Mark Lavengood Band -
Electronic Press Kit
2018 has been a big year for the Mark Lavengood Band. National tours, writing, recording, and breaking into new markets are but a few of the achievements from Lavengood and his Grand Rapids-based entourage. Having recently relinquished his full-time position with Lindsay Lou, Lavengood is eager to bring his "Folk - Roots - Americana" sound to audiences he's performed for near and far!
A native son to Grand Rapids, Michigan, Lavengood has enjoyed touring the Regional, National, and International music circuits for over 10 years. Best known for his dynamic slide guitar playing, Mark prefers recording and performing music that cuts right through to the human condition. Wearing a multitude of hats as a multi-instrumentalist, singer & songwriter, band leader, teacher, active member of Michigan's Earthwork Music Collective, catalyst for the John Prine tribute band, "Prine Time," source of motivational energy, hobbyist massage therapist, Spanish translator and idea generator, Lavengood (affectionately known globally as "Huggy Bear") employs his skill sets to engage with communities through song, voice and collaboration.
Anyone that has witnessed Lavengood perform will attest to these three key attributes: his big heart, wild energy on stage, and the aptitude on the many instruments that he plays. Having released 2 LPs and a 7 inch vinyl under his own name in conjunction with 3 LPs and a couple EPs with International touring act, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, Mark Lavengood is no stranger to the hustle of the music industry.
Praise for the Music
“On “We’ve Come Along,” Mark shows his diversity as a musician and a dobro player. This record has it all. Bluegrass, jams, solo slide performances and more! It’s band centric but the standout slide playing and singing make this a must listen!
— Andy Hall of the Infamous Stringdusters
“Mark Lavengood embodies the enthusiasm needed to take music and listener to new places.
— Paul Hoffman of Greensky Bluegrass
“Mark is a compelling musician and entertainer. His playing is refined, full of personality, and extremely fun to listen to. Amazing body.
— Jon Stickley, of the Jon Stickley Trio (Town Moutain, Broke Mountain Bluegrass Band)
“Lavengood has woven together a sound quilt of friendship and American Roots music that could have only happened in Michigan.
— Seth Bernard Earthwork Music Founder, Artist, Activist
“Paying homage to tradition and blazing a trail all his own, Lavengood’s slide work is both playful and thoughtful. “We’ve Come Along” is an album of honest performances played and sung from the heart.
— Mike Witcher, resonator guitarist (Peter Rowan, Jordan Tice, Missy Raines)
“Mark Lavengood’s undeniable passion for music is an incredible thing to behold. His superhuman drive is infectious and awe-inspiring. He is a pirate of love - a swashbuckling, slide-slinging, tide-turning old fashioned good time rambling man. He’s the last slick picker standing at the all night Jamboree and the first one up playing sweet gospel with the sun. Thanks, Mark.
— Joshua Davis, singer/songwriter and band leader of Steppin' In It