Lucy Dacus Brings Mellow Vibes to Austin for SXSW THOUGHTS+PHOTOS: LUCY DACUS @ STUBB'S | SXSW 3/14/18
AUSTIN, TX- For most of our SXSW artist coverage, we’ll keep it relatively short and sweet. We have over 80 artists to cover, so cut us some slack! 😉 We’ll basically be formatting each post into two parts: (1) Why our contributor wanted to see this act and (2) what our contributor thought of the performance”. Easy peasy. If you want to learn more about the act, make sure you click through to their social media links to get in the know. You won’t be disappointed!
Why I Wanted To See Lucy Dacus: I decided to spend my Day 3 evening at a Stubb’s BBQ showcase that featured six prominent acts, one of which was Lucy Dacus. I’ve heard of her being an up and comer in the indie-rock scene this past year so getting to check her out as part of a stacked line-up was certainly a plus.
What I Thought Of Lucy Dacus’ Performance: Everything about Lucy Dacus’s set was very gentle and mellow, and I mean that in very good way. There was no rocking out, no crazy guitar or drum solos from her band. She has a powerful and mature voice- perfect for her style of music.
Her performances at SXSW featured selections from her newest album, Historian, that was released on March 2nd, a week before SXSW. While her stage presence was rather subdued, you could still hear the emotion and passion in her voice as she gently sways while strumming her guitar. I was particularly intrigued by Dacus’ almost bashful demeanor on stage. With her head down looking at her feet, it was almost as she was too shy to share her music. It brought a real human element to her set and served as a pretty stark contrast to her powerful music.
I was particularly fond of the stage production for Lucy’s set. The stage lighting was really well done and coordinated. There was a heavy dose of blue and yellow lights that happened to work really well with Dacus’s bright red lipstick. It was just a tidbit that caught my eye but I consider it to be a part of her overall presentation and show which I very much enjoyed.
Historian is an album that delves into love and loss with some standout songs such as “Night Shift” and “Addictions.” It’s available on all current streaming platforms and surely for purchase on iTunes.