Mark Karan - Walk
Through The Fire
Jim Moulton, CSO Staff Journalist
became interested in reviewing Mark Karan for one reason
only, because He played in Ratdog, Bob Weir's Band, and he
had played with the Other Ones a few years ago, a group
consisting of The Grateful Dead without deceased Jerry
Garcia. Karan and Steve Kimock were the guitarists. This is
a very eclectic recording, but one thing is consistent ,
Karan provides lots of good guitar chops and jams many a
song out at the end. Karan is a super talented guitarist,
with many tones being shared in the mix. His guitar sound
reminds me a bit of the legendary Dickey Betts and others.
"Walk Through The Fire" is a song written while going
through cancer treatments, which is a slow paced, but
victorious song. Karan plays some beautiful slide on this
song, and has some help with some all star musicians
throughout the album, like the Persuasions, Billy Payne of
Little Feat, The Rowan Brothers, and a release of rock
legend Delaney Bramlett, that was came out after his death
titled "Love In Vain."
Light On" by Mark Karan, is my favorite, it has a real nice
slow, groove to it and I love the guitar jam at the end of
the song. The whole album has a neat Americana, bluesy type
sound to it. He does a great job at jamming out on the
Dead's "Easy Wind" which is the only Grateful Dead song
here. His vocals have some pigpen grit here, John Molo,
sounds great on drums.
Through The Fire was recorded over a four year period in
six studios by eight engineers with twenty five musicians.
Karan produced the record himself. It was mixed by Davy
Vain, and mastered by the great Gavin Lurssen at Lurssen
Mastering (student of the great Doug Sax).
Radio" is another bouncy song I like a lot, real melodic,
great hooks, nice guitar.
present band, Jemimah Puddleduck, shows up all over the
place. This group showcases Karan on lead and all guitar,
John Molo on drums, JT Thomas (Bruce Hornsby) on keyboards,
and Bob Gross (Albert King, Delaney Bramlett) on bass.
This is a
solid recording, go on and pick up a copy.
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