Saturday, February 1st, 2014 at 8:00pm
Austin Lucas' album, Stay Reckless, combines his high-lonesome voice with the loud, rootsy crunch of Glossary, Lucas’ touring partners and backing band. Mark Nevers produced the album, adding Lucas’ name to a resume that already includes Caitlin Rose and Jason Isbell. The star of the album is still Lucas, though, and his songs — influenced by everything from his childhood in Indiana (his father is bluegrass producer and songwriter Bob Lucas, best known for his work with Alison Krauss) to his five-year stay in Prague (in punk band Guided Cradle) — put a modern spin on an old sound. "Austin Lucas has a slippery voice and a cracked heart. “Stay Reckless” (New West), his new album, is teeming with palpable anger and sadness, and sometimes he doesn’t sound as if he can bear it. But this isn’t a reluctant album; it’s made of muscular and well-toned roots-country, the thickness of which is where Mr. Lucas’s background in punk and hardcore bands peek through. Emotionally, though, he’s shaky. “It was the spring and my life was a patchwork of pieces,” he sings on “Let Me In.” On the beautiful “Alone in Memphis,” he’s on the verge of collapse. And “Rings,” about broken covenants, is pure heartbreak. “That ring was slipping off your finger, just like it was raining wedding bands,” he sings. “Just a piece of gold/ That never fit your hand." - Jon Caramanica- New York Times Supporting Austin is Knoxville Honky Tonker Matt Woods who's video "Deadman's Blues" was a Top Three video of the year at Saving Country Music website. http://www.savingcountrymusic.com/saving-country-musics-best-music-videos-of-2013
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