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October 8, 2013 @ 8:30 pm - 11:45 pm
Austin Lucas with Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires and Ronstadt Generations
Following his successful run on the 2008 Revival Tour alongside Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music), Ben Nichols (Lucero), and Tim Barry (Avail), and his Billboard charting Somebody Loves You LP(2009), Austin Lucas is proud to release his fourth album, A New Home In The Old World (2011), his recording debut for Last Chance Records. Raised in the backwoods country of Monroe County, Indiana, Austin was born into a folk and bluegrass lineage. Building on the instrumental palate of banjo, fiddle, upright bass, and pedal steel, A New Home In The Old World ratchets the sound up to the next level, adding texture with a Hammond B3 organ, the brassy flourishes of a trumpet, and electric guitar. A New Home In The Old World features studio accompaniment from a rotating cast of friends and family, including members of alt-country heavy-hitters Lucero and Magnolia Electric Co., and no less than four members of the Lucas clan. The songs themselves are the most diverse Lucas has offered to date, pushing past the confines of singer-songwriter genre convention. Singing with the conviction of a preacher bereft of his faith, Lucas accordingly tackles recurrent themes of the soul, sin as personal purgatory, and the possibility of finding redemption in this life. While Lucas came of age in the basements of DIY punk and hardcore, his solo musical output is less reminiscent of the gravel-throated whiskey-drinking punk troubadours. Rivaling the projection of Neko Case, the hushed cadences of Sam Beam (Iron And Wine), and the heartache of Gillian Welch, this is Lucas’ richest work to date, placing him in the company of the strongest voices in contemporary Americana.
“The music of the Ronstadt Generations family band exemplifies splendidly the inextricable relationships of diverse ethnic folk forms that comprisethe beautiful tapestry of American folk music,” —Stephanie P. Ledgin Author, “Discovering Folk Music”