Mark Hanson

Mark Hanson Biography

 Fingerstyle guitarist Mark Hanson has authored nearly 30 books and videos on acoustic guitar, many published by his company, Accent On Music.  He regularly presents concerts and master classes, including the annual Accent On Music Guitar Seminar in Portland, Oregon.  Mark has shared the stage with such luminaries as John Renbourn, Laurence Juber, Alex de Grassi, Pat Kirtley and the late Jerry Garcia.  Mark's most recent recording is called "Power of Two", an instrumental duet album with guitar master Doug Smith.  It is on the Solid Air label, and is available on his site Accent On Music.

 Mark's music is heard regularly on syndicated radio and television programs, including Martha Stewart Living.  He regularly performs live on National Public Radio's West Coast Live program.  In the late 1980's, Mark was an editor and columnist at Frets Magazine, interviewing guitarists such as James Taylor, David Crosby and Leo Kottke.  Mark's writings and music appear regularly in such magazines as Acoustic Guitar and Fingerstyle Guitar.

Mark Hanson and his wife Greta Pedersen founded Accent On Music in 1985 to produce high-quality educational books, CDs and videos for guitarists.  Included in its catalog are an in-depth teaching book on Paul Simon's guitar style, two book/CD publications on the music of fingerstyle virtuoso Leo Kottke, and the best-selling Complete Book of Alternate Tunings.  Other topics include Mark Hanson's Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar and Flute and Guitar, plus accompaniment and solo "Travis" picking books, slide guitar, 12-string guitar and a variety of Christmas titles.

Mark Hanson

Mark Hanson

 Mark Hanson won a Grammy Award in February, 2005 for his contributions to the Henry Mancini:   Pink Guitar recording.  He is one of the top educators in fingerstyle guitar today.  His most recent book titled Hymns and Spirituals for Fingerstyle Guitar, was published in December 2005.  Four of Mark's titles have been named to the Top 100 acoustic music publications by Acoustic Guitar magazine.

Mark played at the Coffee Gallery Backstage on January 16, 2010.  Click here to see video.

Several of the songs on this CD
were recorded at Eagle Canyon Music

Key To The Kingdom
Taylor's Ferry

You Don't Know Me

Authorís Notes - Mark Hanson

This first solo CD since Yuletide Guitar, has been released to critical acclaim.  The recording includes 14 tunes: 12 solo fingerstyle tunes, and two "produced" tunes with additional guitars, drums, and Hammond B-3 organ.

Among Markís new compositions are the 6-minute-long tour-de-force "Unicycle", the jaunty "Beeline", and the beautiful ballad "Postscript".  For the hip band version of Mark's tune "The Wad", he brought in two talented friends: jazz drummer Carlton Jackson, and keyboardist George Mitchell, a longtime member of Diana Rossí band.

Also included for the first time on a listening CD are new and enhanced arrangements of Markís hits "Key to the Kingdom", "Mt. Tabor Breeze", and "Taylorís Ferry". Mark has recorded haunting solo versions of "Foggy Dew", "Water Is Wide", and his stunning rendition of the Ray Charles hit "You Donít Know Me". 

In Eagle Canyon Music, 14 July 2007
Working on a new CD


14 July 2007


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