Austin Lucas – Between The Moon And The Midwest – 2016

Welcome to my first piece for Ninebullets. Romeo Sid Vicious has been wanting to get me on the staff here and its an honour to be onboard. Yes, he reviewed the demo EP I put out recently but that was RSV’s own doing and his love of my music

Without a doubt, Austin Lucas is one of my favourite artists and one I definitely don’t get to see enough (the list of which is exhaustive) and is one I’ve enjoyed growing up with from seeing in my first year at the White Water Tavern For Two Cow Garage 10th Anniversary to only last week in Sheffield.

The birth of Between The Moon And The Midwest has not been easy but thankfully it is finally available to the world. It is closer in sound to the straight ahead Stay Reckless but certainly isn’t going backwards. “The Flame” is rammed full of honky tonk piano, horns and flanged drums which show off Austin’s intention for the album. With Glossary’s Joey Kneiser, at the helm, there’s an organic feel to the album with swells of pedal steel and vocal harmonies. While the guitar playing on Austin’s albums have never been overly flashy, more complimentary, the guitar and steel work of Ricky White (who is time served through Edinburgh punks Oi Polloi) is allowed to sit beside the vocals and be equally melodic in its own right. Elsewhere, the dynamics shift up a notch with Lydia Loveless providing a counter-point to the narrator of “Wrong Side Of A Dream”.

This is Austin’s strongest work to date, and one that I’ve fallen in love with off the bat. I can’t recommend this album enough. Here at 9B, we are all about the songs even when the Nashville machine doesn’t. When this finally drops in the USA, you best make sure you pick it up! It earns its place in the Essential Listening here at 9B towers.

 

 

You can pre-order the vinyl or, if like me, you live in the EU you can order the CD.

 

One thought on “Austin Lucas – Between The Moon And The Midwest – 2016”

  1. Will have to pick this up, this is honestly the first I’ve heard / read about it…seems like his prior album releases got a lot more publicity

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