Re­turn­ing to his roots

Mark Li­zotte mixes his Aussie up­bring­ing and USA birth­place with new al­bum and tour

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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 rooty­ or call 9625 5500.

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