Austin Lucas is a punk journeyman, performer and songwriter from Bloomington, Indiana. Stricken by an over developed sense of wanderlust as a young person, Austin spent his formative years in the driver’s seat of various beat up Ford Econolines. Racking up countless miles on tour and living the world over, he’s made his home everywhere from the American West Coast to the Czech Republic.
Growing up, Austin listened to a mixture of classic rock, hardcore punk & metal, alongside the psychadelic folk, bluegrass and mountain music of his musician father. He’s made a career by successfully fusing these disparate influences and emerged as a prominent and revered talent among his fans and peers, standing on the shoulders of Country, Folk and Americana giants. The glorious traditions of roots music and the attitude and ethics of political 90’s DIY Punk, are the lifeblood that runs through his veins. Releasing albums since 2006, Austin Lucas has been a fixture in the worlds of Alternative Country and Folk Punk for nearly two decades, having sang alongside and toured with everyone from Willie Nelson and Jamey Johnson, Frank Turner and Chuck Ragan, to Dawes, Langhorne Slim, Joe Pug, John Moreland, Lucero and many others. To hear Austin Lucas or see him live is to discover the type of well kept secret that can only stay that way for so long.
During the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown, Austin Lucas has sheltered in place in Mainz, Germany. Although growing homesick, far away from his home and family in Indiana, he has used this extra time and inspired energy as proof that it’s impossible to keep a good troubadour down, writing songs for an upcoming album, to be co-produced by John Paul White (The Civil Wars) and Ben Tanner (The Alabama Shakes).
He has done various livestreams, and even recorded an acoustic album via one of those sessions. As always, he keeps his work ethic high, and engages with his fans while doing what he’s best at: writing, recording and playing beautiful, clever, albeit often melancholic songs.
Praise for Austin Lucas:
“Made of muscular and well-toned roots-country, the thickness of which is where Mr. Lucas’s background in punk and hardcore peeks through.” – New York Times
“A beautiful slice of Americana, crafted in the shadows of dying factories and institutional neglect—a compelling, brutal snapshot of what happens when the American dream turns to ashes.” – Vice (Noisey)
“A fine, raw-eyed examiner of the fractured heart and a deeply affecting singer. He is one of the quiet joys of current American music.” – The Independent UK
“Austin Lucas Transcends Americana.” – The Nashville Scene