When I was growing up I spent my summers on my grandparent’s land in Arkansas. To this day it’s the only set of directions I know how to give that includes “…after the paved road ends keep going 5 miles…”. I have mixed memories of my time there to be honest. I guess it’s one part of my childhood that refused to be romanticized. Some of the memories are amazing: pig roasts, ice cream socials, hanging out on the Tinsley’s farm down the road, hiding cigarettes in the chapel at the cemetery, drinking from a spring coming straight out the hillside, and much more. But there’s an underlying set of memories that I won’t go into here that make thinking back on those formidable years less than pleasant when you add the right amount of whiskey and being alone.

Somewhere in the back of my mind there has always been a sort of soundtrack to these summers. Some of it heavy metal because that’s what we listened to back then but some it is a wafting, soulful, folky sort of mountain music. I have never been able to put my finger on exactly what it sounds like until I played this album. Austin Lucas’s voice, rising and falling, along with the fiddles has, after all these years, given the soundtrack of part of formidable years a voice it has never had.

To look at Austin, especially his MySpace pics, you would expect to be able to use the words “dulcet tones” to describe anything he would sing. But judging this book by it’s cover would be a huge mistake. His vocals are amazing and easily transport the listener to a different time and place. It’s easy to hearken back to my summers in the hills of Arkansas and almost feel the evening begin to cool, sitting on the dock with a fishing pole in the water not caring whether the perch bite or not.

Look at that I’ve done gone all sentimental. Don’t get me wrong this album isn’t only for boys who spent their summers in the hills. With lyrics like “I shall lay my head on the shoulders of great men and live my life ’til honest end” there is something here for everyone. Between Austin’s voice, his songwriting, and his picking there is nothing lacking on this album. His sister, Chloe Manor, dropping in to harmonize takes some of the songs to a place one shouldn’t go with too much whiskey in their system. Any single one of these aspects would have made this a decent album but with them all combined the album is an outpouring of soulful melodies that touch on many themes and dive into depths most albums don’t reach. I could go on for a couple more paragraphs but I think it’s time to let the music speak for itself..

Austin Lucas – Shoulders
Austin Lucas – Resting Place
Austin Lucas – Life I’ve Got


Suburban Home Records Artist Page for Austin Lucas – This is where you go buy his music
Austin Lucas’s Official Site


  1. As you know, Austin has been touring with Two Cow Garage.
    Two Cow has been backing Austin up on several songs, too.
    When “Shoulders” was played with the full band, I almost
    lost it – incredible!
    Hope you get to see them play together in Denver!

  2. Thank you so much for all the great words about our bands. Nine Bullets, Suburban Home loves you. And everyone, please give Austin a listen or more importantly, see him live. His performances are jawdropping.

  3. I was really impressed with Austin. I have to admit I didn’t think it’d be my cup of tea but my mind was decidedly changed! And Virgil…NO! Thank you for putting out all of this awesome music. 😉

  4. I just finished listening to the album on my walk home and then read this…and couldn’t agree more 😀
    I can’t wait for him to tour Europe again.

  5. I had the pleasure of seeing Austin touring with Two Cow Garage and I have to agree with Kevin It was awesome when they played songs together. I think Austin should do an album with Two Cow Garage backing him. I have to thank Chuck Ragan for exposing me to Austin Lucas on Bristle Ridge.

  6. My fave album of the year so far. The songwriting is just so beautiful. Just an amazing album. It was great seeing Austin in DC last month.

  7. Man, what an album! Thanks for all that you do here at nine bullets. You lead me to so much great music.

  8. damn — is there anything that Suburban Home puts out that isn’t flat out amazing?? Virgil, even with the excellent pricing and sales, between you putting out great stuff and ninebullets (romeo – great write-up!) constantly supplying excellent new grooves to check out i am flat going broke …but what a damn good way to go!

  9. It’s not often an artist moves up to the daily playlist as fast as Lucas has for me. As you can imagine I have a LOT of music. As it stands Lucas is in daily rotation, still, and has joined the wife’s daily rotation which is amazing since she’s really not into music like I am and very picky at that.

  10. that show in DC was great once he unplugged and played in the crowd. The pa was just too damn loud.

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