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Mark's debut album, Walk Through the Fire, will be released by Quacktone Records and DIG Music on June 30, 2009, and will be available at markkaran.com, in stores nationwide, at digital outlets everywhere (including Itunes, Rhapsody, Napster, and Amazon), at Mark Karan & Jemimah Puddleduck shows, and on RatDog tour. Pre-order from markkaran.com available now.
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, Stockholm Syndrome), Jimmy Sanchez (Roy Rogers), Jackie LaBranch and Gloria Jones (Jerry Garcia Band), Glenn Hartman (New Orleans Klezmer Allstars), and soulful songbirds Amber Morris and April Grisman. 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, Captain Beefheart) on keys, and Bob Gross (Albert King, Delaney Bramlett) on bass. JP is touring in 2009 in support of Walk Through the Fire, and will be making appearances at festivals and clubs nationwide.
Mark says, "I've spent my life playing with great musicians and helping many artists realize their musical visions. Post cancer I felt it was time to make my own statement and make good on my promise to finish my record. I'm thrilled to say that, with a lot of love, hard work and the help of some amazing friends, that's finally happened. Thank you for listening..."
As an offering of gratitude for his own survival, Mark is donating all proceeds from the song "Walk Through the Fire" to the Oral Cancer Foundation.