Diesel Americana Tour
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Americana. It’s music that draws from America’s roots, from country,folk, bluegrass, R&B, the blues … But to Mark Lizotte, the musician knownand loved as Diesel, Americana is the very core of his being. It’s the music ofhis childhood and, as an artist born in America and raised in Australia, a linkback 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 guitaristsand 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 respectto Tom Petty, CCR, The Band, Bruce Springsteen, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, NeilYoung, Bonnie Raitt and more.
The selection process was tortuous – “It’s such a deep well; how farback do you go? I literally went: OK, I’ve got five minutes, grab the mostessential things out of your house before the house burns down!” Hisapproach was to pluck a song from one artist, then throw it into another realm.“OK, you’re from Nashville? I’m gonna take you to New York.” Or in the case ofFire and Rain: “I’ve taken James Taylor and shoved him into a Memphis studiowith Al Green.”
The doorway into Americana,however, is a creation all Diesel’s own. Hank’s Dream was a melody thatcircled his head during three sleepless nights in New York last year and itstitle refers to the spark that brought the Lizottes to Australia all thoseyears ago: Dad Hank’s dream of a different life on the other side of the world.
Uncannily, around the same time, one of the Lizzotte boys stumbled upona photo from Hank and Theresa’s wedding album. “It’s this incredible black andwhite photo of them in front of this in front of this ridiculously big oldBuick that they borrowed – they got married on a shoestring and borrowed a carfrom the Navy,” Diesel says. “There they are, in front of it, all dressed up …that’s classic Americana to me. So when this album happened I was like,‘There’s my cover’.
So now, 27 years after he busted out of the garage and into theAustralian psyche with Don’t Need Loveand Soul Revival, it’s time for fansto circle back and hear the songs that made the man. Americana.To coincide with the release of Americana, Diesel will be embarking on anational Australian tour from September 2016. He’ll be playing in solomode, giving fans the opportunity to see a more intimate and strippedback performance that features the distinct guitar playing and powerhouse vocalsthat Diesel has become renowned for. The set will feature tracks from Americana as well as singles and othergems spanning his 15-album career.