theaussieword.com catches up with Uncle Lucius.
Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music?
I always enjoyed singing. Growing up I would sing along with the radio, and at the age of 15, started playing guitar and writing songs. I wasn’t serious about it until the age of 25. That’s when I quit my job in banking and moved from small-town Texas to the city of Austin. The band formed in 2006 when a songwriter friend of mine and I decided to move beyond the open mic scene. We found some like minded individuals and played as much as possible. Ten years, four studio albums and a few thousand miles later, Uncle Lucius is still touring and growing.
What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music?
The rat race may be the single largest motivating factor behind what we do. Specifically our intention to not let it dictate our lives. We’ve chosen to do what we Love instead of what makes us the most money. We just happen to Love music. There is a freedom and a responsibility to continue growing as creative’s and to push forward toward full potential. We are lucky enough to be able to express ourselves as humans, stir emotions with song and create a real connection with others through music. Although most of the time it can be a struggle financially, we’ve been blessed beyond compare.
What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist?
As an artist, the goal is to continually grow.
Success, what is the secret to it?
Doing what you Love on your own terms.
What has been your biggest career highlight so far?
I’d have to say it’s a tie between touring the East Coast with Leon Russell and opening a show for Merle Haggard in Ardmore, Oklahoma.
Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?
There are so many. Here’s a partial list: Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver, James McMurtry, Neil Young, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chuck Prophet, Jason Isbell, Shinyribs, Los Lobos, Quaker City Night Hawks.
The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?
Bubbling under the radar, writing and performing music all over the world and living on a small farm somewhere on the outskirts. Fame and fortune are not the goal. Continued happiness and growth are.
The shape of the music industry has changed significantly over the years, including the use of social media, how do you feel about the industry as a whole and what does it mean to you in getting your records out into the public eye?
It seems like a lot of noise to me.
Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists.
INXS, Wolfmother, John Butler Trio, Silverchair and of course AC/DC.
What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour?
We will continue to tour the Midwest and Southeast United States through the summer. In the fall, we will return to Europe for a five week tour. Look for us to play in the UK, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.
Tell us a bit about your latest record, how would you best describe your music?
Our latest is our fourth studio album to date. In my opinion it is our best work. It reflects the progress we have made as musicians and songwriters. The subject matter delves into the inner and outer journey that is life and the questions that must be asked to navigate it. It’s been called Southern rock for the thinking man. I would not disagree.
Do you have any new projects in the pipeline?
We’ve recently recorded a live sold out show in our hometown of Austin Texas. The hope is to release it as an album sometime in the near future.
Thanks for the interview! What final message do you have for us today?
Follow your bliss and don’t take yourself so seriously.
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