Many artists have taken to the stage and studio with nothing more than a guitar and a handful of heartfelt songs. Fewer have managed to do so without being pigeonholed, or worse, lost in the shuffle of a seemingly endless parade of so-called singer/songwriters. Tony Lucca has not only managed to stand out as an original artist in defiance of genre classification, hes done it diligently for close to ten years, constantly honing his craft and cultivating an extremely enthusiastic following every step of the way.
I think that when what you aspire to do is of a timeless, classic nature, it will inevitably outlast the trends and the uncertainty of whatever business youre in. People will always want to hear good songs.
And with that said we are drawn into the world of Tony Lucca. A place where he can weave words together, painting pictures and emotions that bewitch longtime fans and resonate with discerning critics, as well.
A veteran of the star-churning Mickey Mouse Club, Tony grew up in Waterford, Michigan surrounded by a large musical family. At the age of 3 he began singing and playing guitar and by the time he was 12 he had begun writing and playing in various local Detroit area bands. Growing up on a diet of family gatherings that turned into extended jam sessions Luccas path was set. Following his stint on the MMC he moved to LA where he appeared in numerous independent movies and the short-lived series, Malibu Shores. But remaining true to his personal vision, Tony returned to music, shunning the 90s pop scene and searching for deeper more personal sound with an honesty not often found today.
In 1997, Lucca took to the internet with his independent debut, So Satisfied. Having sold 2000 copies within a year, he then followed that up with the 1999 release, Strong Words, Softly Spoken. With only the internet and constant touring, Lucca went on to sell a total of 10,000 records in just a few short years. After garnering the 2001 LA Music Award for best male singer/songwriter, Tony Lucca had created quite a buzz with industry insiders and managed to take to the road opening for recording mega stars like *NSync and Marc Anthony, sharing the stage with a diverse array of artists such as Macy Gray, Johnny Lang, and the late great Chris Whitley.
After several years of indy perseverance, Lucca released his first commercially distributed album in 2004. Shotgun, the consummate road trip record, takes the listener for a ride.
Ive done so much traveling myself, always sifting through the same old cd collection. I just figured Id try to make the kind of record I would want to listen to when Im driving.
In 2005, Lucca released Anatomy of a Blackbird, a live concert dvd with a close-up, behind the scenes look at life on the road during his 2004 California tour. The documentary and 12 song set give an honest glimpse into the world of an artist hard at work and enjoying every minute of it.
August of 2006 ushered in the release of Lucca's 4th full length studio effort, Canyon Songs. This collection of songs was written and recorded entirely up in the canyons of Los Angeles. Canyon Songs is an homage to the thriving singer/songwriter spirit of the late 60's and early 70's that took Laurel Cayon out of it's mystical obscurity and placed it right dead smack in the middle of mainstream poular music. From the Joni Mitchell-laced "Songbird" to the Eagles-like "Darlin' I" Lucca reveals his earliest influences with the kind of maturity and respect that only comes with time. It's here that Lucca expresses his appreciation for song in a way that seems to be absent in so much of today's contemporary music.