AUSTIN LUCAS
Somebody Loves You CD - Suburban Home

Austin Lucas has made a Grand Canyon-sized impression in the underground music scene of late. A veteran of a number of throat-node garnering grind franchises, Lucas has slowly moved away from louder fare, releasing more and more material that reflects his youth in the American Bluegrass scene. Were you to judge Lucas by his scowl and sleeve tattoos, you might think he was one of the slew of hard guys plying the acoustic route in their old age. You would not be all that far from the truth, but know that Lucas is much more in the Hank III tradition than Thrice. Lucas' father is a well-respected figure in the bluegrass scene, having written material for Alison Kraus and others.

Somebody Loves You is the newest Austin Lucas release and it is quite the family affair. The aforementioned Bob Lucas recorded the record at the family home in Ohio, with the help of his sister Chloe Manor and a backing cast of players that included steel wizard Todd Beene of Lucero and Glossary. Austin and his guitar are the focus for the most part. Frankly, you don't need much more. Lucas has the voice of an angel, vocal training received as a runt on the bluegrass scene and refined by his years as a member of the prestigious Indiana University Children's Choir.

Paired with eleven tracks that most of Nashville would kill to have on their records, Somebody Loves You is a prime candidate for record of the year. It seems like I'm not the only one that feels that way, as the record debuted at #7 on the Billboard Bluegrass charts and spent a couple weeks lurking about. It's a novelty for Suburban Home and a first for Lucas, but is hopefully a harbinger of good things to come in the future. Lovers of bluegrass, country and/or good music in general cannot do wrong by picking up Somebody Loves You immediately.

By Rob Browning

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