Returning to his roots
Mark Lizotte mixes his Aussie upbringing and USA birthplace with new album and tour
AUSTRALIAN icon Mark Lizotte, professionally known as Diesel, will be bringing a bit of fire and rain to Rooty Hill RSL on Friday.
The 50-year-old singer will be performing from his new album called Americana. As its name suggests the songs come from his American roots but are salted with some creative flare.
The track list includes a guitar-infused version of Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire, Bob Dylan’s Queen Jane Approximately with a country twist and a Byron Bay rebirth of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Born on The Bayou.
The six-time ARIA winner decided to create the album as a way to celebrate music that has fascinated him from childhood.
The artist admitted that his strong connection to the land of his birth had a lot to do with being raised in Australia.
“Moving out here from America, then moving back and forth again … I wonder if I would have as much fascination and love for American music if I had just stayed in America all my life and never made it out to Australia?” Lizotte mused to The Standard.
“It’s safe to say I probably wouldn’t. I think all these records were pretty big records in Australia as well.
“We have a history of clinging on to great music – music that maybe falls through the cracks in other parts of the world.”
The album was still in production when Lizotte’s Americana tour began, but now it has been released in its entirety the singer promises more songs.
“I’m really looking forward to playing more of the album as opposed to doing a preview thing,” he said.
“I don’t think there’s one song on the album that is not entrenched in music history.”
The show will kick off at 8pm for people aged 16 and over. Tickets cost $40. For more details, visit rootyhillrsl.com.au or call 9625 5500.