Walkin' Cane Mark
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Walkin' Cane Mark
|Also known as||Cane, Mark Cane|
|Born||August 26, 1967|
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
|Died||June 21, 2020|
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
|Genres||Blues, Memphis Soul|
|Labels||JAEN Records, Enable Records, Grand Blues Music - Chicago|
|Associated acts||Junior Wells, Snooky Pryor, Wayne Cochran, Willie Dixon|
(1986) Walkin’ Cane Mark started singing with Phoenix blues bands at 19 years old.
(1989) Mark started his professional career at the age of 22 fronting blues and r&b band “Cold Shott & The Hurricane Horns”, band leader/bass player Ted Kowal wanted a front man that had the live stage presence and wildness of the blue-eyed soul man Wayne Cochran. Ironically this was later also noticed by C.C. Rider alumni and WC Mark was invited as a special guest at two of Wayne Cochran & The CC Riders reunions (2001 & 2003; Hollywood and Miami Florida).
(1994) The start of W C Mark's solo career and the formation of “Walkin’ Cane Mark & A Shot In The Dark”.
(1995) Mark was signed to the independent record label JAEN Records (usually recording with his touring band at the time).
(1996) the 1996 “No Rest For The Wicked” album and tour using featuring ex members of the Parliament Funkadelic (P-Funk) horn section.
(1997-2001) Mark teams up with blues/r&b shouter Nappy Brown for several tours of Europe with "The Nappy Brown/ Walkin’ Cane Mark Blues Show”.
(2001-2010) Mark performed as a side man (harmonica) and semi-retirement.
(2011) Walkin’ Cane Mark was back recording his first album in 11 years, Tryin' To Make You Understand (title song co-written with Junior Wells in 1995).
(2012 – 2013) The launch of Walkincanemark.com. Cane begins work with new manager Christopher Slattery and roots/blues advocate Betsie Brown on Blind Raccoon.
(2013) "Tryin' To Make You Understand – Remastered” released recording nationally and internationally spending more than four weeks in the number one in the "Classic Blues Chart".
Willie Dixon dubbed Mark, "Walkin' Cane Mark" in 1988 when he was forced to walk with a cane after an injury. It was also Mr. Dixon who first recognized Mark's passion for blues and soul music. Dixon gave Cane “Gravedigger Blues" for his first CD. Walkin' Cane Mark was taught his first harmonica licks by renowned band leader R.D. Olson, then went on to refine his technique under the tutelage of Chicago musicians Snooky Pryor & Junior Wells. Mark played in a “Mississippi Saxophone” style much like Snooky Pryor,(starting songs with a honking harmonica intro thus directing the backing band in the formation and feel of the song). Mark was also well known for mixing a classic "Memphis Soul" sound with his vocal delivery and larger than life stage presence. He is also known to be one of the youngest players that used older post WWII style of blues (such as Sunny Boy #1 & Snooky Pryor) harmonica playing. Walkin’ Cane Mark is considered one of the most charismatic live personalities who performed the blues. (Source: “Walkin' Cane Mark’s Blues” by Jarrett Hendricks)
Shaker Harmonica Microphones, RedPlate Amplifiers, Yonberg Harmonicas, Ziggies Music Phoenix
|Album title||Record label||Accreditation||Year of release|
|Out Of Control||Mad Man Records||(featured duet with Chico Chism) as lead vocal with Cold Shott & The Hurricane Horns||1990|
|The Gravedigger||JAEN Records CR 95-1003||Walkin' Cane Mark||1995|
|No Rest For The Wicked||JAEN Records CR 96-2007||Walkin' Cane Mark (featured duet with Lazy Lester)||1996|
|Live In Finland||(unreleased)||Walkin' Cane Mark||1998|
|(I’m) Big –N- Tasty||JAEN Records CR CR99-30012||Walkin' Cane Mark (with Guitar Shorty)||1999|
|The Walkin Cane Mark Blues Band - Live & Lowdown At Monroe's||Walkin' Cane Mark||2001|
|Live Bootleg At Monroe's||Enable Records||Walkin' Cane Mark with His Disciple of Soul Horns||2012|
|Tryin' To Make You Understand - REMASTERED||Enable Records 1001||Walkin' Cane Mark||2015|
|On The Prowl"||Enable Records||Walkin' Cane Mark||2018|
Guest and compilation albums
|That's All Right||JAEN CR95 1006||Harmonica on "Wake Up Marry" and "45 Walking Blues" (also album producer)||1995|
|Desert Blues Vol 1||CDGB Records||(various artists)||1997|
|Forbidden Pleasures||JAEN Records CR99-10013||(lead vocal on "Brown Eyed Girl" and "Jelly Jam")||1997|
|Live at the June Bug Festival||Shaker Music||(various artists)||1999|
|Blues Around the World vol.#1 (Tomiko Dixon & Friends) (two tracks "Gravedigger Blues" & "Back Door Man")||Grand Blues Music||(various artists)||2016|
|Money & Fame" (Rap single)||Guest vocalist, singing lead on chorus||Artist: Salt||2018|
- Blues America (Radio)
- Sound Bites “Gravedigger” review by Lee Poole 1994
- Payson Roundup “Walkin’ Cane's Gonna Boogie” (July 15, 1994) by Joe Harless
- Music Voice Magazine 1995 “Best Blues Vocalist Award (Walkin Cane Mark)”
- IL Blues Magazine Reviews 1995 “Walkin Cane Mark The Gravedigger”
- Music Voice Magazine 1995 “Talent Showcase – Walkin Cane Mark” by Robin Cote
- Blast Magazine (April–May) 1995 “Walkin Cane Mark’s Blues” by Jarrett Hendricks p. 39
- Mesa Tribune Newspaper 1995 “Blues Blast Featuring Walkin Cane Mark” article by Betty Web
- Payson Roundup “June Bug Festival” (1995)
- Image Entertainment May 18, 1995
- Phoenix Gazette (section C1) “Profiles – Concerts” 1996 by Douglas McDaniel
- Living Blues #129 (Sept/Oct) 1996 “No Rest For The Wicked” album review by PRA
- Teton Valley Independent “Brewin The Blues W/ Walkin Cane Mark” July 24, 1997 p. 1B
- Boise Weekly "P Funk & The Cane" July 1997
- Cody Enterprise newspaper "Live In Person" August 1997
- Phoenix Gazette “Walkin’ Cane Intones R&B with Gospel” 1997 by Douglas McDaniel
- Grand Blues Music press release May 2016