Mark Lanegan Biography
Born on November 25, 1964 in Ellensburg, Washington USA, singer + guitarist & songwriter Mark Lanegan has had a noteworthy career as a solo artist, but until recently was best known for his tenure as the lead singer of Screaming Trees, a band that was part of the Seattle Grunge phenomenon.
After four album with the Trees, in the spring of 1990, Lanegan released his first solo effort "The Winding Sheet", an album that accurately expressed the candid underbelly of the Grunge aesthetic. Legendary Kurt Cobain, can be heard on electric guitar and on backing vocals for "Down In The Dark".
A new solo record, "Whiskey For The Holy Ghost", followed in early 1994 before he rejoined Screaming Trees for the band's final album, 1996's "Dust".
In July 1998 Mark Lanegan put out "Scraps At Midnight" which follows a similar path as his first two albums, it's a haunted, low-key affair steeped in Blues, Folk and Country-Rock.
One year later he released a new album, "I'll Take Care Of You", which contained all cover songs.
A new collection of all original material, "Field Songs", followed in May 2001.
Lanegan then joined Queens Of The Stone Age for their gold selling "Songs For The Deaf".
August 2004 saw the release of "Bubblegum", the album credited as Mark Lanegan Band featured such high-profile guests as PJ Harvey, Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver's Izzy Stradlin and Duff McKagan, The Afghan Whigs' frontman Greg Dulli, QOTSA's Josh Homme and Nick Oliveri. The disc reached the #39 spot on the Billboard Top Independent Albums chart.
In early 2011 ex-Screaming Trees frontman recorded an original song titled "Burning Jacob's Ladder" which briefly featured in a trailer for the Rage video game.
"Blues Funeral", the first Mark Lanegan Band album since 2004's "Bubblegum" was released in February 2012. The set, which debuted at #99 on The Billboard 200, included the singles "The Gravedigger's Song" and the grungy "Riot In My House".