This week we offer up big congrats to Mark Telesca as his little engine that could release, Heavy Breathing, takes the top spot. So far this year it has been one of the most pleasant and surprising releases to come our way.
one of the best new releases this year....Metro Music Mayhem
"Expect to see hear a lot about this fire breathing blues monster coming up."
Blues Blast Magazine
"Lead vocalist and bassist Mark Telesca and his posse roar!"
Hot House Magazine
"Their big blues sound confirms they belong among the big names"
New Times Magazine
" While blues purists might attempt to find fault with the blending of styles (as well as the modernizing of classic songs), This band lends an element of technical superiority to the mission that should quiet such criticisms. 1906, 2006 — it's all good"
The Bamboo Room
"They will Slay you down on the Killing Floor"
The Palm Beach Post
" Mark Telesca breathes fire!"
"Mark Telesca's agenda is being met, by just being himself"
The Palm Beach Post
" When Telesca decided to form his own blues band a year ago, the singing bassist wanted something different. Boynton Beach based MTB succeeds in that regard on a few levels - some intentional ; some not.
Mary 4 Music
Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro
"Just by looking at Mark Telesca, if you would try to guess the type of music he plays or the style in which he sings, "Paint It Blue" would be the song you might choose. He doesn't just wear this look, he sings it as well., tough, gritty, intense, and confident? "You're damn right".....which, by the way, is the chorus line sung by the background singers. On top of all that vocal attitude, Steve's displaying some of it as well, with his best licks on the lead guitar. This is one smokin' track."
Making A Scene
"Telesca’s clear vocals are impressive but it’s his songwriting that will hook you. Telesca has written or co-written all but one of the songs. “I Don’t Need Your Lovin’ Anymore” is the perfect choice as the opening track. Gibbs guitar punctuates the lyrics."
Main Event Talent Agency
You finished your gig 20 minutes ago and I have already gotten a note from the manager that your band was great tonight at Hard Rock Cafe. THAT'S what I'm talkin' ' bout!! THANK YOU, Mark, nicely done! : )
New Times Magazine
The project of bassist Mark Telesca, takes a spin through pre-WWII blues throwing in touches of contemporary R&B, AOR, and storytelling. Recorded this past July, Alive at the Bamboo Room gives fans of the blues, the Allman Brothers, and Jethro Tull all of that and more. The album kicks off with a version of the Son House classic "Death Letter," a song that allegedly influenced even the great Robert Johnson. After that, the band takes the listener on a trip through the cotton fields of the rural South, pausing briefly in post-war Chicago for a Willie Dixon cut, the raunchy "Back Door Man," made famous by Howlin' Wolf and the Doors. "John the Revelator," Blind Willie Johnson's classic take on rural gospel-turned-blues, gets a contemporary update with jazzysaxophone, wah-wah-meets-heavy-distortion guitar shredding, and liberal doses of hand drums sprinkled throughout.
His “HOOK” oriented songwriting style and storytelling lyrics along with his expressive style of bass playing and powerful lead vocal is capturing the attention of music lovers everywhere.
Mark has released his first solo studio CD titled “Heavy Breathing” in January of 2015. His CD spent many months on steady rotation on SIRIUSXM RADIO (Bluesville). The CD is receiving rave reviews and reached the #5 spot on "Blues Power Radio's Top 30" Blues Albums. He has had three singles off the Heavy Breathing CD that has charted on Blues 411 Baker's Dozen of Blues. "If You Got Enough Jack" has reached #5 " Cross the Dog" has reached #2 and "I Don't Need Your Lovin' Anymore" has reached #1 !!!
In January 2015, Mark took his band to Memphis, TN to compete in the International Blues Challenge (IBC) and were semi finalists.
Mark has also started a career playing solo acoustic guitar focusing on Pre-WWII blues, Americana and his own original music.
He has since competed in his local IBC challenge as a solo artist. He has been fortunate enough to win himself another spot in to compete again in Memphis in January 2016. He will be representing The South Florida Blues Society.
Mark is very proud to be endorsed by Delaney Guitars. Delaney Guitars has built the Mark Telesca Bass Model. They are calling the bass the "TRADITION" model based on its traditional looks, feel and sound. It is currently available for purchase www.delaneyguitars.com
Mark is out gigging almost every night promoting the new CD. In addition to his hectic gigging schedule, he is the host of one of the most popular Pro Blues Jams in the Southeast. The Jam takes place every Monday at the Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton, FL. There are many touring artist who make it a point to spend some extra time in sunny Florida just to attend and hopefully participate in this high quality Jam.
As well as being a songwriter, singer, guitarist, and band leader, Mark is a touring bassist supporting many blues / rock artists. He is currently touring with “Blue Mercy” Featuring 2014 Blues Music Award winner and 2015 Blues Music Award Nominee Diunna Greenleaf.
Mark was the bassist along with 2010 Blues Music Award Winner and 2015 Grammy Winner Jason Ricci on Harmonica in The Keith Brown Trio. They later recorded Keith’s album “Down the Line” an acoustic album.
Influences are: The Delta Blues, Gospel Music and Motown.
Bass influences are James Jamerson, Donald Duck Dunn, Oteil Burbridge, Willie Weeks ... Just to name a few.