Sideshow Alley (2007)

by Mark Lucas & the Dead Setters

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about

Sideshow Alley, the fourth album from singer-songwriter Mark Lucas since fronting seminal alt country outfit, The Parwills in the mid ‘90’s, is a spirited mix of new material recorded with regular band, The Dead Setters and a number of musical friends, including James Gillard (The Flood), Michel Rose (Feral Swing Cats etc), Mark Oats (The Bushwackers); and retrospective, with a handful of songs from the past decade re-recorded live. This is also the fifth album to be co-produced with long-time collaborator, Glenn Skarratt.

The Dead Setters are a roots music band with a distinctly Australian approach to what is often described as Americana. Firmly grounded in the narrative tradition popularised by the likes of Paul Kelly and Neil Murray, these are songs of substance and music that walks its talk, performed by musicians with a wealth of experience and a wholehearted commitment to the spirit of the song.

If you like your roots music to have that edgy, lived-in quality that keeps a foot in both the traditional and the contemporary, Mark Lucas & the Dead Setters, armed with a broad musical palette and an insurgent but humorous demeanour, should be right up your alley….
“high flying country blues”
- Salvatore Baldacchino,
Backstage Radio News (Belgium)

“…very varied, strong roots recording of a great Australian band.”
- Freddy Celis, Rootstime (Netherlands)

“…anyone who knows anything about Mark Lucas will testify that the man takes his songcrafting seriously, a trait that has established Lucas as a well-respected writer.”
-Martin Jones, Rhythms

“Mark Lucas & the Dead Setters have made traditional country their own and don't have to convince.”
- John Gjaltema, alt country.nl (Netherlands)

“One falls in love from the first listen…impossible to be bored with such a large musical and rhythmic variety…a strongly recommended album.”
-Roland Lanzarone, Le Cri du Coyote (France)

“…smoking and it is not
dangerous to your health”
- Keith Glass, Capital News

“Mark Lucas remains one of the country’s most interesting and literate songwriters, and his band exemplifies the hard edged inner western honky tonk that always goes over well.”
- Ken Date, krdcountry.com, 2008 Tamworth Festival Report

“...check him out as he offers something unique in a world populated by clones and yesterday’s music.”
- Jon Wolfe, Tamworth City News

credits

released October 30, 2007

Mark Lucas - vocals, guitars
Glenn Skarratt - guitar, mandolin, vocals
Chris Mearns - bass, vocals
Steve Gunning - drums, vocals
John Lee - fiddle, vocals

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Mark Lucas Sydney, Australia

Australian roots music – it’s a sense of place. In singer-songwriter Mark Lucas' word picture world you’ll encounter ghosts of the past & yearning spirits of the present, making themselves known in a variety of familiar locales, together with a motley cast of misfits & dreamers who could fit in just about anywhere there’s people & stories to tell. ... more

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