11 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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EDITORS’ NOTES

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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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5

11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Wow

TX_RED_DIRT

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

Just buy it!

MuttX7

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

Great record!

lastchancemusiccom

Top 5 of 2013

About Austin Lucas

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 Chapter (1997-1999), Rune (he was the group's lead singer from 1998 through 2000), K10 Prospect (as lead singer and guitarist from 2000 to 2004), and the Prague-based Guided Cradle (he became the band's lead guitarist in 2004). Lucas moved to the Czech Republic in 2003, and by the time he returned to the states in 2008, he had re-thought his musical direction, moving toward the Americana-based music and songwriting of his childhood, developing an intelligent and melodic style, and unveiling a country-flavored voice that would make anyone in Nashville proud. He began releasing solo albums beginning with The Common Cold in 2006; it was followed with Putting the Hammer Down in 2007, Bristle Ridge (with Chuck Ragan) in 2008, At War with Freak Folk, also in 2008, Somebody Loves You in 2009, and, after signing with New West Records, Stay Reckless in 2013. ~ Steve Leggett

HOMETOWN
Bloomington Indiana
GENRE
Country

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