by Dan Schram
Austin Lucas, one of the moment's hardest-working folk singers, returns to Durham on Sunday. At Motorco, Lucas will present material from Stay Reckless, his latest release and first for the well-regarded New West Records.
When we recorded this session late last year at Bull City Records, his song "Alone in Memphis" knocked me over. It perfectly captures the loneliness of a traveling musician, balancing love for what they do with the grind of doing it.
I don't want to be alone in Memphis
I don't want to be alone in New Orleans
I don't want to dwell in cheap motels
And dirty sheets and hourly rates.
I just want to put the pedal to the floor
Burn up the stage like an old troubadour
I want to get stoned
But I don't want to be alone in Memphis anymore
The second song here is part of our North Carolina-written cover series. Lucas learned "Wild Hog in the Woods" from Fred Parks of Black Mountain.
Lucas plays Motorco on Sunday with Campfires and Constellations along with Severed Fingers. The $8 show starts at 8 p.m.