Sign up for newsletter
 

Lucas announces New West CD

Friday, June 28, 2013 – Austin Lucas' forthcoming full-length album, "Stay Reckless," will be out Aug. 27 on New West Records, fusing alt.-country, classic rock, folk, punk, indie rock and bluegrass.

The 11-track album is his fifth solo LP overall and first for New West. His longtime friends, alt.-country rockers Glossary (featuring Joey Knieser on guitars, piano and organ, Eric Giles on drums, Bingham Barnes on bass, Kelly Knieser on backing vocals and Todd Beene of Lucero on pedal steel, guitars and percussion), were recruited after the crew toured together and played in the studio. Producer Mark Nevers, best known for his work with Caitlin Rose, Lambchop and Bonnie Prince Billy, was enlisted as well. The album was co-produced by Lucas and recorded in December 2012 at Nevers' Beech House studio in Nashville, Lucas' current home.

Lucas' influences span the gamut from George Strait and Waylon Jennings to Thin Lizzy and Buzzcocks.

Lucas was raised in Monroe County, Ind., and born into a folk and bluegrass lineage. The product of a musical family, Lucas started singing at a young age and honed his vocal control as a member of the Indiana University Children's Choir where he sang in a variety of operas among other things. In his teen years, he played in punk bands and over the next decade became part of crust punk (metal-influenced punk) and hardcore scenes both in the U.S. and Prague where he lived for five years.

After realizing the damage he was doing to his voice by screaming, Lucas traded the brute force of punk and metal for melody and returned to his Americana roots. He started writing songs on an acoustic guitar that were in the vein of the classic country, folk and bluegrass that he had been raised on.

In addition to solo albums, Lucas released split singles with Frank Turner and Cory Branan (who guests on this album, adding lead guitar on Small Town Heart and organ on Alone In Memphis) as well a full-length album titled "Bristle Ridge" with Chuck Ragan from Hot Water Music.

This week Lucas kicked off a run on the Warped Tour where he is performing on the Acoustic Basement Stage. A full band tour will follow in the fall.

Warped Tour dates:
June 28 - Las Vegas, NV - Silverton Casino Parking Lot
June 29 - Salt Lake City, UT - Utah State Fairpark
June 30 - Denver, CO - Sports Authority Field at Mile High
July 3 - Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center
July 5 - Toronto, ON - The Flats at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
July 6 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
July 7 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
July 9 - Virginia Beach, VA - Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
July 10 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 11 - Mansfield, MA - Comcast Center
July 12 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center

Additional date:
August 31 - Cookeville, TN - Muddy Roots Music Festival

CD reviews for Austin Lucas

Between the Moon & the Midwest CD review - Between the Moon & the Midwest
If you're just discovering the startling talents of Austin Lucas, you've got a little catching up to do. The son of Alison Krauss producer Bob Lucas, Austin has a music resume dating back nearly 20 years with band stints from the late '90s into the new millennium. Lucas launched his largely folk/punk solo career with 2006's "The Common Cold," followed by recording and touring with Hot Water Music front man Chuck Ragan and a series of under-the-radar indie folk releases. »»»
Stay Reckless CD review - Stay Reckless
Time has shown that broken hearts and road weary songwriters make for great music. The dark lyrics of "Stay Reckless" reflect Austin Lucas' recent divorce, while the music provides support with rock tinged country sounds. Lucas has built a fan base the old fashioned way, with plenty of hours spent on highways and in dark intimate clubs. His distinctive voice evokes classic bluegrass vocalists, but he brings a bite that wasn't as prevalent on his previous releases. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: These Eagles keep songs alive and well – The newly reconfigured Eagles lineup, which now includes Vince Gill and Deacon Frey in place of the late Glenn Frey, hasn't changed its set much since this modified grouping's debut at Dodger Stadium in 2017. Don Henley announced from the outset, though, how the group continues to tour primarily so it can keep the Eagles' many great songs alive.... »»»
Concert Review: Lovett could not have scripted it any better – Cerritos is a fair distance from Hollywood, but Lyle Lovett, who has accumulated a long list of acting credits, sometimes seemed like he was giving a company town performance this night. Maybe it was because Paul Reiser, the "Mad About You" star, introduced Lovett with a funny bit about what some of the man's songs mean (or don't mean).... »»»
Follow Country Standard Time  Subscribe to Country News Digest  Follow Country Standard Time on twitter  Visit Country Standard Time on Facebook 

Elsewhere in the news

Currently at the CST blogs

Tyminski goes dark Dan Tyminski (known simply as "Tyminski" on his 2017 release "Southern Gothic") has traditional music roots and unassailable bluegrass street cred especially given his membership in Alison Krauss' Union Station. He is also a powerful songwriter and has been writing songs for himself and others for years now.... »»»
Washburn, Fleck create "Echoes" Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn have powerhouse individual talents; each has followed an estimable career path to where they find themselves today: making complex, but spare, records, writing music together and touring with their son Juno. Their new release, "Echoes In The Valley" features mostly songs written by Fleck and Washburn, banjos, Washburn's strong vocals and very little else.... »»»
Hillman bides his time Legends don't come any more legendary than Chris Hillman. The roll call of bands that comprises Hillman's half century in music reads like a wing exhibit at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, the Souther Hillman Furay Band, the Desert Rose Band,... »»»
Cry Pretty CD review - Cry Pretty
Carrie Underwood's life was reading straight from the storybooks: one of the few American Idol Winners with ongoing success; a professional athlete for a husband; a beautiful baby boy. The string of great fortune turned sharply in 2017, »»»
My Way CD review - My Way
Not one to rest on his laurels, Willie Nelson's second studio release of the calendar year finds the artist dipping back into the Great American Songbook. Previous collections, including 1978's stellar Stardust, 2009's "American Classic" and 2016's "Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin," established Nelson as one of the finest modern interpreters of American standards.  »»»
Let It Pass CD review - Let It Pass
This is the swan song for The Stray Birds unfortunately, but at least they are parting with another musical triumph. This record barely got made as founding members, fiddler/guitarist/banjoist/vocalist Maya de Vitry and fiddle/guitarist/ »»»
Pretty Bird CD review - Pretty Bird
"Pretty Bird" is Kathy Mattea's first studio album in six years, following 2012's "Follow Me Home." The major reason for this gap was Mattea's realization that her voice was changing so much, she felt as if she was losing it altogether.  »»»
The Keep CD review - The Keep
New Reveille, a talented quintet from North Carolina, can boast the finest harmonies that any kind of music can offer. On their debut, New Reveille mine the early American sounds and make them sound fresh. It's a unique sound that embraces »»»
Cactus CD review - Cactus
Elise Davis tells stories and brings relatable, realistic lyrics rather overly relying on imagery, metaphors and symbolism. That was the general take on her widely acclaimed 2016 "The Token." Some of that assessment holds true again here on "Cactus,"  »»»