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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 (11270 Reads)
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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

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!


"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


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.


"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 (15812 Reads)
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to download hi-resolution IN TEXAS LIVE poster (57 MB)

Click here
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 (13742 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.

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Posted by drummergirl on Nov 28, 2009 - 07:20 PM (11023 Reads)
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