Home of the Wheel
Los Angeles based, North Carolina native Mark W. Lennon releases his full length debut album, Home of the Wheel. Compared to 2009's much talked about EP, Down the Mountain, Home of the Wheel has a raw - stripped down sound, due in part to producer Marvin Etzioni. A former member of Lone Justice, Etizoni (who has worked with Steve Earle, Counting Crows and Lucinda Williams) helped Lennon create an album centering on well-crafted songs of lost love, reflection and longing for the South. Lennon's twang-tinged voice is authentic. He has the ability to deliver a positive spin on even the most melancholy sentiments. His honest and personal lyrics evoke imagery deeply rooted in his southern upbringing and family history, that seamlessly transition from depression era themes to modern day introspective on his conflict with life in Los Angeles. "We just took the reigns off without much of a plan on Down the Mountain, which led to more of a jam style record. With Home of the Wheel, we shaved it to the bone," Lennon says joking about the record. "Marvin had me so far out of my comfort zone, I didn't know which way we were coming or going." Home of the Wheel is an eclectic hodgepodge of Americana styles that will appeal to any musical taste. It ranges from Woody Guthri-esque folk "Home of the Wheel" to Gram Parsons-ish Country "California Calling," to Desire era Dylan ("The River Stays the Same," "Cold Mountain Steel" which feature Scarlett Rivera on fiddle), as well as rock "Stop and Go," bluegrassy "These Times Better" and harmonic pop "Look for the Walls." Home of the Wheel Mark W. Lennon - Guitars, vocals Marvin Etzioni - Mandolin, guitars, bass, piano, percussion, vocals Jerry Zacarias - Drums, percussion Jacob Morgan - Bass Dean Vivirito - Vocals, ukulele, piano Bryan Dobbs - Guitar, steel guitar, lap steel, vocals Scarlet Rivera - Fiddle Sally Jaye - Vocals Produced by: Marvin Etzioni Engineered by: Jeremy Carberry, David Vaught and Justin Deming Mixed by: David Vaught Mastered by: John Tyree Recorded at The Sound Boutique Studios The Songwriting School of Los Angeles.