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Willie Dixon dubbed Mark, "Walkin' Cane Mark" in 1988 when he was recovering from a crippling car accident. It was also Dixon who first recognized Mark's passion for blues and soul music. Dixon gave Cane “Gravedigger Blues" for his first CD. Walkin' Cane Mark was taught his first harmonica licks by renowned band leader R.D. Olson, then went on to refine his technique under the tutelage of Chicago harp legends Snooky Pryor & Junior Wells. Today Mark plays in a “Mississippi Saxophone” style much like Snooky Pryor,(starting songs with a honking harmonica into thus directing the backing band in the formation and feel of the song). Mark is known amongst other musicians for keeping the Snooky Pryor post World War II harmonica sound alive. Mark is also well known for mixing a Classic "Memphis Soul" sound with his vocal delivery and larger than life stage presence.