Mark Bryan (born May 6, 1967) is the lead guitarist for the band Hootie & the Blowfish. He also plays the mandolin, among numerous other instruments, and helps with background vocals.
When he was not busy making music with Hootie, Bryan wrote and produced his first solo album, 30 On The Rail, which was released in March, 2000. Mark has produced several albums for other artists. These include Thank You Mark for Danielle Howle, Chances Are for Patrick Davis and Six Times Around the World by Django Walker.
Mark is scheduled to release a second solo release,End of the Frontin early fall '07. Some of the tracks are available on his My Space site at http://www.myspace.com/markbryanmusic and will be available at the Hootie store (http://www.hootie.com), as well as on www.markbryanmusic.com, when the CD is released.
End of the Front features Mark's new and refreshingly diverse material. He enlisted his band mates in The Occasional Milkshake – his three-piece side project – featuring bassist Hank Futch of the Blue Dogs, and Hootie percussionist Gary Greene. Mark also recruited Fred LeBlanc, drummer, lead singer, and explosive device of Cowboy Mouth; Jay Clifford and Ward Williams from Charleston's Jump Little Children; Bela Fleck, and bluegrass icon, Sam Bush.
Bryan appears on the 2007 Cowboy Mouth Live DVD, The Name of the Band is Cowboy Mouth as a guest musician, and played 5 shows with the band in late 2007, filling in for rhythm guitarist Jonathan Pretus.