Saturday, May 2, 2015

From The Souls Of Your Shoes, It's Mark Lickteig

Ask anyone with a basic grasp on logic, and they’ll tell you that Mark Lickteig is to soul what Muhammed Ali is to knocking someone the f**k out. Equipped with a legion of legendary musicians, a voice worthy of wielding the Excalibur, and a beat that pulverizes any attempts to stop it, Mark Lickteig infiltrates your ears with a relentlessly desirable ferocity. 

Influenced by the likes of Otis Redding, Albert King, Booker T & The MGs, James Brown and the like, Mark was brought up on the good stuff early and soon learned to hone the sound of soul as his own. After touring throughout the Midwest and the South with the group The Houserockers, Mark eventually set up shop in Minneapolis, where he played with a number of different bands, including Dr. Mambo’s Combo, The T.C. Jammers, Spark, and The Ruperts Orchestra. Recently, though, Mark proved that he was an equally hot item as a solo artist, releasing his first solo record, Workin’. This record delivers an all-you-can-eat amount of bright, brass-backed feel good anthems, greasy sax solos, everyman lyricism, some winding, snaky grooves, an ultra-punctual rhythm section lightly sprinkled with percolating keys and guitars, and a whole hell of a lot more. Again, ask anyone with a basic grasp on logic, and they’ll tell you that they already own two copies of this album.

Mark’s massive entourage consists of Lightning Joe on the Hammond Organ, Ali Washington on vocals, Ryan Butler on 5-string bass, Petar Janjic on drums, Joe Peterson on keyboards, Joe Elliot on guitar, Bob Hallgrimson on trumpet, Gus Van Sant on tenor sax, Gus Sandberg on baritone sax, and finally, Mark Lickteig on the Hammond B3, keyboards, and lead vocals. 

Provided below are links to the Mark’s website and Facebook:

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-Article by Seth Hynes-Marquette

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