Austin Lucas’ Gothic Heartland Rock Reaches New Pinnacle, With Help From Will Johnson And Steve Albini, On New Album Immortal Americans
Album Out August 17th on Cornelius Chapel Records, Listen To The Title Track Here
Lucas Performing at Americana Fest 2018, Opening Face To Face September Tour
June 25, 2018 – Written after a tumultuous period that found Austin Lucas getting sober, supporting his partner through a battle with cancer, and breaking up with his longtime record label, new album Immortal Americans is a clear-eyed record for murkier times, rooted in stripped-down, gothic heartland rock songs that find the artist reflecting upon the changes in both his hometown and himself. Out August 17th on Cornelius Chapel Records, Immortal Americans is co-produced by Lucas and Will Johnson (Centro-matic) and recorded/engineered by Steve Albini. It was captured in a series of live, full-band performances, the triumph of a man hitting bottom in myriad ways and finding the strength and sense of purpose to rise again.
Immortal Americans was written after Lucas returned to his hometown of Bloomington, IN. It's been over two decades since the songwriter packed his bags and left the Midwestern town where he spent his childhood years falling in love with rock & roll, embracing his punk roots, and standing his ground whenever intolerant locals didn't understand his way of life.
American Songwriter says of the title track, “’Immortal Americans’ begins as a slow lament for outsiders and underdogs, before eventually building to a melodic anthem that celebrates those who transcended their outsider statuses to find community with like-minded, compassionate folks.”
There, in a region suffering from an opioid epidemic, an HIV crisis, and a homelessness problem, Lucas focused on rebuilding his career and his body. He got sober, shedding more than 100 pounds. He recounted the stories of his youth, where, as an outsider in a small town, he dodged beer cans hurled by passing drivers. As he once more walked the Bloomington streets, he learned to embrace his own fighting spirit again.
Immortal Americans was recorded at Albini's Electrical Audio studio in Chicago. The band who perform on the album—whose members included Lucas’ Dad, bluegrass musician Bob Lucas, who'd traveled north to play banjo with his son—crowded into the same room and played together, resulting in an all-analog album that's both raw and real.
Austin Lucas – 2018 Tour Dates
June 29 - Lafayette IN - Knickerbocker Saloon
July 5-7 - Denton TX - Summer Hang
Aug 3 - Goshen IN – Downtown Goshen First Friday Stage
Aug 8 - Knoxville TN - Boyds Jig & Reel
Aug 9 - Chapel Hill NC - LOCAL 506
Aug 16 - Louisville KY - Magbar
Aug 17 Bloomington IN - The Bishop
Aug 18 - Columbus OH - Rumba Cafe
Aug 31 - Birmingham AL Seasick Records (In-store appearance)
Sept - 12 Nashville, TN - AMERICANAFEST
Sept 14 – Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge*
Sept 16 Pittsburgh, PA - Club Café*
Sept 17 - Buffalo, NY - Rec Room*
Sept 18 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory*
Sept 19 - New York, NY - City Winery*
Sept 20 - Garwood, NJ – Crossroads*
Sept 21 Croydon, PA – Neshaminy Creek Brewing*
Sept 22 - Ithaca, NY - The Haunt*
Sept 23 - Boston, MA - City Winery*
Sept 25 - Virginia Beach, VA – Shakas*
Sept 26 - Washington, DC - City Winery*
Sept 27 - Richmond, VA – Broadberry*
Sept 28 - Atlanta, GA - City Winery*
Sept 29 - Cincinnati, OH – North Yacht Club*
Sept 30 - Nashville, TN - City Winery*
* w/ Face To Face
Pre-order Immortal Americans here.
Fore more information on Austin Lucas, please contact Rob Krauser at REK Room Media, firstname.lastname@example.org or 917.703.8361.