TOP 10 BILLBOARD BLUES ARTIST
Mark May Band's new album Blues Heaven reached number 6 on the Billboard Blues chart. The highly acclaimed album remained in the charts for 5 weeks.
Mark May has returned back to his 2nd home, Houston Texas, to put together his dream band. The stellar, all-star lineup features Eric Demmer (Gatemouth Brown) on sax and Mark's former partner in crime, guitarist Paul Ramirez, who spent 6 years with the band from 2004 to 2010. Along with Darrell Lacy on bass and Dante Ware on drums, together they form a powerhouse of musical interplay, staggering solos and beautiful harmonies. Mark plans to release his 7th album with the new lineup sometime in the late summer/early fall of 2017.
To describe some artist's music with one word would be easy but to do that with Mark May's music would be impossible. But there's one thing for sure, it's all dripping with his rich love for the blues. It all started with a musical family with his older brother Ken teaching him guitar and introducing Mark to such artist as the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. Mark also has a lot of country music background with his mother and uncle being country/bluegrass singers and songwriters. The former Dickey Betts and Great Southern guitarist and vocalist found the blues when his aunt lent him a copy of B.B. King's "Live in Cook County Jail" when he was just 11 years old. He took to it and ran.
Mark currently gets heavy rotation on Sirius/XM and Sonic Tap radio. He has been featured in Blues Review, Guitar Player, Guitar World, Vintage Guitar, Tone Quest and other major publications.
Eric is known as one of the best sax players in the country. If 12 years with legendary blues master Gatemouth Brown isn't enough,
Eric has also performed with many well known musicians including Carlos Santana, B.B. King, David Sanborn, Buddy Guy, Delbert
McClinton, The Allman Brothers and many more. He grew up steeped in the blues and rock and roll of the 70's and 80's.
He absorbed the sounds of The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, B.B. King, and fellow Texan, Stevie Ray Vaughn. One night, Eric was
invited to perform onstage with the legendary Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. From that night forward, Eric joined Gate's band and
traveled all over the world for the next 12 years, until Gate's death in 2005. The journey with "Gate's" band led them to
tour extensively as the opening act for Eric Clapton during his "From The Cradle" Tour.
The Mark May Band has performed at Telluride Blues and Brews, Mississippi Valley Blues Fest, King Biscuit, Tremblant International Blues Festival, Dallas International Guitar Show, Anglesea Blues Festival, Durango Blues Train, Ohio State Fair, Chenango Blues Festival, Lone Star Bike Rally, Dogs on Hawgs, Houston International Festival, and in addition, was opening act for the Allman Brothers 1997 Amphitheater Tour.
With this 13 song CD, Mark and his band deliver the goods that will almost remind you of the double vinyl days of
the past. Already with 5 albums under his belt he's set to release his newest CD, Blues Heaven (Connor Ray Music),
that features The Soul Satyr Horns along with special guest, Greg Martin (Kentucky HeadHunters) Hadden Sayers,
Steve Krase, Eric Demmer (Gatemouth Brown) and John Popovich. This may be Mark's best album to date.
"Equal part blues man and southern rocker, Mark has just released his fifth disc entitled "Release My Soul", his most ambitious and stylistically diverse project to date. Eleven original tracks that showcase his talent to pen strong melodic songs, featuring warm confident vocals and stinging guitar work and instrumentation. If you dig your blues with an attitude, you owe it to yourself to check this one out." - The Blues Hound, 90.1 FM KPFT Houston
"Mark May is far and away one of the most talented and passionate bluesmen I've ever had the pleasure to listen to. His songs work their way into your very soul in a way that makes you feel naughty for liking them so much. His licks are like narcotic "you simply can't wait for that next hit." - Sue Leighton, Program Director QFM9 Host of "Blue Monday"
"When I heard the first CD, Call on the Blues, I was blown away! Mark is one of the best blues-rock artists to come along in years. With great singing/song-writing and guitar playing, he reminds me of everyone from Albert Collins to Stevie Ray to Carlos Santana. Hell, I even heard a couple of my licks in there!" - DICKEY BETTS
"Mark May's gutsy tone, feisty pull-off licks and ground-glass vocals invite comparison to any number of Texas bluesmen. But the twin guitar leads, wah rhythm spanks, and occasional burst of fusionesque melodic complexity that pepper his second release Telephone Road, Houston, TX, make May something much more than just another traditionalist." - GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE
"Mark May's Telephone Road had me so captivated that it almost didn't get reviewed in Blues Revue-I was holding it hostage in my car! May is a lead guitarist with a Southern-Fried sound and jazzy technique that expands beyond the workday blues, this 12-song disc bursts with tons of musical talent." -BLUES REVUE MAGAZINE
"Mark plunges into an Albert Collins song called 'Lights Are On But Nobody's Home'. Just when you think this sweet and powerful rendition of the blues song has been interpreted as well as is possible, Mark slides in with a lead that not only blew me away, he brought the feel to a level that quite frankly probably transcends what anyone could do with it." - REAL BLUES MAGAZINE
"Let's agree that if Dickey Betts calls you out to be his right hand man, you must be doing something right. We caught up with Mark fresh from the van after having played five gigs in three days, on his way to " where else? The next show.“ Riverhorse the ToneQuest Report