Mark Whitman started playing guitar in Walla Walla, WA, then set out for Texas. He played in the Blue Flames one of the first integrated bands in Texas. He then went to work with Don and The Goodtimes and later with The King Biscuit Entertainers.
Mark performed with The Springfield Rifle band, a local favorite for years. In the 1980's Mark joined Ron Ussery and Mike Rogers to form the Sweet Talkin' Jones band. Mark spent three years conducting and arranging for The Seattle Women in Rhythm and Blues Show. Many bands came after that: Bitteroot, O.K. Fine, Duo Glide, The File Gumbo Zydeco Band, Dos Pecos, The Fabulous Cyclones, The Muscletones, Catfish Zydeco, B.I.G. with Dick Powell and Fat James, "The Uptown Allstars", "Plum Loco", and many more.
In one of the great stories of human spirit triumphing over adversity, Mark has battled back from a debilitating stroke suffered in 2007 to regain his place in Seattle's musical world. Physically unable to play his beloved guitar he has refocused his legendary talents to the Hammond Organ with great success! Mark's distinctive vocals and incredible musicality were blessedly never affected by the condition, paving the way for a musical rebirth that has inspired countless friends and audiences alike. Winning the 2010 Washington Blues Society's "Best Male Blues Vocalist" award just proves that Mark is not only "back"....he never left.