Australian roots music – it’s a sense of place. In the world reflected in the dead setters new album you’ll encounter ghosts of the past & yearning spirits of the present, making themselves known in a variety of familiar locales, including a faded milk bar in inner-western Sydney (Shopping Town), wasted youth drag racing on Sydney’s Great Western Highway (Whitewall Tyres), and a lonely man obsessed with a long gone Australian silent movie star (Until She’s Mine – Lotte Lyell’s Blues), together with a motley cast of misfits & dreamers who could fit in just about anywhere there’s people & stories to tell.
Mark’s fourth album with long-time collaborators, the dead setters, sees a return to the Laughing Outlaw family (his first two solo albums were label releases in the 1999 & 2001), bringing with him a band with a reputation for delivering dynamic live shows drawing from a broad and earthy palette, but never straying far from the narrative tradition & some pithy observations on life & humanity. Not unlike contemporaries such as label-mates Perry Keyes & Jason Walker, they’ve discovered that’s there’s a rich vein of life in their home-town.
“Putting On The Dog, perfectly exemplifies Lucas’s love of the Heartworn Highways singer-songwriter school and hisdetermination to tell Australian stories. Backed by the Dead Setters Lucas sounds right at home – like he’s where he’sdestined to be.”
– Martin Jones, Rhythms Magazine
“A literate songwriter, in the tradition of Texas troubadours Joe Ely, James McMurtry & Robert Earl Keen, whose vignettes come alive with recognisable characters & familiar backdrops, Mark has pulled out all stops here to produce his strongest and most accessible album yet”.
– Kim Cheshire, Country Update Magazine
“a fine collection of tunes that will play well in your car CD player making the road miles disappear under your wheels.”
– Maverick magazine (UK)
“These Australians seem to preserve traditions by playing, to define precisely what roots rock is all about: the lack of pretension, the only way to get your precious music, a question of the right feeling.”
– *** John Gjaltema, Alt Country NL
“An album that puts Lucas up there with the best of singer songwriters, Americana with Australian stories.”
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