By Chuck Cox
Sometimes the best live bands are the ones that are the hardest to describe. And after witnessing my first Uncle Lucius show on Friday night at Hank’s Texas Grill in McKinney, I can honestly say the Austin quintet clearly falls into that category.
Since releasing its debut album, And You Are Me, in 2012, Uncle Lucius has built a fierce reputation as an absolutely killer live act that just so happens to make regular stops in Dallas/Fort Worth. In fact, the band also played in Weatherford on Saturday night.
Blending rock, country, rhythm and blues, soul and maybe even a smidge of jam band, Uncle Lucius was all over the map on Friday night. And I mean that in the best possible way. The band was incredibly energetic and polished, which worked well in the smaller setting at Hank’s. The crowd really seemed to feed off the band’s energy, and vise versa.
One minute, it was like I was watching some band in the 1970s tear it up; the next, it was like I was at the most rocking of church revivals, led by preachers with a whole lot of facial hair. In between all of that, Uncle Lucius covered Kris Kristofferson’s “Help Me Make it Through the Night.”
I really felt like I was seeing one of the most diverse bands I had ever heard play live. To add to that feeling, four of the five band members took their turn on lead vocals. You just don’t see that very often, and I think it is extremely cool.
When it was all said and done, the band played for two hours, much to the delight of the crowd. Even though I was only familiar with a few Uncle Lucius songs going in, I enjoyed every minute of the concert.
And another great things about shows at Hank’s is most of them are under 20 bucks. I will definitely plan on catching Uncle Lucius again when it rolls through town. If you like great, fun, live music, you should, too. And I’ll be heading back to Hank’s on Jan. 31 to catch the great Chris Knight.