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Mark Lanegan

"Mark Lanegan (born November 25, 1964 in Ellensburg, Washington) is a singer and songwriter. He has had a noteworthy career as a solo artist, but is best known for his tenure as the lead singer of Screaming Trees, a band that was part of the Seattle grunge phenomenon of the 1990s. Screaming Trees put out their first album, Clairvoyance in 1986 and recorded 9 albums and EPs of original material between 1986 and 1996. The band was among the pioneers of Seattle's grunge music phenomenon, but never achieved the fame or commercial success of other Seattle grunge acts such as Nirvana, Alice in Chains, or Soundgarden. Lanegan's solo career began while he was still working with Screaming Trees, but has continued beyond the band's dissolution in 1997.

In 1990, Lanegan released his first solo album, The Winding Sheet, on the legendary label Sub Pop, which also hosted Nirvana and many others. Nirvana's frontman Kurt Cobain was a notable guest artist on this album, appearing on the tracks 'Down in the Dark' and 'Where Did You Sleep Last Night?' as a backing vocalist and guitar player, respectively. Nirvana's bass player Krist Novoselic played bass on the latter track (a Leadbelly cover, Nirvana's version would later appear on their Unplugged album). The Winding Sheet was a modest commercial success, and Lanegan has recorded five more full-length albums since then.

In December of 2005, he released an EP with Isobel Campbell, formerly of Belle & Sebastian, titled Ramblin' Man (the title track itself a cover of the Hank Williams track). This served as a precursor to their full-length album, Ballad of the Broken Seas. Campbell wrote and recorded the majority of the album's tracks in Glasgow. Lanegan then added vocals in Los Angeles. The record was received well by critics who likened the duo to Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra."

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