Our Middle Western Tour was awesome! We played 12 dates in 11 states (in this exact, sporadic order: Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Michigan, Indiana, Missouri, Tennessee, Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa). In all we traveled 4,986 miles in our faithful steed, Vanna White! Those close-quarters-miles were spent with me, James Tommey (Bass), Mike Gomez (Drums), and John Owens (Manager). There were many highlights along the way. Most of all it was great to meet and make so many new friends and fans. It was also amazing to re-connect with friends I hadn’t seen in a long time, especially Al and Mod and the Hillsdale gang in Grand Rapids, my family and high school friends in Kalamazoo, the Perluts and Flavor Savers in Chicago, and the Julie crew in St. Louis. Thank you all for coming out to support my music! Also, meeting Tom Green while appearing on a Grand Rapids talk show was pretty epic!
I shot some more random iPhone photos and videos throughout the tour. You can check all those out with these links:
After returning from our tour we had several other really great concerts, including shows at two of our favorite Texas venues: Gruene Hall (New Braunfels, TX) and Random Beer Garden (Boerne, TX). We also performed at the Timberwood Park “Music in the Park” concert series and played three shows at the State Fair of Texas! It was my first time at the State Fair and it’s true, everything is bigger in Texas. Also, it’s fried. I recently had the pleasure of being a guest on the “Isaac Morehouse Podcast.” Isaac and I grew up together but haven’t seen each other in many years. We discuss my transition from being a lawyer to being a musician. You can check it out here: ISAAC MOREHOUSE: LUCAS JACK
There is a new artist that I just discovered called D.A. Wallach. Last week he released his album “Time Machine.” I cannot stop listening to it! Check it out HERE (https://open.spotify.com/album/2Dobv4jeXllRUhEb8Ite5e) . He also has a very interesting blog on his website. http://www.dawallach.com Fascinating dude. I reached out to him and discussed his recording technique and I plan to incorporate his tips in my new album (see below!!!).
There have been some very inconvenient but age-appropriate developments with my daughters, Clementine and Josie. Josie has discovered how to climb on the couch and dive off. Clementine has figured out how to climb out of her crib at night. Life, as I know it, is over.
Now for my most exciting news: I’m recording a new album in December! I’ll be working with two producers (Kit Karlson and Chip Johnson) at Alpine Red Studios in Gainesville, VA. I have 25 new songs that I need to pare down to 9 for this new album. The next few months I will not be playing as many shows while I focus on writing, recording, mixing, mastering, and releasing the new album. There will be tons of stuff happening behind the scenes and I’d like to give you the opportunity to be a part of it all! That’s why I’m using a platform called “Pledge Music.” All my favorite bands have been using Pledge Music to fund and release their new albums. Pledge Music is a unique platform that not only helps artists fund their new albums, but also gives pledgers the opportunity to access exclusive behind-the-scenes videos, photos, etc. of the entire process. Pledgers get to see exactly how the album is made! I will be launching my Pledge Music campaign in the next few weeks and I’ll get you more details then!