Americana troubadour Austin Lucas returns to UK later this week for a series of dates before moving on the European mainland, he’s back in town to promote the new album Between the Moon and The Midwest, the new album see’s Austin take a side-step into country territory with a wonderful collection of ‘proper’ songs, the heartaches for real, classic country stylings are deftly overlaid with that magical Cosmic American dust that shines a spotlight on the songs and the stories they tell.
Austin Lucas – Unbroken Hearts
The song sequencing is just perfect on this album – with the tracks flowing perfectly from the opening lament of Unbroken Heart to the closer, and arguably the best track, Midnight.
Recorded with the help of Joey Kneiser and featuring guest appearances from a number of other Beat Surrender favourites including John Moreland, Lydia Loveless and Cory Branan it’s a record to fall in love with after a single play and one you’ll return to play over and over – highly recommended.
25 Daniel Romano – If I’ve Only One Time Askin’
24 John Moreland – High on Tulsa Heat
23 Joey Kneiser – The Wildness
22 Dave Rawlings Machine – Nashville Obsolete
21 Michael Rank & Stag – Horsehair
20 The Barker Band – The Land We Hold Dear
19 The Decemberists – What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World
18 The Unthanks – Mount The Air
17 M Lockwood Porter – 27
16 Eilen Jewell – Sundown Over Ghost Town
15 Vanessa Peters – with the Sentimentals
14 Lindi Ortega – Faded Gloryville
13 Kristin Diable – Create Your Own Mythology
12 Emily Barker – The Toerag Sessions
11 Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou – Expatriot
9 Lucero – All A Man Should Do
8 Kathryn Williams – Hypoxia
7 Lilly Hiatt – Royal Blue
6 American Aquarium – Wolves
“These songs are a love letter to rock and roll and to the person closest to you who lets you pursue it” says Joey Kneiser of his new album The Wildness, both the notion and the sentiment run true, it’s a honest album of little pretence that shuns the need to find any kind of niche.
There’s a certain reverence in the songs and music on this album and more than a little magic; with the artist seemingly having drawn a deep breathe, held and savoured the moment then exhaled something new, but familiar and comforting.
“The concept for the video stems from the idea that everything worth doing in life requires you to give up something in return,” Kneiser says. “In the video I give up a part of me to find something I lost along the way.”
Rock ‘n’ roll can, it seems, save your soul.