Mark Andes

If his extraordinary career concluded with his tenure in the legendary Spirit, Mark Andes’ bass place in rock history -along with this rhythm section partner Ed Cassidy - would have been secured – but it was only the beginning.  An accomplished vocalist, composer, and solo recording artist who renders melodic pocket passages and can improvise with the best of ‘em (“Oh No”, Mark moved forward to wax sides and hits aplenty as a member of Heart, Jo Jo Gunne, and Firefall. And if that weren’t enough, Mark is an in-demand session cat and bandmate whose list of collaborators include Joe Walsh, Dan Fogelberg, Ian Matthews, Stevie Nicks, Ian McLagan, Robert Mirabal, Jim Lauderdale, Eliza Gilkyson, John Fahey, Kim Carnes, and Alejandro Escovedo to cite a very select few.

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And it’s always heartening when your bass heroes are the people you like them to be - I met Mark when he worked with singer / songwriter Kelly Wills in the late 1990s – a genuinely humble gent, and prince of a man.