Singer-songwriter’s solo celebration

April 22, 2023 BY

Performance: Diesel, real name Mark Lizotte, will perform at The Capital Theatre on Saturday, 29 April. Photo: SUPPLIED

ONE of Australia’s blues and rock icons is set to return to Bendigo with a mix of old classics and recent material.

Mark Lizotte, performing under his stage name Diesel, will take to the stage at the Capital Theatre next week to play a retrospective set as well as tracks from his latest album, Alone with Blues.

Lizotte debuted his upcoming show as part of a New South Wales-exclusive tour in 2021, with the Bendigo gig part of a regional Victorian leg of 11 dates.

With a stripped-back solo show, he said he’s keen to return to Bendigo.

“My show right now is as intimate as it can get. It definitely challenges me in a good way, and I can get into tiny nooks and crannies of the soundscape and lyrics,” he said.

“There’s not many laurels I can rest on when I’m by myself, and I can kind of revel in the nakedness of it all with lots of stories to tell.”

Released in 2021, Alone with Blues reached number one in the ARIA Top 20 in the Australian Blues and Roots Airplay Chart.

The show will feature two sets with one devoted to tracks from the album and the other influenced by his compilation, 30: The Greatest Hits.

Lizotte said Alone with Blues is a continuation of his 1996 work, Short Cool Ones with Melbourne-based musician Chris Wilson.

“I always had the idea in my head of doing volume two but unfortunately I had to say goodbye to Chris just before the pandemic,” he said.

“It was actually my son who said I should make a blues record. It was a good project to work on at that time.

“Even though it came out two years ago, I’m still really enjoying playing the album for people. This is the first chance I’ve had to tour these songs.”

Diesel will perform at The Capital Theatre on Saturday, 29 April from 8pm. Tickets can be booked via dieselmusic.com.au.