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 critical recognition and moderate commercial success.
It would be an understatement to call the list of musical projects Mark Lanegan has had his hands in impressive: Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age, Gutter Twins, Twilight Singers, and most recently, the three graceful albums of Belle & Sebastian's Isobel Campbell. Mark Lanegan’s CV is like a summary over the past two decades’ most exciting indiependent phenomena. On his last solo album alone (Bubblegum from 2004) he collaborates with, among others, PJ Harvey, Josh Homme, Greg Dulli, Duff McKagan, and Izzy Stradlin. Suffice it to say, Mark is popular among the popular.
But trying to pin down the man musically is ultimately a doomed endeavor. Even in the face of an impressive array of collaborations and projects, it is when he does his own thing that Mark Lanegan’s brilliance becomes most apparent. Lanegan’s distinctive baritone storms over rock chords, synths and loops on completely its own terms. On the most recent Blues Funeral, Lanegan shows that he heeds his duty as a rock star emeritus, avoiding clichés and providing us with an antidote to the mawkish indie and increasingly vacuous hip-hop that has invaded popular culture of late.
He is special, Mark Lanegan. When he locks his eyes on you at this year's Way Out West, we recommend you just let go, get sucked in and disappear for a while. Then you'll see what we mean.
The Mark Lanegan Band performing Bleeding Muddy Water at the Echoplex in Los Angeles, CA on 2/9/12
Following the release of Blues Funeral back in February, Mark Lanegan Band have recorded four songs for the thirteenth installment in the 4AD Sessions series.
4AD session now live 8 May 2012
1. The Gravedigger’s Song
2. St. Louis Elegy
3. Riot In My House
4. Harborview Hospital
More info @
Official Mark Lanegan Web
Official Way Out West Web
Listen to ”Mark Lanegan Band - Bleeding Muddy Water" on Spotify here!