Over the last two decades, the name Austin Lucas has become synonymous with emotionally impactful, intellectual songwriting, and unparalleled live performances. Consumed by an overdeveloped sense of wanderlust as a young person, the critically-acclaimed Bloomington, Indiana-bred artist spent their formative years in the driver’s seat of various beaten-up Ford Econolines. Burning through countless miles and living the world over, Austin calls “home” everywhere from the American West Coast to the central states of the European continent.
As a young person, Austin worshipped a diverse mixture of Classic Rock, Country, Punk, Psychedelic Folk, and Mountain Music and has made a career by successfully fusing these disparate influences into something uniquely their own. Austin, known as a “songwriter’s songwriter,” has been a fixture in the worlds of Alternative Country and Folk Punk, having toured with everyone from Willie Nelson, Brent Cobb, Face To Face, Frank Turner, Lavender Country, Nathaniel Rateliff, Chuck Ragan, Dawes, Langhorne Slim, Joe Pug, John Moreland, Lucero, and
Austin’s long history in the DIY punk scene forged an uncompromising attitude towards the way their art should be presented to the world. Although a desire to do things on their own terms has inspired countless artists over the years, their iconoclastic heart has often found them running afoul of music industry executives. Nevertheless, Austin’s place is now where it always has been, at the forefront of a cultural zeitgeist. Uplifting and expanding on the traditions of American Roots Music, while holding true to the attitude and ethics of political Hardcore and Indie underground–the lifeblood that runs through their veins.
Praise for Austin Lucas…
“Astounding… terrifying and tender.” – BBC Radio
“Seriously intelligent writing drenched in music that blurs the boundaries between country and rock, all underpinned by the intensity of punk.” – RNR Magazine
“Lucas has been in this particular game for over two decades, and has used that time wisely in honing his sound and carving out a unique niche. Americana, punk, and folk all attract their fair share of misfits, but there’s no one quite like him.” – PITCHFORK
“Austin Lucas is one of our most uncompromising songwriters. His latest album, Alive in the Hot Zone, finds the troubadour honing his lyrics into a weapon. In this go-around, Lucas focuses on self-exploration, love, youth, and the wretched state of the world with unflinching clarity: a masterclass on well-trodden themes.” – No Depression Magazine
“Made of muscular and well-toned roots-country, the thickness of which is where Mr. Lucas’s background in punk and hardcore peeks through.” – The New York Times
“Unlike anything else happening in the realm of country and Americana.” – Paste Magazine
“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 Magazine (Noisey)
“Austin Lucas Transcends Americana.” – The Nashville Scene
“The modern archetype of the musical troubadour, Austin Lucas is a songwriter’s songwriter.” – Popmatters