Currently talking up his ninth album release, Mark Lucas is an old-school troubadour, an observer of life who employs a deft turn of phrase tempered by a dry wit. Sydney based but originally from rural England, Mark has also spent some significant time in the Western US. All of these influences serve him well as a songwriter in his adopted country - he observes modern Australian culture in much the same way that Canadian Robbie Robertson (“The Band”) observed American life…from a sympathetic outsider who’s fallen in love with a place and it’s people and is able to illuminate the spirit of the everyday life of a “simple” man in this land.
Stepping out from in front of long-time backing band, the Dead Setters, new album “Little Town Blues” (Laughing Outlaw Records LOR174CD), co-produced with Brendan Gallagher (Karma County, Jimmy Little), sees Mark Lucas step out from in front of long-time backing band the Dead Setters to work a distinctly personal seam, drawing from both the confessional and the observational. Some call it Americana with Australian stories...from bluegrass to blues, it's a string-driven thing, with regular sidemen Jake Lardot’s guitar & John Lee's fiddle & mandolin underpinned by Pierre Luniere's double bass, driving the narrative heart of Mark's lyrical journeying.
Mark Lucas - vocals, guitars
Steve Gunning - drums, vocals
Jake Lardot - guitar
John Lee - fiddle, mandolin, vocals
Chris Mearns - bass, vocals
|Influences||Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, Rodney Crowell, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, James McMurtry, Motorhead etc.|
|Links||http://www.facebook.com/marklucassongs http://deadsetters.bandcamp.com/ https://soundcloud.com/marklucas_songsmith http://www.youtube.com/user/deadsetter|
|Location||Sydney, NSW Australia|
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Gig: Mark Lucas & the Dead Setters Venue: 5 Church Street Date:Saturday, 27 February 2016 @ 7:30pm Time: 7:30pm Admission: $10
Gig: Mark Lucas & the Dead Setters Venue: Hotel Gearin Date:Friday, 19 February 2016 @ 8:00pm Time: 8:00pm Admission: FREE
Gig: Mark Lucas & the Dead Setters album launch Venue: Marrickville Bowling Club Date:Sunday, 14 February 2016 @ 8:00pm Time: 8:00pm Admission: No admission details provided
Gig: Mark Lucas & friends Venue: The Gasoline Pony Date:Thursday, 7 January 2016 @ 7:00pm Time: 7:00pm Admission: $5
Gig: Mark Lucas & the Dead Setters Venue: Rozelle Markets Date:Sunday, 27 December 2015 @ 11:00am Time: 11:00am Admission: FREE