Mark Lanegan (born November 25, 1964) is an American alternative rock musician and singer-songwriter. Born and raised in Ellensburg, Washington, Lanegan began his musical career in 1985, forming the grunge band Screaming Trees with Gary Lee Conner, Van Conner and Mark Pickerel. During his time in the band, Lanegan also started a low-key solo career and released his first solo studio album, The Winding Sheet, in 1990. Since 1990, he has released a further six studio albums and has received moderate commercial success and critical recognition.
Lanegan has also collaborated with various artists and bands throughout his career. Following the dissolution of The Screaming Trees in 2000, he became a member of Queens of the Stone Age and is featured on three of the band's albums—Rated R (2000), Songs for the Deaf (2002) and Lullabies to Paralyze (2005). Lanegan also formed The Gutter Twins with Greg Dulli in 2003, released three collaboration albums with former Belle and Sebastian singer Isobel Campbell, and contributed to releases by Melissa Auf der Maur, Martina Topley Bird, Creature with the Atom Brain Bomb the Bass, Soulsavers and Mad Season.
Lanegan has a distinctive baritone voice that has been desribed "as scratchy as a three-day beard yet as supple and pliable as moccasin leather" and compared to Tom Waits.
Todays tune "The Gravedigger's Song" is taken from his seventh studio album "Blues Funeral" released on February 3, 2012. The album's lead single, "The Gravedigger's Song", was released on December 5, 2011
Aside from collaborations with Isobel Campbell, Blues Funeral is Lanegan's first studio album in eight years since Bubblegum (2004).
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