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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 2 LPs, an EP, and an album on the way with International touring act, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, Mark Lavengood is no stranger to the hustle of the music industry. He is currently promoting his third full length album, “We’ve Come Along,"  released May 11th with Earthwork Music.

PRESS

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)
Mark Lavengood’s new album, “We’ve Come Along,” is a treasure of great tunes, great tones, killer picking, and good vibes. The real deal. [I] can’t stop listening to it!
— Eric Skye
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)
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
Mark’s dynamism as a human and fierce musician shine through completely on We’ve Come Along
— Christian Sedelmeyer of 10 String Symphony and the Jerry Douglas Band.
There is a reason that Mark Lavengood is called “Huggy Bear”. We’ve Come Along is a nearly 40 minute embrace of musical love. From the originals to the covers, Mark invokes feelings of overflowing joy. One listen and you will be dancing up to the next person you see just to give them a big “Huggy Bear” hug! Get on board a go for the ride that is We’ve Come Along.!!
— John Crissman, promoter of Cowpie Music Festival
It’s like bourbon in your coffee cup, a soft sweet vibration that finds itself taller and taller, chasing round and round, track by track. Its been handed down, for generations, a simple pick on a porch, a I, IV, V everyone knows and vibrates in the deepest, rarest bone in us all. Well know it’s here, this round we’ve been waiting singing. What a swell deal you’ve arranged.
— Benjamin Fidler, builder, poet, apiarist, of winter/sessions.
It’s rare to see an artist become the personification of their art. But hearing Mark Lavengood’s leg kicking and mouth manipulating licks over the ferociously tight Bluegrass Bonanza! band brings out the same smiles he conjures with the hugs he delivers. His infectious laugh, absolute unpredictability, and yet steady love for those he encounters along the way is heard in each note and lyric. His newest album, We’ve Come Along, is a collage of where he has been and where he is going. The Lavengood ride continues to be worth each mile.
— Matthew Sucaet, of winter/sessions
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 artist and singer/songwriter of Steppin' In It
Dobro player Mark Lavengood is taking the Midwest by storm! His ambition and ability to play a wide variety of styles well makes him one of my favorites!”
— Joe Wilson, of the Wilson Brothers, True Falsettos, and Steppin' In It
I’ve watched Mark grow immensely as a musician and player over the years. The future of dobro and roots music in Michigan is in good hands.
— Drew Howard, Lansing-based dobro/pedal steel guitarist, multi-instrumentalist
Mark Lavengood is my favorite Midwest dobro player. He’s easy to work with from the first note and remains super tasteful to the last; super talented.”
— Ben Wright, of the Henhouse Prowlers
Mark Lavengood has carved out a niche in the thriving Michigan music community as an in-demand string player.
— Matt Jarrells, Program Director for 88.1 WYCE, Grand Rapids, MI

LINKS TO REVIEWS

"Just when I think... We've Come Along Review by Bob Everhart of National Traditional Music Association.

"Keeping in the bluegrass vein..." WCA Album Review by Stewart Fenwick of "Country, Music and Dance."

“It's brave" and "...a record which brilliantly picks at what Bluegrass can be,” says respected writer David Cowling in Americana UK WCA Album Review.

Allan Wilkinson from Northern Sky Magazine WCA Album Review

Bluesandmoreagain's David Innes' "We've Come Along" Album Review.

"...he's a formidable musician, a top-class performer, especially on resonator guitar and Weissenborn lap steel."

Michigan Radio, "New songs from Michigan bluegrass musician show “there’s hope in the midst of every calamity

Ricky Olmos from Local Spins, "Mark Lavengood: Blazing bluegrass, buckets of healing songs, a new album and lots of hugs"

Kelly McCartney from the Bluegrass Situation, "3X3: MARK LAVENGOOD ON RYE WHISKEY, ROCKY MOUNTAINS, AND RUNNING SHOES"

Eric Mitts' from the Revue, "Grand Rapids bluegrass ambassador Mark Lavengood celebrates release of third LP, 'We’ve Come Along'"

John P. Bayerl of Semi-Bluegrass, "Bluegrass Past, Present and Future."

Mother Church Pew "Ol' Slew Foot" Video Premiere by Susan Hubbard

Ken Sears from If It's Too Loud, "Mark Lavengood Covers Bruce Springsteen"

Gabe Aikins from Under the Gun, "MARK LAVENGOOD SHARES INSIGHTS INTO BLUEGRASS AND TOURING"

John Sinkevics from Local Spins, "Reso-phonic bluegrass musician Mark Lavengood: The Local Spins Artist Spotlight "

 

NO PART OF NOTHIN' REVIEWS

I really enjoyed listening to Mark Lavengood’s new recording “No Part of Nothin’.” The recording held my interest from the first “Bluegrass Is” track, a sort of “bluegrass word jam” highlighted by some bluesy instrumental vamping, through the original and the traditional tunes and songs, to the final “Bluegrass Is” reprise track. Mark does a fine job of changing the mood (and the keys) throughout this musical voyage and his choice of instrumentation and voices make each track unique. He plays fast, he swings, he plays slow and pretty, he plays gritty – whatever the tune needs, he does. I was pleased to see that he included Bill Monroe tunes interspersed between his originals, seemingly making the point that the music can still grow with a traditional feel. The a capella “I Wanna Sing That Rock and Roll” track is a wonderful surprise, positioned just before the “Bluegrass Is” reprise. That final track is the perfect album closer, as it has a good bluegrassy feel and gives the listener the sense that this has indeed been a musical journey through the ever-expanding world and sound of bluegrass music.
— Greg Cahill of the Special Consensus
Mark Lavengood gets the Dobro. He gets it. He loves it, and it shows. “No Part Of Nothin” evokes a very new, yet familiar feeling in me. Imagine the creativity and sound of a 70‘s Tony Trischka, Tut Taylor, or John Hartford album, but with a modern sensibility. I love the natural feel and soulfulness of this record. Nothing pretentious. A real focus on the music. Not to take any focus off Mark’s real talent on the instrument, as this is also heavily featured. Super solid picking. You can tell he’s playing because he loves the sound, and that’s what makes me really enjoy this record. The Dobro has always been about creativity, and Mark’s wide open spirit shines through in No Part of Nothin’.
— Andy Hall of the Infamous Stringdusters