The Jones Gang feat. Mark Karan
Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, The Jones Gang is an Americana band made up of Travis Jones on vocals, acoustic guitar, and electric guitar; Henry Salvia on keys, vocals, and percussion; Peter Tucker on drums, percussion, and background vocals; Joshua Zucker on upright and electric bass, background vocals, and percussion; and Mark Karan on lead guitar and vocals.
Travis Jones’ musical background reads likes a William Faulkner novel. He began singing Gospel at 4 with his mother, Lottie Mae Adams, a Blues singer who recorded several discs on Paula Records. Years later after leaving the US Army, Jones made his way to California. There, he started several bands and spent considerable time in live theater productions. He’s performed with a wide array of artists, including Asleep at the Wheel, Waylon Jennings, Night Ranger, Doobie Brothers, Houston Jones, Rodney Crowell, Maria Muldaur, and many others.
Henry Salvia was born a dimwitted but honest child in Detroit. As a child, he threatened his parents with becoming a drummer, until he discovered that the piano was larger and heaver. So, naturally, he began to play it. After a long and undistinguished career performing in luxurious hotels and corner dives, Salvia decided to move to Los Angeles to expand his opportunities—and wound up in San Francisco. With all of his experience playing Rock and Country, he has had the honor of working with such artists as Bo Diddley, Rickie Lee Jones, Johnny Colla, Big Jay McNeely, Jessica Mitford, Tommy Ridgley, Big Lou the Accordion Princess, and Johnny Adams.
Rolling Stone describe Peter Tucker as “one of the most creative percussionists to emerge in Rock music.” Originally from Massachusetts, Tucker’s eclectic career began in the early 60s working with Boston-based band The Monks. He’s performed and recorded with many artists, including Tim Hardin, Richie Havens, Guns and Butter, Large and in the Way, The Ray Price Club, Dallas Wayne, The Waybacks, The Cowlicks, and Houston Jones.
Born and raised in Bloomfield, CT, Joshua Zucker studied classical composition, Jazz performance, and ethnomusicology at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, before moving west in 1994. A seasoned upright and electric bassist and vocalist, Zucker is comfortable playing most any musical genre. Throughout his career, he’s worked with countless artists, including the Rowan Brothers, Poor Man’s Whiskey, Houston Jones, Stevie Coyle, Cormack & Ross, Jerry Hannan, Tony Perez & Second Hand Smoke, Cole Tate, David Gans, David Thom, Tim Weed, and Andrew Freeman.
Mark Karan has played the guitar and sung for a number of different artists, including Dave Mason, Huey Lewis, Paul Carrack, Delaney Bramlett, Sophie B. Hawkins, and The Rembrandts. He’s played with Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum and Phil Lesh over the years. In 1998, Karan joined RatDog, a band led by Grateful Dead alumnus Bob Weir. He also records and composes a wide variety of music for film, television, and music libraries. In 2009, Mark Karan released his debut album, Walk Through the Fire, to critical acclaim. The album features Delaney Bramlett, Billy Payne, Mike Finnigan, Pete Sears, John Molo, Hutch Hutchinson, The Persuasions, the Rowan Brothers, and many others.