February 7, 2018
Brooklyn Vegan Premieres Paul Luc’s New Album, ‘Bad Seed’
Singer-songwriter recruits strangers to recreate great recording sessions of the past
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – February 7, 2018 – For his new LP, Pittsburgh-based singer-songwriter Paul Lucwanted to create an experience, to simulate the great recording sessions of the past. He worked with a renowned group of musicians he had never met, and they recorded the album straight to tape. Bad Seedcan be heard in full today via Brooklyn Vegan, mentioning Paul has “a great knack for melody, his voice has just the right balance between cleanliness and grit, and there’s some real nice guitar work on this thing.” The album will be available on iTunes, Apple Music and Spotify on Friday, February 9.
For Bad Seed, Luc and producer Dave Hidek tapped an all-star group of musicians who recorded without rehearsing at Nashville’s Welcome to 1979 Studios. They included drummer Paul Griffith(John Prine, Jason Isbell, k.d. lang), singer-songwriter Leah Blevins on backing vocals, bassistCameron Carrus, pianist Jefferson Crow and pedal steel/guitar player Laur “Lil’ Joe” Joamets, both part of Sturgill Simpson’s band from the iconic 2016 album A Sailor’s Guide to Earth.
Featured in Rolling Stone Country’s New Country Artists to Know in January, Luc is known for his ability to combine brutally-honest lyrics and relatable themes with upbeat rhythms; a tradition continued onBad Seed. “[Luc] carries a distinct tinge of light gravel to his mostly crystalline vocals that give him that extra bit of a compelling edge,” PopMatters said about anxiety-ridden “Restless Mind.” With early praise from American Songwriter, “Slow Dancing” chronicles a relationship where the scale isn’t quite set to even; when it’s time to say goodbye but just not quite yet. Inspired by a party he attended during his stint in corporate America, Luc wrote “Lone Wolves” after seeing a stranger who seemingly felt the same way he did about the display: “we’re both lone wolves; always been on our own, even when we’re not alone.” Luc recruited Blevins to sing the stranger’s part on the song. The album has also received hometown praise from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which called the album an “Americana gem,” and the Pittsburgh City Paper, saying the album sounds “organic and comfortable, despite being made by a group of strangers.”
Luc’s love for music dates back to early childhood, when he found his parent’s record collection at age five. Early influences including Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, John Lennon, The Band, and Elton John are uniquely weaved throughout his melodies. By elementary school, he explored a new love of jazz music, and in high school, toured regionally with a rock band. He eventually entered the corporate workforce, playing local shows on the weekend and releasing his first album — but after years of working a grueling 9-5, Luc woke up one day, tired, bored, and unhappy with his situation, and without a plan, quit his job. Since then, he’s harnessed his full energy toward making music.
“I try to write about personal experience, and people usually relate in their own unexpected ways. There’s something beautiful about music and the unpredictable ways it connects people,” he said.
And if anything, that’s what Bad Seed is — proof that even out of the unknown, something beautiful can surface.
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February 20 – Chicago, IL – The Elbo Room
February 24 – Washington, DC – Gypsy Sally’s
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