MarkLavengood.com

This is the place to find out about Mark Lavengood. Where he'll be playing shows, how to buy his music, to keep up with his blog posts, and to keep up with the many things he keeps active with.

BIO

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 planning his third full length album, “We’ve Come Along,”  to be released in May with Earthwork Music.

PRESS

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
Lavengood has woven together a sound quilt of friendship and American Roots music that could have only happened in Michigan.
— Seth Bernard
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
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

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