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. It is currently 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 recently finished building 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
After receiving his first guitar at age eight, R.A. Gibbs was off and running. Playing everything from Bluegrass to Blues, roots music has always been in his blood. Hearing Duane Allman and Johnny Winter at an early age, he fell in love with slide guitar. Opening for such acts as Lynyrd Skynyrd and New Riders of the Purple Sage, he has honed his chops., He has played with such bands as Live Wire, Crossfire, Random Shake and the Highway Kings. With all his experience, Robert powerful slide guitar style is the perfect fit for the MTB.
Antony is an extremely talented drummer born for the Blues. Playing professionally since 1984, his style has been noted as exceptionally dynamic from the lightest touch to the most thunderous strike, but always in the pocket and mindful of the groove. Antony grew up in New York where feel and passion comes first, and it shows when he lays it down for the band and audience.