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"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

Posted by markmay on May 02, 2012 - 11:24 AM (5111 Reads)
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“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 QFM96… Host of “Blue Monday”

Posted by markmay on May 02, 2012 - 11:19 AM (4997 Reads)
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Release My Soul, the 5th cd from Mark May (former guitarist and vocalist for Dickey Betts and Great Southern), is jam-packed with traditional blues, blues-rock and soulful ballads.
Perfecting his craft playing rough and tumble biker bars and blues clubs in Houston, Texas for over 20 years, Mark recently returned to his hometown, Columbus, Ohio, where he performed in nightclubs before his 15th birthday. His astonishing live shows featuring dynamic twin leads and dual harmony guitar work are the perfect complement to Mark’s smooth vocals.
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, Chenango Blues Festival, Lone Star Rally, Dogs on Hawgs, Houston International Festival, and in addition, was opening act for Allman Brothers Amphitheater Tour.
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.

Posted by markmay on May 02, 2012 - 11:03 AM (5224 Reads)
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Please join us in our Musical salute and tribute to the life of Clyde Butch Dempsey to benefit Clyde's children. Sunday, September 26, 2010, 3 pm to 10 pm at the Continental Club, 3700 Main St (@ Alabama), Houston, TX 77002
Posted by drummergirl on Sep 07, 2010 - 12:47 PM (6425 Reads)
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Clyde Dempsey's service will be held on Saturday, July 10th at 2:00 pm at Seabrook United Methodist Church located at 3300 Lakeside Drive, Seabrook, TX
Posted by drummergirl on Jul 05, 2010 - 03:29 PM (6748 Reads)
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We are saddened to announce the passing of our long time drummer and friend, Clyde Dempsey. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Thank you for everyone's support. It's a tough time for us, but we will be back in touch as soon as we know about arrangements, benefit, memorial, whatever needs to be done.
Posted by drummergirl on Jun 23, 2010 - 12:36 PM (5600 Reads)
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MARK MAY BAND



The new Mark May Band Live cd is now available at Flyindog Records, CD BABY, and Cactus Records, Houston, TX.


Mark May Band Releases "IN TEXAS LIVE" CD
Flyindog Records, LLP, Official Press Release, Jan. 12, 2010
www.flyindogrecords.com


The Mark May Band has officially released its 4th cd, "IN TEXAS LIVE" (Flyindog Records, LLP, 2009). The new cd is the band's first live album and presents a compilation of live songs recorded during 2002-2009. The cd features Mark's smooth vocals, along with the dynamic twin leads and dual electric harmony guitar work the band is known for. The Texas-based blues rock band's new cd includes Mark's original songs, classic blues, and even steps into the jam band territory on this outing with their versions of "Ohio" and "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed". The cd spotlights the current band members, Dan Cooper (bass), Paul Ramirez (guitar) and Clyde Dempsey (drums), in addition to former guitarists including Kirk McKim (Pat Travers Band), Kenny Cordray, and Matt Johnson. This cd finally gives the people a taste of what the band's live show is all about!


"IN TEXAS LIVE" REVIEWS:

"This one is definitely a feast for listeners who never get tired of hearing guitar licks, especially if they are delivered with fleet fingers and an aggressive attitude… May and his friends definitely deliver the goods at every turn. If you enjoy blues-rock guitar, you are going to love this recording." BLUESBLAST MAGAZINE

“A world class guitarist with a style that could cut glass, he is nothing short of mesmerizing on his latest release…great arrangements, top-notch precision, and breathtaking dual guitar work…the very best blues guitarist in Houston.” HOLLYWOOD STEVE RANGEL, MUSIC NEWS HOUSTON


ABOUT THE BAND:

Mark May was guitarist, vocalist, member of Dickey Betts and Great Southern from 2000-2001, and recorded the cd Collectors II/Let's Get Together (Dickey Betts and Great Southern), which features 2 songs written by Mark May. Mark has been featured in Guitar Player, Guitar World, Blues Revue Magazine, Vintage Guitar.. The band is currently getting heavy rotation on Sirius/XM Radio BB King's Bluesville.

The Mark May Band, formerly Mark May & the Agitators, was formed in 1992. Original members included Mark May (guitar/vocals), Dan Cooper (bass), Danny Goza (drums), and Dave Nevling (harmonica, vocals). With that lineup, the band recorded it's first cd Call on the Blues (Icehouse Records, 1995) featuring special guests Joe Guitar Hughes and Eric Demmer (sax). Soonafter, the band implemented a second guitar format which it has retained up to the present. Billy Wells and Greg Grubbs joined the band for the second cd,
Telephone Road-Houston, Texas (Icehouse Records, 1997) featuring special guests Larry McCray, Eric Demmer (Clarence Gatemouth Brown), Alan Haynes, Memphis Horns, Travis Doyle. On Doll Maker (Textone Records, 2003), guitarist/vocalist John Zuliger "JZ", along with special guests Dickey Betts, Jr. Ortiz and Skip Nalia, joined Mark, Greg and Dan for the 3rd cd.



PAST REVIEWS:

"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

"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 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

Posted by drummergirl on Feb 18, 2010 - 02:27 PM (7214 Reads)
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to view Mark May cover article in Tonequest Report Guitar Magazine



Click here to download Mark May Band reunion video "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" (105 MB, .MP4 file), December 2009, Texas Rock Tavern




Posted by drummergirl on Dec 06, 2009 - 12:48 AM (7657 Reads)
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Click here to order the new Mark May Band cd IN TEXAS LIVE



Also, look for the ToneQuest Report Magazine interview coming early 2010.


To join our email list and receive the latest Mark May Band news and updates, please send an email to markmayband@yahoo.com and write "subscribe" in the subject line.



Posted by drummergirl on Nov 28, 2009 - 07:20 PM (6401 Reads)
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Ozell Roberts
The Mark May Band and Family and Friends would like to invite everyone to celebrate the life of our dear friend and mentor, Mr. Ozell Roberts, who passed away on Good Friday, April 10th, 2009. There will be a Memorial Jam and Benefit in his honor on Sunday, April 19th at The Spot, 1732 West 18th Street, Houston, TX 77008. Tel: 713-864-4485

Map & Directions to The Spot



Posted by drummergirl on Apr 15, 2009 - 02:19 PM (3008 Reads)
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Posted by drummergirl on Apr 26, 2008 - 08:58 PM (1631 Reads)
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The Mark May Band would like to welcome Paul Ramirez on guitar!

We would also like to welcome Clyde Dempsey back on drums, and send out a special thanks to Mark Dufrene!
Posted by drummergirl on Apr 04, 2006 - 06:58 PM (8484 Reads)
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The Mark May Band would like to congratulate their former band member Kirk Mckim on his joining the Pat Travers Band! They are gearing up for a summer tour so go check them out if you get a chance. Visit the Pat Travers official website at www.pattravers.com, or check out the latest pictures of the Pat travers Band with Kirk on guitar and vocals at St.Petersburg and Fort lauderdale at http://www.pattravers.com/slideshows/st_petersburg_2005/ and http://www.pattravers.com/slideshows/fort_lauderdale_2005/.
Posted by drummergirl on Apr 04, 2006 - 06:55 PM (8214 Reads)
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