10 Questions with Mark Hitt.

Guitarist Mark Hitt of the legendary band Rat Race Choir joins me for a great conversation on all things music.

Mark with Brian Johnson of AC/DC.

Mark with Robin Zander of Cheap Trick.

14 thoughts on “10 Questions with Mark Hitt.

  1. My Rock Band DELTA was in CTA with RRC in the 1970’s . We did a lot of the same clubs back in the good old days. Mark’s Guitar playing is Out of this World!

  2. As a founding member of gates pass from 1971 to 1973 I was constantly amazed and inspired by Mark . From the drift inn in Ossining to the OBIs on long Island to dorians in Newport it was music first every step of the way . Always a great friend and amazing sense of musical adventure. Lovya Mark,. Bernie

  3. He really is a good guy. Our conversation went on much longer than what is recorded here simply because we were having fun just talking music!

  4. I first met Mark in the late 70’s when I was managing a small music store I wasn’t sure what to think of him before meeting him. You know, Local guitar hero, big reputation a very easy road to big ego and a my shit don’t stink attitude. Well, it turns out that he was just the opposite, a really nice guy great to hang out with and even asked me if I wanted him to show me some Jimmy Page licks after just meeting him. Over the years he has not changed. Just a really nice guy, incredible talent and a truly good dude.

  5. One of the greatest to play the instrument and just an all around good guy. Congrats on the great interview.

  6. Back in the 90’s, Mark was the busiest guitar lesson teacher on the planet … he’d hit my house in Hillsdale for my brother in law, then go next door to give lessons to a band of 3 or 4 guys, then down to New Milford to give my brother lessons … after that he would be doing gigs all over the place … whether he was needed for rhythm or lead, he would make any band demonstratively better (Mofo’s) … He was also in huge demand doing studio work … I remember when a radio station was doing a parody of Pete Townshend Who tunes and they used Mark to play all the tracks … he was so quick figuring out everything by ear that they told him they had wished they had been paying him by the hour ! He was always one of the nicest people you would ever want to meet … Gotta catch up with him at one of his Westchester County gigs in the near future …

  7. Partied with Mark in the 70”s, 1 memorable night after RRC played at the fore n Aft Brewster we went to Norm”s a legendary saloon, 1 of The regular”s heard that Mark was a guitarist and handed Mark an old beat up folk guitar and sarcastically said show me how good you are, Mark takes the guitar tunes it for a minute and plays the 1st minute of “Let it Rain” everybody is clapping and howling while the guy grabs his guitar and slides out of the bar classic Mark Hitt moment!

  8. I first met Mark in 1978 when my group was playing shows with RRC at Glen Island Casino. We must have played two dozen show with them through the years. I never heard Mark have a “bad night”. One night in our dressing room at a club he played my Martin acoustic and was brilliant. Mark is one of the best guitarist I know and a great guy.

  9. I had the pleasure of working with Mark at various times from 1979 through the 90’s… via various RRC eras… and i love his style/energy and power! I miss hearing it live every night. Mark… i can’t wait to own an album from you! Cheers to ya’, buddy!

  10. Great interview..Mark not only a great guitar player but a very personable guy and friend..

  11. Absolutely. The guy can play like Clapton combined with Holdsworth. He is a great guy to talk to as well!

  12. Mark Hitt is one of the best guitar talents in the country. Any band would be lucky to have him.

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