Diesel pours spin on blues tunes
lots of young people, Diesel never felt the need to rebel against his father’s taste in music.
Instead, he shared his dad’s love of blues tunes.
Diesel, aka Mark Lizotte, grew up listening to his dad’s records, loving bands like The Rolling Stones and the artists who influenced them, such as Muddy Waters. ‘‘I rebelled by moving out of home at 15, not by listening to different music to my parents like some kids do,’’ he says.
‘‘I gravitate towards the blues and I don’t know why, but it excites me and it’s a part of me. I find it menacing – and I am always trying to get to the essence of what it is.’’
Diesel is back on the road for Hits and Blues Round II following the warm response to his last tour, Hits and Blues.
This time around, Diesel is showcasing the music of Muddy Waters. ‘‘When you perform someone’s songs, it’s like catching lightning in a jar – trying to get that balance between doing it justice and making it your own,’’ he says.
‘‘It’s extremely difficult to get it right. My songs all have their roots in the blues genre and even the ones that don’t at face value still fit into that genre somehow.
‘‘But I always try to put my own spin on songs, otherwise there’s not much point in just copying them outright – then there is no balance.’’
Diesel admits the amount of time he spends touring has sometimes made it difficult to come up with material for his catalogue of 13 albums.
‘‘I’m always gathering ideas for the next album as I am recording one – it’s a continual process which never ends,’’ he says.
Diesel will spar with some of his favourite Muddy Waters cuts, such as Mannish Boy and Champagne and Reefer, adding his own spin to the catalogue of one of the most influential blues artists of all time, and promises his blues-infused set will include a selection of his own tracks. Diesel’s
plays RSL Southport on Saturday. Tickets are $35 to $40.
Diesel is back on the road with a blues-infused set that pays tribute to Muddy Waters.