Mark Dalton - Bass
With his fat, smooth tone and rock solid groove, it is no surprise that Mark has been the "go to" bassist of Seattle bluesmen for decades. Mark began performing and recording in the Midwest at age 15, and by 1969 had played on the Billboard top ten hit "2525" by Zager and Evans. He spent a lot of time in Chicago during this period and carried the blues message across the flatlands with the Liberation Blues Band and Blackjack before moving to the Northwest in the early 70's, where he promptyly hooked up with Irish-American guitarist and blues shouter Tom McFarland. Mark has had a steady career here in the blues ever since, performing and recording with Isaac Scott, Kim Field, Twist Turner, the Slamhound Hunters, Pat "Guitar Slim" Chase, Dave Conant and the Crossroads band before joing up with Chris Stevens over a decade ago.
Mark has also had the pleasure of backing up national blues artists Albert Collins, Charlie Musselwhite, Otis Rush, Eddie Taylor, Hubert Sumlin and Pinetop Perkins, as well as opening for Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Cray,Greg Allman, James Cotton and John Lee Hooker.
A Washinton Blues Society "Best Bass" award winner, "Lifetime Achievement" and "Hall of Fame" nominee, Mark was also inducted in the Nebraska Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his pioneering work in his home state.
Known throughout the musical community by his nickname "the Tall Cool One", Mark has also written prolifically about music for the WBS Blues News, Jet City Blues Blog, Blue Suede News and other publications.