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The son of producer Bob Lucas (who's worked with Alison Krauss), Austin Lucas settled in with producer Mark Nevers for his latest solo endeavor. Here, he nails down country songs that sound like a cross between classic country hits from the '60s and the tunes Richard Buckner used to write when he was getting loose and finding his voice. Except that Lucas is no young babe finding his way, and these songs are further confirmation of a talent that’s spent far too much time under the radar. “Small Town Heart” is already a fully grown song, and the atmospheric “Rings” shows admirable restraint and gorgeous economy. “Save It for Yourself” is a further sign of his natural country talents, which are likely too complex for a contemporary country music scene focused less on tradition than on figuring out new ways to incorporate hard rock in its sound in order to satisfy disgruntled classic rock fans. Yet each song here sounds exactly like what country music might have resembled had it not flirted so hard with pop and rock. For traditional country fans, this is a beauty.

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Really glad I stumbled on to Austin Lucas. Heartfelt lyrics, great music, and an unbelievable voice.

Just buy it!

I have very rarely bought an album that I like every song on it. This is one of those rare albums.

Great record!

Top 5 of 2013


Born: Bloomington Indiana

Genre: Country

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Singer and songwriter Austin Lucas was born and grew up in Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana, the son of bluegrass producer and songwriter Bob Lucas, who is best known for his work with Alison Krauss. The younger Lucas could harmonize before he could read and spent six years as a vocalist with the Indiana University Children's Choir. Then he discovered punk rock and veered off defiantly in that direction, working as a bassist, guitarist, and/or vocalist for several bands, including Twenty Third...
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