“The Indiana troubadour redefines Americana”
Wednesday 2nd March 2016
The Square Tower
Doors Open 7.15pm.
Tickets £10 each, £12 on the door (if not sold out).
Tickets available securely online at: www.wegottickets.com/event/343017
Alternatively, physical tickets can be purchased in store at Pie & Vinyl in Castle Road, Southsea or Southsea Gallery in Albert Road, Southsea. You can also send a cheque for the required amount of tickets (made payable to Ken Brown), along with a SAE, to our address. If in doubt then please phone the box office on 02392 382888.
“One of the quiet joys of current American music” (The Independent)
We’re incredibly lucky here at Square Roots towers, as we can now confirm that the amazing talent that is Austin Lucas will be coming to Portsmouth, and our Square Tower, as part of his UK tour this February / March…and boy are we excited about that?! And we know that you will be too!!
Raised in the backwoods country of Monroe County, Indiana, Austin Lucas was born into a folk and bluegrass lineage. His father, Bob Lucas, is an accomplished musician and performer in his own right, having earned songwriting credits on two of Allison Krauss’ albums. Learning to harmonise before learning to read, Lucas honed his vocal control as a member of the nationally-acclaimed Indiana University Children’s Choir. In a narrative as well-worn as it is true, Lucas rebelled against his upbringing, leaving his Americana roots for the catharsis of punk rock. After the better part of a decade spent criss-crossing the globe with a series of bands in broken-down vans, Lucas hit a musical glass-ceiling, eventually finding respite for his ringing ears in the delicacy of traditional songcraft.
“The son of a bluegrass musician, an arm full of tattoos, a choir-honed voice and a knack for tuneful melodies” (Pop Matters)
Singing with the conviction of a preacher bereft of his faith, Lucas tackles recurrent themes of the soul, sin as personal purgatory, and the possibility of finding redemption in this life. The fallacies of man take centre stage as the righteous false prophet is denounced as a “hollow vessel with unsteady hands.” Turning the harsh light of hindsight on himself, Lucas addresses the hard lessons learned in the passing of youth, ruminating on the failures and missed opportunities, pledging, “If there’s a light shining/ Point the way there/ A straight way of walking/ I’ll be like an arrow.”
Following his solo debut, The Common Cold (2006), Lucas has steadily built upon his recorded output, releasing Putting The Hammer Down (2007), the Bristle Ridge (2008) collaboration with Chuck Ragan of Hot Water Music, and Somebody Loves You (2009), which debuted at #7 on the Billboard Bluegrass chart. Culminating with his fourth album, A New Home In The Old World (2011), and fifth album Stay Reckless (2013), Lucas has consistently evolved and grown as a musician and songwriter, resting on no laurels and developing the songs’ framework further with each successive album.
No one ever said americana / country music had to be simple, and when Austin Lucas began thinking about the follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2013 album Stay Reckless he had a lot on his mind. The Indiana troubadour wanted to do something not only different from his own work, but unlike anything else being done in the realm of country music and Americana. Between The Moon And The Midwest marries traditional & cosmic country sounds with sharp, vivid storytelling in a fully realised album concept.
Having raised his profile on the road with Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown tour, the troubadour-packed Revival tour, and in support of Pennsylvania’s Langhorne Slim, Lucas has also bolstered his loyal grassroots following with appearances at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Canada’s Sled Island Festival, Florida’s Harvest of Hope, and several European tours. Folk music is for the common folk, and Lucas delivers, often ending his shows playing on the floor amidst the crowd. And he’s coming our way soon…..be excited…be very excited!
Supporting Austin will be his good friend and musical compadre Adam Faucett.
What The Papers Say….
“It would be tragic if all music fans weren’t exposed to music of this quality and originality” (American Roots UK)
“His slick talent and chops save him every time he straps on his weapon over his shoulder and lays waste to anyone who doubts him” (Moonrunners)
“Bluegrass, folk and classic country meet bar-band rock & roll” (The Observer)
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