Singer-songwriter, Mark Lucas doesn’t fit neatly into the mould of contemporary Australian country artists. A resident of inner-western Sydney, Mark spins tales rooted in the dark underbelly of urban experience and informed by a land as untamed and contrasting as the characters who inhabit it.
With over 20 years experience playing in and fronting bands- from the late '70's London pub scene, to a diverse range of bands in Sydney from the mid '80's, Mark's musical journey has taken him from early country influences, through blues, folk rock,'80's pop and back to a unique blend of all.
Indeed his bands have helped spawn some notable careers...Jodi Phillis (Clouds, Dearhunters) was a creative partner in the mid '80's (in the pop/rock groups Fifth Business & NuGenes), and also familiar may be Matt Handley (Pollyanna) whose first post High School gig was as drummer with Fingerpop. More recently, Mark will be familiar to many as the leader of local ‘urban & western’ exponents, The Parwills, whose critically acclaimed 1996 album "Bootheels of Desire" declared "alt country" alive and well Downunder.
Mark’s first exposure to country music was in the late ‘70’s through a group of friends in his native England, who discovered the then burgeoning Texas singer-songwriter scene (Guy Clark, Townes van Zandt, The Flatlanders etc), as well as California based country artists such as Buck Owens and the late Gram Parsons. Now, in 2004 with two internationally well received solo albums under his belt he continues to explore the storytelling soul at country music’s heart.
Debut solo release "Jukebox Jury" was released in late 1999 and, featuring the undoubted talents and energies of the likes of Andrew Claremont (fiddle), Michel Rose (steel guitar), Jim Conway (harp), and Larry Muhoberac (piano), positively bristles with drive.
2002's “The Ghost of Lost Creek Road”, further cemented his growing reputation as one of Australia’s more individual songwriting talents.
This release sees him truly step out into his own. Melding a rich but natural mix of folk, country and blues roots with a sharp pop sensibility, Mark spins us stories of ordinary people and the world we inhabit expressed with a realism tempered by a dry wit.
As a songwriter, Mark has won a number of awards including a Pater World Media Award (Australian Academy of Broadcast Arts & Sciences) as well as well as being a finalist and featuring in the top ten in the ASA National Songwriting Competition in 2000, 2002 and 2003.
Whilst the roots/country feel prevails, Mark’s songwriting truly captures a spirit of place having a style which is distinctly Australian yet not Australiana; if you warm to the passion of other contemporary Australian singer/songwriters such as Paul Kelly, Kevin Bennett or Broderick Smith, then you’re bound to find something to hang your hat on here.
2005, sees the release of his third album with long-time co-producer, Glenn Skarratt: “White Man Soul, Sun-burned Country & the Urban Blues” is a collection of new songs in a more acoustic format, featuring a core group of Mark Oats (Bushwackers)- fiddle, Glenn Skarratt - mandolin, and Michael Vidale (Feral Swing Cats)- bass. The album is already garnering critical acclaim across the globe, and if you’re in the vicinity of Sydney grab the chance to catch Mark and his band, The Dead Setters at one of their shows.
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