MARK LENNON & THE SOUTHERNTIER
The SouthernTier are a Los Angeles based Americana band playing a mixture of Country, Bluegrass and Roots Rock. The SouthernTier are Mark Lennon - Guitar / Vocals, Patrick Taylor - Standup Bass, Eddie Lloyd - Drums, John Phinney - Pedal Steel / Banjo and Courtney Sudbrink - Electric Guitar / Mandolin.
The SouthernTier is fronted by North Carolina native Mark W. Lennon who released his full length debut album, Home of the Wheel in 2011. Compared to 2009’s much talked about EP, Down the Mountain, Home of the Wheel has a raw - stripped down sound, due in part to producer Marvin Etzioni. A former member of Lone Justice, Etizoni (who has worked with Steve Earle, Counting Crows and Lucinda Williams) helped Lennon create an album centering on well-crafted songs of lost love, reflection and longing for the South.
Lennon’s twang-tinged voice is authentic. He has the ability to deliver a positive spin on even the most melancholy sentiments. His honest and personal lyrics evoke imagery deeply rooted in his southern upbringing and family history, that seamlessly transition from depression era themes to modern day introspective on his conflict with life in Los Angeles.
“We just took the reigns off without much of a plan on Down the Mountain, which led to more of a jam style record. With Home of the Wheel, we shaved it to the bone,” Lennon says joking about the record. “Marvin had me so far out of my comfort zone, I didn’t know which way we were coming or going.”
Home of the Wheel is an eclectic hodgepodge of Americana styles that will appeal to any musical taste. It ranges from Woody Guthri-esque folk “Home of the Wheel” to Gram Parsons-ish Country “California Calling,” to Desire era Dylan (“The River Stays the Same,” “Cold Mountain Steel” which feature Scarlett Rivera on fiddle), as well as rock “Stop and Go,” bluegrassy “These Times Better” and harmonic pop “Look for the Walls.”
"County, folk and Appalachian strains combine in sweet and sour melancholic tunes, some aided by ex-Dylan fiddle player Scarlet Rivera, that, like the lovely and poignant 'Before the Fall,' mine a rich vein of dusky and affecting Americana." -American Songwriter
Home of the Wheel is available now. Purchase at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/markwlennon
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