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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: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove – Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues. Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
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