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Uncle Lucius will bring a blend of country, rock soul and blues to Rover Park

By Russ Gordon

This Friday night we’ll be at Rover Park in White Rock with the Austin, Texas country-rock-soul-blues band Uncle Lucius. To get to Rover Park, turn left at the first light in White Rock (Rover Blvd) and go about one mile, the park’s on the left.

The Black Crowes, The Band, the Outlaws, the Allman Brothers, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, Otis Redding and Bill Withers have influenced Uncle Lucius’ music.

They’re a very soulful Southern rock band. You can listen to them on www.myspace.com/unclelucius, or go to Youtube and search for Uncle Lucius; you’ll find lots of videos. There’s also a ton of entries if you Google them.

The four guys all moved to Austin in the early 2000s looking to find a band and make it at the “live music capital of the world.” The four were all classic rock and country fans who had been learning about and playing music since early childhood. They found each other playing in bars, street corners and jam sessions. They formed Uncle Lucius in 2005.

“Everyone’s on the same page and we all want the same thing, to create the magic that can only happen when you work with the right people the right way. I’m able to measure where we’ve come from and where we are now,” lead singer Kevin Galloway said.  “It’s just been crazy how much better we’ve gotten as musicians and how much better we’ve gotten together. And it’s only the beginning. I can see where it’s gonna go and it’s exciting to see. It’s a cool journey that just unveils itself every day.”

The band is getting tremendous reviews all around the country for their live act. They’re musicians playing good songs, with high energy. They’re one of Austin’s top country-rock bands and it’s our turn to catch them.

This will be the last concert of the Series. After Friday, we will have had 21 shows this summer.

Don’t for a second think that Uncle Lucius is just a fill-in show. It’ll be another dynamite gig for 2010 and it’ll have to get us through until next May if the “Circle” isn’t broken.

Hold on, I do have another show scheduled ... We booked a great Mississippi Delta blues act, Cedric Burnside and Lightnin’ Malcolm at the Blue Window Bistro for Sept. 17. I’ll tell you about them soon. Check them out at www.myspace.com. Tickets are $12. Dig it.

Editor’s note: Russ Gordon is the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series organizer.