Mark Lanegan (born November 25, 1964) is an American rock musician and songwriter. Lanegan began his music career in the 1980s, forming the grunge group Screaming Trees with Gary Lee Conner, Van Conner and Mark Pickerel. During his time in the band Lanegan would start a low-key solo career. Besides Screaming Trees, Lanegan also found moderate success and good recognition from his solo projects (which included collaborations with Kurt Cobain) and also joining, for a time, hard rock band Queens of the Stone Age giving contributions on the critically and commercially successful albums Rated R, Songs for the Deaf, Lullabies to Paralyze and Era Vulgaris.
The Screaming Trees eventually disbanded in 2000 and although Lanegan became a permanent member of Queens of the Stone Age for a period he continued to collaborate on tracks with other artists such as Melissa Auf der Maur, Martina Topley Bird, Creature with the Atom Brain and recently on Black River by the electronic outfit, Bomb the Bass. Since leaving the Queens of the Stone Age in 2005, Lanegan has worked with fellow Gutter Twin Greg Dulli's Twilight Singers as well as collaborating with Soulsavers and former Belle and Sebastian singer and cellist Isobel Campbell (on three albums). His latest solo studio release was Bubblegum released in 2004. He served as co-lead singer of the alternative rock band The Gutter Twins along with Greg Dulli, a collaboration which began in 2003 and released their debut Saturnalia on Sub Pop in March 2008.
Blues Funeral is the new Mark Lanegan Band record, the first since 2004’s Bubblegum. It was recorded in Hollywood, California by Alain Johannes at his 11ad studio. The music was played by Johannes and Jack Irons with appearances from Greg Dulli, Josh Homme et al.
Mark Lanegan has sung with Screaming Trees, Queens Of the Stone Age, The Twilight Singers, The Gutter Twins, Soulsavers and Isobel Campbell. He resides in Los Angeles and has two dogs.
Blues Funeral will be available digitally and on CD and LP on February 6th, 2012 via 4AD. To coincide, Mark Lanegan Band will tour Europe next year at the following destinations. News on US shows will follow in due course.Website: http://marklanegan.com/