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Currently touring in support of his ninth album release, Mark Lucas is one of the few songwriters able to easily move between a number of different styles and still tell a heart-felt story in every song. 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.
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.
“…an exemplary example of Australian songwriting, full of beautifully restrained playing and honest lyrics.” – Chris Familton, The Music
“All in all, another fine addition to the Lucas catalogue.” - Kim Cheshire, Country Update Magazine
“…after all these years writing and recording songs, he’s still got plenty to draw on, and you just can’t fake soul like this.” – Whisperinandhollerin (Ireland)