Austin Lucas, Allison Weiss, PJ Bond, Trapper Schoepp | Schubas | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Austin Lucas, Allison Weiss, PJ Bond, Trapper Schoepp 

When: Tue., Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. 2013
Price: $12, $10 in advance
Austin Lucas used to play punk rock—he was in Indiana bands Twenty-Third Chapter and Rune in the late 90s—but on his latest album, Stay Reckless (New West), he continues his conversion to pure 70s-style country. Though Mark Nevers’s production occasionally brings out Lucas’s hard-rocking side—“So Much More Than Lonely” sounds like an amped-up take on British folk—by and large he’s shifted to twang, an unsurprising choice considering that his father is a seasoned bluegrass musician. At any rate he doesn’t rely on those flashes of punk energy to distinguish himself; his nasal, soulful singing is what gets him over. Stay Reckless is ostensibly a breakup album, but Lucas takes advantage of that conceit to engage in other forms of introspection, whether examining his relationship with a brother or taking pride in his peacenik parents (“Different Shade of Red”)—tweaking the notion of a “red state” is an interesting gambit from someone aiming for the mainstream-country crowd. —Peter Margasak Allison Weiss, PJ Bond, Trapper Schoepp open.



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