Mark Eitzel’s new UK tour for his album Don’t Be a Stranger kicks of this October at the London Southbank Centre on Oct 13th. Don’t Be A Stranger has already been heralded as his best solo album of the last 15 years and Mark will be touring the UK with a full band featuring songs from this as well as his new ltd edition release cd The Mark Eitzel Ordeal recorded live at Ray Davies’ Konk Studios.
After a string of bad luck that included a heart attack in May 2011 that set him back several months and the implosion of his band American Music Club, Mark Eitzel fortuitously found himself in the studio with celebrated producer Sheldon Gomberg (Rickie Lee Jones, Ron Sexsmith, Ben Harper), thanks to the generosity of a an old friend who had just one a massive lottery win and funded the album project. The result was Eitzel’s finest solo album in over a decade. Mark says, “I wanted to make an album more reminiscent of records like Harvest by Neil Young or Five Leaves Left by Nick Drake than anything I’ve previously done.”
Mark Eitzel has released over 15 albums of original material with his band American Music Club and as a solo artist. The Guardian has called him “America's Greatest Living Lyricist” and Rolling Stone once gave him their Songwriter of the Year award. Originally formed in 1983, American Music Club released seven albums before breaking up in 1995 and finally reuniting in 2004 for two more albums.
His live set consists of a mixture of songs from his rich catalog, including selections from American Music Club as well as newer material. Mark’s touring band will consist of piano, bass, guitar and drums. Renowned for his self-deprecating sense of humor, Mark’s live shows are always unique and unpredictable in the best possible way.
Don’t Be a Stranger is full of sumptuous, understated detail – low-key backing vocals, humming organs, swooning strings, ambience-boosting blasts of electric guitar – that rewards repeated listens. Not that this material requires any sugar-coating to convince Line of Best Fit
“An underappreciated, misunderstood, great American songwriter” UNCUT
“He can sum up life’s sorrow, suffering and surreality in ways that are personal, universal and precise” Mojo
“America’s greatest living lyricist” – The Guardian
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