"Mad Season" was a grunge supergroup formed in late 1994 by members of three popular Seattle based bands, as well as a friend of one of the members. Mad Season only released one album, ''Above'', and is best known for the single "River of Deceit."
*Layne Staley - Vocals, Guitar - Alice in Chains
*Mike McCready - Guitar - Pearl Jam
*Barrett Martin - Drums - Screaming Trees
*John Baker Saunders - Bass - the Walkabouts
*Mark Lanegan - Vocals on "Long Gone Day" and "I'm Above" - Screaming Trees
*Skerik - Saxophone on "Long Gone Day" and "I Don't Want to Be a Soldier"
The group began when McCready, Barrett and Baker set up some informal jam sessions. Baker had performed with blues talents such as Little Pat Rushing, Hubert Sumlin, Sammy Fender, and the Lamont Cranston Band.
Immediately the trio wrote two songs, 'Wake Up' and 'River of Deceit', which would later appear on their album ''Above''. McCready called Staley and proposed that he join as the lead singer; Staley accepted.