Genres:Folk, Country - Contemporary/Pop, Country - Classic, Country - Bluegrass, Jazz - 20’s - 40’s, Rock - Vintage Rock/Pop, Rock - Roots Rock
“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
mark lucas & the dead setters
In 2011 with half a dozen albums under his belt & a new studio album with long-time collaborators, the Dead Setters, hitting the street, singer-songwriter Mark Lucas continues to explore the storytelling soul at country music’s heart.
“Putting on the Dog”, Mark’s fourth album with 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.
As a songwriter, Mark has won a number of awards including a Pater World Media Award (Australian Academy of Broadcast Arts & Sciences), he was named Top 20 Finalist at the 2005 MusicOz Awards Folk Artist of the Year for his track ‘To The Limit’. He was again named a Top 20 Finalist in the 2006 MusicOz Awards Folk Artist of the Year with two tracks making the cut ‘Dryland Sea’ and ‘Monsters Ball’. His track ‘Girl on a Motorbike’ made the Top 70 in Country Artist of the Year.
The 2006 International Songwriting Competition recognised Mark’s songwriting talents with a finalist inclusion out of over 14,000 entries in the Americana section for his ‘For Everything Else I Got You’.
Another of Mark’s self-penned tracks ‘Tearin’ This Old House Down’ was named a semi-finalist in the 2007 TSA National Country Songwriting Contest, and he scored 7th place in the 2007 Australian Songwriters Assoc Contest with ‘Heartbeat Waltz’ (he has been a finalist every year since 2000).
The Dead Setters made the Top 10 finalists in Best Australian Group in both the 2007 & 2008 Victorian & National Country Music Awards.
In 2009 Mark elected to leave the competition field to hungrier hearts.
“This guy was born to write songs that you’d want to hear on your car stereo as you hit the road”
–Brent McKean, Revolver
“A seamless mix of country & folk from Down Under…encapsulates perfectly the appeal of the true singer-songwriter.” ****–MM, Maverick Magazine (UK)
“one of Australia's premier songwriters” - Ken Date krdcountry.com
“...check him out as he offers something unique in a world populated by clones and yesterday’s music.” - Jon Wolfe, Tamworth City News