11 C
Byron Shire
July 4, 2022

Young troubadour plies family trade

Latest News

Council advertising

Thanks Council, for the advertisement on page 5 letting us know that you co-hosted a conference. It is good...

Other News

Flood-prone land in Murwillumbah swapped for flood-free land 

It has been five years in the making but the innovative land swap of flood-prone land for flood-free land in Murwillumbah is underway with a second round of ‘expressions of interest’ about to open. 

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 29 June, 2022

The Nimbin Art Fair is on again after many postponements owing to covid and the floods. Hosted by Nimbin Artists Gallery, a not-for-profit organisation supporting local creatives, the Fair allows you to see the whole gamut of creative art from the vibrant arts community that is Nimbin and its surrounds.

Cabarita Surf Club gets $500k funding boost

Cabarita Beach Surf Life Saving Club has secured a $500,000 grant in the NSW Government’s 2021/22 Surf Club Facility Program.

Destruction of Brunswick Heads mahogany

The foulest crime against the planet was committed secretly in the heart of Brunswick Heads during the pandemic lockdown....

Tweed Council to sponsor community events

With disasters like fires, floods and pandemics, still smouldering in our recent memory, Tweed Shire Council wants to know if you have an event that will help the Tweed community reconnect and celebrate after tough times?

Sport and gender

Olympic golden girl Cate Campbell claims to have wrestled long and hard with herself before passionately promoting a ban...

 

Eve Jeffery

 

This month Austin Lucas is travelling the highways and byways of Australia’s east coast for the first time for the ‘Young Troubadour Tour’.

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, Austin has also bolstered a loyal grassroots following with appearances at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Canada’s Sled Island Festival, Florida’s Harvest of Hope, and several successful European tours. Folk music is for the common folk, and Lucas delivers, often ending his shows playing on the floor amid the crowd.

 

Variously described as country/bluegrass with some classic rock and roll, Austin often finds himself in the ears of folk punk, alternative country, alt folk and alternative rock fans.

‘Honestly, everyone seems to hear something vaguely similar but nobody can agree on what to categorise it as,’ says Austin, whose fan base is strongest in Europe, specifically Finland of all places. ‘I don’t know exactly why, but my Finnish friend once told me that the reason was because Finnish people understand my sadness.’

 

Raised in the backwoods country of Monroe County, Indiana, Austin Lucas was born into a folk and bluegrass lineage – a genetic muso, dad Bob Lucas, is an accomplished musician and performer in his own right and at whose knee Austin learned to harmonise before learning to read.

 

 

Is it hard following in your father’s footsteps?

Not particularly. No more than it would be to follow if he were a carpenter or military man. Music is the family business and it comes naturally.

 

Do you play together often?

As often as possible.

 

Does he ‘help’ with you music?

He’s helped me record on numerous records and even produced a few as well.

 

Have you become more critical of his talent now that you are you own man?

Not at all. I’ve come to admire it ever more greatly over the years.

 

Is he more critical of you?

Much less so as my skill level has gone up. I think that’s fairly normal. We’ve become peers over the years of musical collaboration. I’d say that we both just have an incredible amount of mutual respect for one another.

 

Have you found the redemption your bio speaks of?

I’m not sure if I’ve ever been on any kind of quest for redemption. More like a quest for perfection/imperfection as well as an increase of songwriting skill and musical ability.

 

Since your debut album in 2006, you have released a lot of recordings – are you addicted to the studio?

I wouldn’t say that I’m addicted but I do love making records.

 

What has been the highlight and low point of the last 12 months? 

My high point and my low point are the same thing. I got divorced this year. Horrible, horrible experience but also very cathartic and it led to a very productive period. Crazy fucking life change, though.

 

What are you working on now?

Just finished tracking my new album, Stay Reckless, and now on to mixing.

 

When did you start working on the new album?

I went in with Mark Nevers in his studio in Nashville at the beginning of December 2012. We spent two weeks tracking the record. Mark will mix the record in Feb and we are hoping to have it out in early summer 2013.

 

What is your favourite track from the new album? 

My favorite track is probably a song called Different shade of red. It’s a really stereotypical 70s-sounding country song. It almost sounds patriotic but, if you listen to the words, it’s actually a song about being proud of being from a family that is from the radical left. Plus, we put this great phase guitar on the track. Tickles me to have it sound so much like a Waylon Jennings or Bocephus song.

 

Is this recording different from previous albums?

Absolutely. It was made as a band record with Glossary, rather than its being just my showing up with a batch of songs and piecing together musicians to make the record. I rehearsed with Glossary and got everything together so that it gelled pretty much before we went into the studio. It was awesome to make a record like that again. It had been too long since I’d done that.

 

What’s next?

Just lots and lots of touring and hopefully the release of my new album. I’m hitting SXSW in Austin, Texas in March [no he is not named after the city] then heading to Europe in April with Glossary as my backing band and hopefully for US touring after that. Plus planning my next Australia trip. I’d love to see more of this amazing country.

 

Who are you listening to now?

Mostly Glossary, who were my backing band on this new album. Aside from that, I’m listening to a lot of PJ Bond and Jamie Hay because I’m on tour with them and hearing them every night. But I’m not complaining!

 

Austin will play two gigs locally, the first on Thursday at The Wasp Factory in Lismore and on Friday at an all-ages show at The Shed in Byron Bay.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Teen missing from Coffs Harbour

NSW Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a teenager missing in the Coffs Harbour area.

A poem

Row upon row Lest we forget the rows of trees they planted to recall the rows of boys they sent to die in the war Jon Paul Summers, Suffolk Park

Destruction of Brunswick Heads mahogany

The foulest crime against the planet was committed secretly in the heart of Brunswick Heads during the pandemic lockdown. The rarest and most iconic...

Supply chain pain? Try localisation!

A community screening of Local Futures’ new film, 'Planet Local: A Quiet Revolution', will be held today, Friday, July 1, at The Farm in Byron Bay from 6pm. Damon Gameau and Pacha Light will be joining Helena Norberg-Hodge for a discussion afterwards.