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by Mark Easton

after 3 years since the release of the MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL cd, and 2 years after the release of the LIVE AT THE SYDNEY BLUES FESTIVAL dvd comes the long awaited new cd GRIND! a collection of 10 tracks honed from the never ending GRIND of touring Australia, elements of blues, rock, hip hop beats, funk, punk and narly slide playing are blazingly evident, this album just pumps from start to finish, the only acoustic song is April Morning a classic Easton blues ballad, hold on to your seat and strap yourself in and get ready to GRIND!
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Moving On
3:44 $1.50
2. My Baby Gets What She Wants
3:12 $1.50
3. April Morning
3:42 $1.50
4. Evil Woman
4:37 $1.50
5. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
4:40 $1.50
6. Monkey
3:36 $1.50
7. How Do You Sleep At Night
5:38 $1.50
8. Beachbumming
4:01 $1.50
9. Camioux
5:08 $1.50
10. Lets Get Funky
4:09 $1.50
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RAVE MAGAZINE brisbane australia

cool cd
With a voice as smooth as sandpaper and guitar skills that vary from delicate fingerpicking to crunchy riffs, Gold Coast bluesman Mark Easton has released his long-awaited new CD entitled Grind. This well-rounded album of blues infused with rock and funk showcases Easton’s profound DIY ability, with everything from guitars and vocals to percussion and harmonica handled effectively by the man himself. As heard on songs like Monkey, Easton cleverly layers the tracks with a foundation of simplistic riffs and steady beats using loop pedals, allowing ample freedom for his lead guitar lines to come to the fore. He literally turns himself into a one-man band. That said, there isn’t a great deal of variation on the album and it may be of primary interest to true blues enthusiasts. Casual listeners might not find it as compelling.


Przemek Draheim

heavy and fun
I like the new album a lot. It’s blues, but with a kick ass attitude, sounding really heavy and fun. Great songs that stick to ones year, a perfect material to play on the radio. Congratulations on a really good album. I am sure my listeners will enjoy it as Australian blues is something they really like.

Once again thank you Mark for keeping me in mind with your recent work.

Keep in touch and best wishes,
Przemek Draheim

Contact info:

0048 609 97 35 29

sydney blues society maagazine

this rocks

Mark Easton
(10 tracks, 42 minutes)
Imagine a voice that’s a cross
between Hat Fitz and Seasick Steve mixed with a bit of Tom Waits and you might have something approaching one-man-band Mark Easton’s growling, snarling vocals. Some of this music ain’t pretty, but it ain’t supposed to be. This is raw, gut-
busting, down-and-dirty blues.
Mark’s music has that driving repetitive property to it, like you might hear from RL Burnside or some of Hound Dog Taylor’s stuff. And sometimes his percus- sion sounds a bit sparse or “homemade”. That’s be- cause he does it all himself – at the same time!
I’m sure Mark would be the first to admit that he isn’t a virtuoso player, but what’s virtuosity got to do with singing the blues? Blues is about feeling and Mark serves up bucketloads of that.
When you see him in action you realise what’s going on here. Play a bit of bass, loop it and put the bass away. Add a bit of rhythm guitar and then put the Tele away too. Then bang out some snare and toms. Then kick the bass drum in the guts, grab your resonator and slash and slide all over the bloody place before adding a vocal from the bowels of the earth. Wrap your lips around a tin sandwich and blow the hell out of that too if you feel like it. Starting to get the picture?
There are 6 songs by Mark and covers of Camioux (Seyberth & Heider), Evil Woman (Larry Weiss), Let’s get funky (Hound Dog Taylor) and Good morning little schoolgirl (Sonny Boy Williamson). All the songs are pretty good, and most fit my earlier description, but some tracks provide quite a contrast. The opening track, Moving on, is a gentler country blues ballad, while track 3, April Morning, is downright pretty – a slow reflective love ballad with some really sweet gui- tar. The others really get along once he’s built up the base for them. The closer, Hound Dog’s Let’s get funky is a really driving number with the lyrics reduced to a series of Hound Dog-like shouts at the audience. It’s cool!
Maybe not for everyone, but if you like your blues raw and underproduced, check this one out.
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* Gary deWall


The Australian multi-instrumentalist in the opening track, ‘Moving On’ declares that, “I’m on the road to nowhere, got to get there as fast as I can, so I need to keep moving”. Well, this very interesting second album on the Plastic Donut label, following the equally raw and uncompromising, “Money Is The Root Of All Evil” CD, is certainly taking Mark in the right direction. He sings, plays guitar, bass, resonator, drums and harmonica which he ‘loops’ to create an original, fluent sound which replicates that of a full band. Easton does not so much sing as growl, with a deep, tormented, gravel voice which makes Leonard Cohen sound effeminate, particularly on ’Evil Woman’ and the haunting version of, ‘Good Morning Little Schoolgirl.’ Mark honed his skills in small bars and clubs across Australia and it must have been a tough experience for him to have come through it with a sound so dark, menacing and moody. This is pounding, primeval blues, and even the frenetic and more light hearted version of Hound Dog Taylor’s ‘Let’s Get Funky’ is punctuated with eerie, piercing and chilling laughs. ‘How Do You Sleep At Night’ sounds like Jim Morrison in his most depressed state at the nadir of his career, the lyrics impassioned and at times despairing. Would I give him a bad review? Never, as I might meet up with him one day and in any case he is someone well worth checking out, his slide guitar work and intricate finger picking style a joy to listen to.
The Bishop

bill dewdney

mark st his best
For me this is Mark at his best. A great mix of originals & covers that highlight Marks skills in songwriting & performance.

Played Beach Bumming last week & tonight How Do You Sleep At Night.
Hope Mark gets to the Central Coast (NSW) soon for a gig & chat.
Thanks again.

Bill Dewdney
Highway 49 Blues +
coast fm