With ‘The Ghost of Lost Creek Road’, follow up to 1999’s critically acclaimed ‘Jukebox Jury’, Sydney based singer-songwriter Mark Lucas further cements his growing reputation as one of Australia’s more individual songwriting talents.
This release sees the former front man for seminal Sydney alt country exponents, The Parwills truly step out into his own. Melding a rich but natural mix of folk, country and blues roots with a sharp pop sensibility honed by more than a decade’s experience on the local live circuit, Mark spins us stories of ordinary people and the world we inhabit expressed with a realism tempered by a dry wit.
Notwithstanding the roots/country influence, ‘The Ghost of Lost Creek Road’ is not just antipodean americana, it truly captures the spirit of place and has a style which is distinctly Australian; these songs have the timelessness of all music inspired by the heart and soul of a world in constant motion.
If your tastes run to passionate writing and singing in the vein of revered contemporary singer/songwriters such as Guy Clark, Townes van Zandt, Richard Thompson, or Australia’s Paul Kelly or Broderick Smith, then you’ll feel perfectly at home in the company of this collection of songs.
‘The Ghost of Lost Creek Road’ will take you on a journey- relax and enjoy the ride.
“..distinctive…plenty to keep the listener coming back.” – Keith Glass, Rhythms
“This is a very solid Australian album.” –Bob Anthony jnr., Country Update
“Lucas’s songs tell stories worth remembering…” – David Messer, Juice
“…a genuine talent for compelling narrative...some truly exceptional brushes with lyrical genius- the urban country experience never sounded so appealing.” –M.W. Americana UK
“All in all an intriguing mixture of country, folk and blues with some pop added as well which sounds more appealing with each listen.” –Malcolm Carter, pennyblackmusic.com
released December 1, 2001
Lyrics & Music by Mark Lucas
Produced by Glenn Skarratt & Mark Lucas
Recorded at Ramrod, Nov 2000 & Aug- Oct 2001
Engineered by Glenn Skarratt
Mastered by Don Bartley at Studio 301, Sydney
Mark Lucas – acoustic & electric guitars, main vocals, harmonies
hats off to:
• Glenn Skarratt – mandolin, acoustic guitar 2, 12, dobro 2, high strung guitar 1, 3, harmonies 9, two fingered synth 14
• James Gillard – bass guitar, harmonies 8
• Mark Marriott – drums, percussion and danish on all but
• Robbie Souter – drums 8, 12,
• Mark Oates – fiddle 1, 2, 8, 13, 14, harmonies 9
• Andrew Claremont – fiddle 3, 4, 5, 9, 11, mandolin 5, didjeridoo 2, 5
• Michel Rose – steel guitar 3, dobro 7, 11, 13
• Gary Brown – dobro 8, 12
• Sam McNally – keyboards 1, 6, 7
• Kara Grainger – backing vocals 3, 4, 6, 7
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