SING THE BLUES
AUSSIE ROCKER DIESEL HEADS TO JUPITERS
B orn in the US but raised in Australia from the age of six, Mark Lizotte thinks of himself as binational.
The Aussie rocker and frontman of Diesel, one of the headliners for Blues on Broadbeach festival this weekend, will release a new album Americana in July.
Lizotte says the record is contemporary music that incorporates elements of American roots music styles including country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B and blues.
“It was my agent’s idea to make the album,” he says.
“I’d been thinking I would make an album of my own songs but when he came up with this concept I got very excited by the idea of going back to my musical roots.
“The earliest musical memory I have is listening to Joni Mitchell when I was three or four.
“Dad would also play jazz to me and I think we are all a product of what we grew up listening to.
“Even if you don’t feel at the time you are being influenced, further down the track you will find yourself quoting from things you hadn’t even realised you had assimilated.”
Set to take to the stage at Jupiters Gold Coast tomorrow night, Diesel headline the annual blues festival alongside The Bamboos, Tex Perkins’ Cookin’ On 3 Burners, Eric Burdon and AC/DC tribute band Back in Blue.
Lizotte says Aussie audiences are some of the toughest in the world.
“They demand a high level of entertainment.”
The songs he performs will be a showcase of his musical inspiration.
Lizotte began his musical journey as a teenager, finding fame in the late ’80s with Johnny Diesel and the Injectors, then went on to a successful solo career.
Diesel, Jupiters Gold Coast, tomorrow night
Aussie rock music legend Diesel will hit the stage at Jupiters Gold Coast.