog shows.

The album features an outstanding cast of musicians, including Delaney Bramlett (in his first posthumous release), The Persuasions, Bill Payne (Little Feat), The Rowan Brothers, Mike Finnigan (CSN, Hendrix), Hutch Hutchinson (Bonnie Raitt), Pete Sears (Jefferson Starship, Rod Stewart), Wally Ingram (Sheryl Crow, David Lindley), Jimmy Sanchez (Roy Rogers), and more. It also introduces “Jemimah Puddleduck” (JP), Mark’s collaboration over the last decade with John Molo (Phil Lesh & Friends) on drums, JT Thomas (Bruce Hornsby) on keys, and Bob Gross (Albert King, Delaney Bramlett) on bass.

Dead to the World is heard Wednesdays 8-10pm on listener-sponsored KPFA 94.1 fm in Berkeley, California – hosted by musician/journalist David Gans, who will soon be celebrating his 25th anniversary in broadcasting. More information at

Note: all or most of this performance will also be heard on the nationally-syndicated Grateful Dead Hour in the weeks to come.


Saturday, January 10th, 2009

This just in from Maile Hatfield, wife of Mark Karan:

Just wanted to share the joy… Mark has just gotten the results of his latest MRI.. ALL CLEAR!!! That’s one year now… and we’re grateful every day.

Now on with the music!!!!!

He’ll be performing with RatDog in Jamaica later this month, then working to finish his album this spring, and we’ll tell you shortly about a few special events!

GD Hour archive on DeadNet

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Just a reminder that we post a show from the Grateful Dead Hour archives on DeadNet every Wednesday.

Today’s post is GD Hour #977, part 1 of a June 2007 interview with Ratdog lead guitarist Mark Karan. Part 2 will go up next Wednesday.

Happy holy daze, everybody!

Mark Karan w/ Boris Garcia

Monday, December 15th, 2008

Susana Millman posted a couple of nice photos from the 12/10/08 Boris Garcia live broadcast w/ Mark Karan.

Music Box interview with Mark Karan

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

From John Metzger’s online magazine The Music Box:

Last year, Music Box correspondent Douglas Heselgrave sat down with Ratdog‘s Mark Karan to talk about the guitarist’s unique role within the band. A few months later, Karan was forced to withdraw from the road in order to seek treatment for throat cancer. Following up on their prior conversation, Heselgrave and Karan chatted about recent events, including Karan’s health, his forthcoming outing with Jemimah Puddleduck, and his return to Ratdog for the outfit’s spring tour. Read the article here.

And take a look at last year’s Music Box article on Mark.

Mark is Back

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

From the ratdog web site:

our lead guitarist

Short and sweet, Dog Heads: If you were wondering who’s playing lead guitar for our upcoming spring tour, it would be one Mark Karan. In the words of our fearless leader Senor Weir, “Mark’s back. It’s pretty much a miracle.”

Mark added, “with much gratitude after long months of hard work, joy, fear, hope, affirmation… and finally triumph… i have been given the ‘all clear’ by my wonderful doctors @ UCSF and am really pleased and excited to be able to say i’ll definitely be on the RatDog bus heading your way this spring. yippee! i’m looking forward to seeing all y’all and to playing with and for you very, very soon… thank you for all the love and support you’ve given me thru my greatest challenge.

much love, MK”