Posts Tagged ‘Ratdog’

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


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!

Grateful Dead Hour #1025

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

Week of May 12, 2008

Part 1 21:10
Grateful Dead 8/5/89 Cal Expo, Sacramento CA

Part 2 33:45
Ratdog 3/24/08 The Pageant, St Louis MO
Ratdog 3/25/08 Madison Theater, Covington KY
Ratdog 3/29/08 Landmark Theater, Syracuse NY
Ratdog 4/3/08 Beacon Theater, New York NY

The Grateful Dead Hour is made possible in part this week by the Ten Thousand Lakes Festival, July 23 through 26 in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. Phil Lesh and Friends, Mickey Hart Band, Dark Star Orchestra, The Flaming Lips, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Michael Franti and Spearhead, and more than fifty additional acts. More information and tickets for the 10,000 Lakes Festival are available at

Dead to the World 4/30/08

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

The Golden RoadRatdog 3/24/08 The Pageant, St Louis
I Need a MiracleRatdog 3/25/08 Madison Theater, Covington KY
Been All Around This WorldRatdog 3/29/08 Landmark Theater, Syracuse NY
Franklin’s Tower (acoustic) – Ratdog 4/3/08 Beacon Theater, NYC
Turn On Your Lovelight w/ Dana FuchsRatdog 4/3/08 Beacon Theater, NYC
The River Song w/ Chris Burger, Zachariah Mose, Dana Fuchs, Dred Scott, George Garzone, Doug Yates – Ratdog 4/4/08 Beacon Theater, NYC

Among other credits, Dana Fuchs plays a Janis Joplinesque singer in a wonderful movie called Across the Universe, a musical built around Beatle songs.

Regarding the personnel on “The River Song,” Gary Lambert has the info I was lacking:

“Jay, Kenny and Jeff are all in Alphabet Soup, along with Chris and Zach, DJ Tyko (I think that’s the right spelling) and a rotating cast of friends. Dred is a Bay Area expat — co-founder of Alphabet Soup, President’s Breakfast and other cool bands from the early days of jazz-hiphop fusion. Now lives in Brooklyn and plays regularly with Kenny and many other local hepcats. Garzone and Yates are both highly respected, if not all that well known to the public, saxophonists. George is a well-known jazz educator as well, and was one of Kenny’s primary teachers at the New England Conservatory.”

One More Saturday Night
Bird Song
– Grateful Grass

Keller Williams, Jeff Austin of Yonder Mountain, and Keith Moseley (String Cheese Incident) played Grateful Dead songs in NYC to benefit the Rex Foundation, and they’ve released the show online with the proceeds also going to Rex. More info at and on Keller’s site.

Eric Thompson live in the KPFA studio, talking about Kleptograss and other stuff.

Barefoot Nellie – Black Mountain Boys 1964

Jerry Garcia, banjo; Eric Thompson, guitar; David Nelson, banjo

Jibaro Hoedown
Kleptograss 2/3/08 Verdi Club, San Francisco

Little SadieKleptograss 10/05 reight and Salvage, Berkele CA

Lleveme al Cielo
Viper’s Dream
La Arboleda
Louisiana Blues
Kleptograss 2/3/08 Verdi Club, San Francisco

Rubber Souldiers w/ Robin Sylvester

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Rubber Souldiers 5-7-08

Lorin and Chris and I are delighted to have Robin Sylvester – a genuine English rocker who grew up on the Beatles – joining Rubber Souldiers on bass at the Iron Springs Pub and Brewery on Wednesday, May 7. Showtime is 8pm, and there’s no cover charge! Come to Iron Springs (765 Center Blvd., Fairfax CA) and enjoy a fine meal and some award-winning brews, plus our exuberant and jammy take on the Fab Four.

Bill Kirchen sits in with Ratdog

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

I just got a message from Gary Lambert:

Just had to file this li’l halftime report…

Joining RatDog on “Catfish John” and “West L.A. Fadeaway:”


If you don’t know who Bill Kirchen is, familiarize yourself! He is a master of “dieselbilly” guitar.

Here’s a photo of Bill playing in the KPFA performance studio on 10/30/02, and here he is with Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen at the Hollywood Bowl on 7/21/74.

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”