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Money Is the Root of All Evil

by Mark Easton

solo album from australian slide guitarist mark easton, showcases his multi instrumental prowess, playing guitar, vocals, harmonica, drums and loops
Genre: Blues: Slide Guitar Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Money Is the Root of All Evil
5:47 $0.99
2. Treat You Right
3:52 $0.99
3. Happy Man
4:52 $0.99
4. Shut Your Mouth
4:11 $0.99
5. Hit the Road Jack
4:45 $0.99
6. So Tied Up
4:13 $0.99
7. Party Time
3:53 $0.99
8. Outside Woman Blues
2:39 $0.99
9. Cry in the Rain
4:54 $0.99
10. Shes Gone
3:42 $0.99
11. I Dont Care If Your Dead or Alive
4:27 $0.99
12. All Fired Up
4:49 $0.99
13. Killing Time
2:52 $0.99
14. Roll the Dice
4:58 $0.99
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Album Notes
"the first time I saw Mark solo I have to say his voice growled like a delta bluesman when not having to compete with a band"
- tony jaggers, mojos and jellyrolls

After 2 years of honing his solo show in the sticky carpeted smoky drinking holes across Australia MARK EASTON has released his first solo album on the PLASTIC DONUT LABEL and distributed by ONLY BLUES MUSIC

MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL is full of stomping grooves! its darker than previous albums! if the title track and the 13 other songs that been recorded are any indication of what is to come your in for a surprise, it captures Marks live energy and showcases his multi instrumental prowess, the songs are built around the loops he creates on the fly and layered to create a band vibe without the headaches!
its a more than worthy follow up to BANDWAGON, and in some ways its back on track from where GREENER left off, with some inovative and cutting edge slide guitar playing!




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You have recorded one hell of an album! Your music is fresh sounding and foot tapping, it hops and grooves all the way. The way you use guitar as a rhythm instrument is quite unique, I haven’t heard many other players using it like that. Plus, you have a deep, resonant voice that is tailor made for blues and roots music. Together with memorable lyrics and some good taste when it comes to choosing covers “Money Is The Root Of All Evil” is a winner. Speaking of covers, your version of “Hit The Road Jack” with this atmospheric slide is just wicked!


great cd
Mark Easton is an Aussie with a love for the stronger side of the blues. His inspiration, he cites artists such as Blind Willie Johnson, Junior Kimsbrough, Dave Hole, Hounddog Taylor, Led Zeppelin, Black Crowes and all kinds of blues slide guitar. With his trio bluesrock Mark Easton Limousine delivered his three CDs, the EP 'Coast To Coast "and the full albums 'Greener' and 'Band Wagon." Money Is The Root Of All Evil "is his first solo album. Easton sings, plays guitar, bass drums, hi-hat, harmonica and uses a loop sampler. its a full CD, which is definitely worth it. The music on this disc is somewhere between the Delta blues and bluesrock in. Recorded over the last two years at various locations in Australia. Fourteen songs, eleven of his own and three covers. The best known is the Ray Charles classic "Hit The Road Jack," a threatening atmospheric track. The Blind Willie Reynolds song "Outside Woman Blues" is close to the Cream version, and there is a nice dirty implementation of Hounddog Taylor's' She's Gone. " The individual numbers are also great, the infectious title track 'Treat Her Right', the fierce shuffle 'So Tied Up, "with the text references to the antics of Michael Jackson and George Michael or modesty' Cry In The Rain. " Slightly less successful, I think the attempt to reggae in "Party Time", but that is entirely personal. But also a downside. I think Mark Easton, doing everything on his own tends to get a little too much hay on his fork. Because he needs to focus all his instruments, the vocals are sometimes a little forced , something with his band was less the case. A loop sampler is also a fun toy for someone, who plays on his own, but sometimes also a limitation, because in a little too tight and should be played looser like blues should be. However, this is a lovely CD, I am certainly curious to see a live performance of this man, although there is little chance, seeing he mostly plays in his homeland.

Francis Rateau

I've just received your strong & good music album
Well, thank U
I do not know what way you sent me that stuff, or by whom so you got my address, but it's a good thing, really..
I listen to loop from the CD with a very exciting pleasure
There's a haunting atmosphere, a great groove and blues everywhere...
Roots but with a touche a modern sound
A lot of vibrations, hypnotic sensations and big feeling
I love your guitar playing and the subtlety of the other two instruments, sometimes discret, sometime with very presence
I love the energy, the slide & saturated guitar, your voice, soul, deep, hard
Well, I am bewitched :-)

You know, I'm the Chairman of the french speakin joint blues radio DJs, Collectif des Radios Blues (CRB, 50 stations in France, Belgium, Québec, Africa) and a blues & rock journalist (specially into the great french monthly rock mag 'Crossroads')
And I follow my feelings to my DJ members with your contact on our forum

Thanx Mark and I hope you come one day in France

kaysea THE DWARF Australia

amazing musician!
Ahhh..It's that blues time of year..

Blues and roots festivals take over the east and west coast, rocking Byron and Perth, and blues get pushed forward into the spotlight again. Not that it doesn't belong there, but we do take more notice of it around now.

And a nice little blues collection has made its way into my hands.

This is an interesting accoustic selection from Mark Easton, recorded, in his words, "in bedrooms, hotel rooms, toilets and basements around Australia".

This hard-working Gold Coast one man band growls and croons his way through an assortment of fourteen tracks- eleven originals, full of guitar slides and harmonica, with a bit of drum thrown in to fill it out.The vocals are raw and real, and there's no bells and whistles with this album.

And hardworking is an understatement with this man. Take a look at his calendar of gigs for the next few months, he's playing all over NSW and Queensland, with a few dates in WA thrown in for good measure.

But to me, a decent song length is about three minutes. By the time they hit five, I'm wondering when they'll end. The opening title track lasted almost six minutes. Roll The Dice, Cry In The Rain and Happyman are just below five minutes. Good songs, but I just felt I would have enjoyed some of them more if they were just a little shorter.

Party Time was one of my favourites. The pace was a slight variation on the other songs, and he actually seemed to be enjoying the song. Often Mark sounds a little too forced and serious for me to enjoy his music too much.

Cry in the Rain is beautiful. It's a little slower and more emotive than other songs on the album.

While I enjoyed this album, and can appreciate the musical prowess and skill employed by this musical genre, it didn't really make me want to run out and buy a whole heap more blues to add to my collection. I liked it, but didn't love it. Blues fans give this a listen. This man is an amazing musician.


raw and uncompromising
an Aussie from Gold Coast, Queensland. Who always makes me curious. Who is Mark Easton? In an earlier life he was a professional punk. In many bands.
Somewhere in the beginning of this century he and his pal bassist Peter Copeland and drummer Jared Harrison, formed the power trio Mark Easton Limousine. In 2002 he recorded a 6 song EP with the title "Coast to Coast". Bluesrock driven by the slide guitar of Easton. Raw, hot and tight. He has crossed Australia from north to south and from east to west following in the footsteps of other slide players from down under, blues rockers like Dave Hole and Gwyn Ashton. In 2004 following the full CD "Greener" which had a lot more mature and original sound than the first. the acoustic National Steel starts to feature from here on. With his third CD "Band Wagon" of 2006, he towers above the heads of some of his colleagues. He is nominated in two categories at the Australian Blues Music Awards for Best New Talent and Best Album. And on the Blue Star Awards nominations within three he, Best Australian Blues Band, Best Album and Best Electric Guitarist.

After two years his solo act expanded and strengthened he has extended to Gigs in the turbulent and lush smoky pubs of country areas, city and outback, he decided to release his first solo album which is is forth album, which were created while on tour.

"Money Is the Root of All Evil" is a compilation of his live songs, and believe me, ladies and gentlemen, this very much works, acoustic or semi-acoustic, pounding primal-blues. The album is already a couple weeks in my possession, and although my circumstances and too much work that I don’t want to discuss, I listened to the album frequently and repeatedly, and I'm still not tired of it. This is the pure essence of the concept of blues.

Like his countryman Ash Grunwald, while he plays guitar, blues and a lot of sharp percussion elements, but both musically and instrumentally he is way above. His originality and passion invoked the memory of Chris Whitley, who is another wanderer of the lonesome blues. From the first song, the title "Money Is the Root of All Evil", you understand. These are songs that were born on the street as if it were a part of his life, instead of stuff you read in the local newspaper.
All songs from Easton are a rare quality. The flip side is that radio could find some songs unacceptable because of the gritty nature of the lyrics. But some songs show we can all survive in this dirty pool. "Party Time" is full of Quentin Tarantino's allegories. And sometimes he even bares all his feelings, as in "Cry in the Rain".
The three covers on this album, are not just covers for the sake of doing covers. They are so designed that you would think they were by him. Never have I heard it more than in Percy Mayfield's "Hit the Road Jack". If I was Jack, "I would never come back, no more, sure.
And "Blind Willie" Reynolds' "Outside Woman Blues" gets a memorable interpretion Just like 'Hound Dog' Taylor's "She's Gone".
This is a strong album, damn, how often should I have to say this. If you only get this for the tasty and piercing slide of Mark or his tormented voice, his harmonica wailing and meaningful songs. Heuh .. .. heuh why would you not want to buy this cd ? That's what I did




"Money is the root of all evil" says Mark Easton, and he certainly has it right. A hopeful thought if you think that in 2009 the world will be a bit better, because there is a lot of money lost worldwide in recent months. Mark is from Australia (Queensland) and he seems to have specially designed the cover for Roots Time, it could almost be our new logo. His music makes me immediately think of what I heard the last few years by a few of his countrymen, namely Matt Corcoran and Juzzie Smith, both of the same type Busker-like "one man band" slide guitar blues with that hypnotic sounds. It seems almost a different style that you only hear in Australia. Dallas Frasca is an example. In any case, I like the sound enormously. In 2007 year, Mark was nominated as "Best New Talent" and Best new Band" at the Australian Blues Awards and nominated by the Blue Star Awards for "Best Electric Guitarist", "Best Album" and "Best Band". Five nominations in one year, that means Mark Easton starts to mean a lot down under. With his Trio Mark Easton Limousine he made slightly heavier full CD's "Band Wagon" in 2006 and "Greener" in 2004, preceded by his debut ep "Coast To Coast". With "Money Is the Root .." he brings this sound back to the naked essence, this is good for those who (like us) addicted to the sound of razor-sharp slide guitars in all their purity. Fans of Hound dog Taylor will cross their fingers to some tracks on this CD, listen to "She's Gone", but fortunately it lives up to expectation. Mark's strong voice is that of a Delta Bluesman, growling and sometimes with anger, sometimes controlled and gentle. The disc is packed with pounding grooves with his slide and other guitars, which he loops back and layers with harmonica and a bass drum, it ensures the pounding hypnotic rhythm. In addition, more than that voice of Mark incantation and you're good for an hour "One man blues and boogie" of the upper shelf. (RON) www. roots time. be