Americana. It’s music that draws from America’s roots, from country, folk, bluegrass, R&B, the blues … But to Mark Lizotte, the musician known and loved as Diesel, Americana is the very core of his being. It’s the music of his childhood and, as an artist born in America and raised in Australia, a link back to the land he’d left behind.
On his new album Americana, Diesel pays tribute to the artists that inspired the musician he would become – one of our nation’s most lauded, accomplished and hard-working rock guitarists and singers – by putting his own unique stamp on a collection of classic songs.
In short, he re-traces the steps of his musical education paying respect to Tom Petty, CCR, The Band, Bruce Springsteen, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt and more.
The selection process was tortuous – “It’s such a deep well; how far back do you go? I literally went: OK, I’ve got five minutes, grab the most essential things out of your house before the house burns down!”
So now, 27 years after he busted out of the garage and into the Australian psyche with Don’t Need Love and Soul Revival, it’s time for fans to circle back and hear the songs that made the man. Americana.
You can listen to Diesel tell you in his own words about the album concept and the story behind the striking photo on the cover below:
|Diesel’s Americana album introduction|
DIESEL PIECES OF AMERICANA SOLO TOUR
Tickets on sale now
For more information visit: dieselmusic.com.au
Sun 12 Jun
York on Lilydale | Mt Evelyn, VIC
moshtix.com.au | 1300 438 849 or via the venue
Thu 16 Jun
Sutton’s House Of Music | Ballarat, VIC
suttonshouseofmusic.com.au | (03) 5333 4393
Fri 17 Jun
Sutton’s House Of Music, Ballarat, VIC | SOLD OUT!
Americana – Diesel
Out July 1 through Liberation Music