Today, Diesel releases his new album, Alone With Blues. A collection of blues classics and rarities, Alone With Blues sees Mark pay tribute to giants like Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Otis Rush, Sam Cooke, Leadbelly, and Magic Sam.
For Diesel, the blues are never far away. From solo hits ‘Come To Me’ to ‘Days Like These’ and back to his blues-based 1996 collaboration with Chris Wilson, ‘Short Cool Ones’ and 2009’s ‘Project Blues’, he’s always infused the spirit and the sound into his music.
But unlike anything he has released before, every facet of Alone With Blues has been prepped and cooked by Diesel himself.
Alone With Blues, contains 11 tracks of veteran virtuosity from the multiple ARIA award-winning singer and guitarist, augmented by double bass, blues harp, cello, percussion and more, all played and recorded solo at Diesel’s own Sydney studio during the 2020 COVID go-slow.
What began of necessity offered its own challenges: how to best record music that you’ve always considered a collaborative artform, namely the blues, when you’re alone? Diesel’s method was to go deep into each song, to capture what’s special and hypnotic about each, and he was hell-bent on getting those subtleties into the grooves.
Diesel says “I’m really excited about ALONE WITH BLUES being released. It was a good place for me to be in last year making this record and sharing it is always the ultimate for me! I hope it brings a few people to the “well of blues” to drink. I know a lot of you know my love for this music and I’m always hoping to get more people in to it. It’s timeless music, I’m sure you would agree!
I had been looking forward so much to doing some theatre dates to coincide with the release but this wasn’t meant to be, and again, you the ticket holder and I are being tested of our patience… we have had to move some of the GREATEST HITS AND ALONE WITH BLUES tour dates due to the extended Sydney lockdown. All my current tour dates are listed below and at dieselmusic.com.au/shows.
Thanks for all your messages of positivity, they’ve meant more than ever through these times.
Stay safe, Mark
Alone With Blues is out now – available here
We have a VERY limited amount of Vinyl & CD’s available for pre-order via our web store. Purchase this week to receive your copy signed by Diesel with a personalised message!
➵ Order the album via the Diesel Web Store
➵ Enter the promo code “AWB” and write your preferred message &/or name in the notes section during check out.
NB: i. stock is strictly limited, offer ends 11:59PM on 18/07/21 unless sold out prior. View full T&Cs here
Greatest Hits & Alone With Blues Tour – update
Unfortunately, due to the extended Sydney lockdown the following shows on the Greatest Hits and Alone With Blues tour have been POSTPONED. New dates are as follows:
Friday 16th July The Factory Theatre, Marrickville NSW
NEW DATE Fri 4 Mar 2022
Saturday 17th July Penrith Panthers – Evan Theatre, Penrith NSW
NEW DATE Sat 5 Mar 2022
Friday 30th July Canberra Theatre Centre – The Playhouse, Canberra ACT
NEW DATE TBC
Saturday 31st July Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Wagga Wagga NSW
NEW DATE Fri 11 Mar 2022
Friday 6th August Capitol Theatre, Tamworth NSW
NEW DATE Sat 19 Feb 2022
Saturday 7th August Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre, Dubbo NSW
NEW DATE Sun 20 Feb 2022
Friday 13th August The Byron Theatre, Byron Bay NSW
NEW DATE Sat 9 Apr 2022
Saturday 14th August Jetty Memorial Theatre, Coffs Harbour NSW
NEW SHOW Thu 7 Apr 2022
NEW DATE Fri 8 Apr 2022
Ticket holders will be contacted by the ticketing outlets directly and we urge you to retain your current ticket for the rescheduled show (if you can!). However if you cannot attend a rescheduled date, you can receive a refund through your original point of purchase.
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