Prairie-born folksinger writes songs for all

The Casket - - Wheels - SAM MAC­DON­ALD sam­mac­don­ald@the­cas­ket.ca

Zachary Lucky al­ways looks for­ward to per­form­ing in venues on the east coast. It feels like home for him, de­spite be­ing born and raised in Saskatchewan, and liv­ing in On­tario.

"There’s some­thing about the east coast. I’ve spent some time in New Brunswick, and per­formed be­fore in Nova Sco­tia, and there’s some­thing I can’t kick about the east coast," Lucky said. "I love the pace of life there and the hard­work­ing folks of the east­ern prov­inces.

Lucky, a singer who will be per­form­ing at The Town­house next month, said the peo­ple of the east coast have a char­ac­ter sim­i­lar to those of Saskatchewan.

"There’s a real re­sem­blance in the ways of life in Saskatchewan and the Mar­itimes – I’m not quite sure what it is," Lucky said. "Maybe it’s get­ting the short end of the stick, since they are areas that have faced eco­nomic hard­ship, con­sid­ered to be the mid­dle of nowhere where they have to be self-suf­fi­cient. They’re peo­ple I ad­mire and en­joy be­ing around."

Specif­i­cally, Lucky looks for­ward to re­turn­ing to Antigo­nish, where he’s per­formed at the Town­house twice be­fore.

"[The Town­house] re­mains one of my favourite rooms [in which to play mu­sic.] It’s such a great lit­tle lis­ten­ing room," Lucky said. "There’s a re­ally good at­mos­phere here, and I’ve been for­tu­nate enough to make some great friends in the area, the past cou­ple of times I’ve been there."

When he comes to play at the Town­house on the even­ing of Nov. 13, Lucky will be play­ing a duet per­for­mance with Mitch Thomp­son, an up­right bassist.

"We’ve been tour­ing and play­ing as a duo a lot lately, do­ing a lot of har­mony singing and there’s noth­ing quite like a big up­right bass hum­ming and thump­ing along with a guitar – it’s got a good feel to it," Lucky said.

Lucky de­scribes his mu­si­cal stylings as "some­where in this area be­tween folk mu­sic and coun­try mu­sic," and noted an up­right bass player in a roots duo adds a nice ver­sa­til­ity to the sound, rem­i­nis­cent of some of the ways up­right bass was used back in the early days of blue­grass and coun­try mu­sic.

"I’ve been call­ing it roots lately, be­cause that’s sort of what it feels like. It’s folk mu­sic, with a bit of coun­try lean­ing. It’s songs that tell sto­ries that you don’t hear in coun­try mu­sic th­ese days," Lucky said. "When you tell peo­ple you play coun­try mu­sic, they au­to­mat­i­cally think you play the mu­sic you hear on the ra­dio; that couldn’t be fur­ther from what I do."

As op­posed to play­ing things that would fit into top-40 kinds of songs, Lucky said he prefers to write and play songs that tell sto­ries peo­ple can re­late to.

"I write a lot of trav­el­ing songs – they say write what you know, so I’ve done a lot of that in the past 10 years," Lucky said. "I think peo­ple from mid­west­ern Canada and the east­ern prov­inces tend to un­der­stand the things I’m singing about. There are a lot of re­lat­able top­ics and songs. It makes it very sat­is­fy­ing when peo­ple re­ally un­der­stand the things you’re singing about. It’s nice when your songs res­onate with lis­ten­ers. It makes per­form­ing a lot eas­ier, and a lot more fun."

The per­for­mance at the Town­house is one of sev­eral stops on a tour Lucky and Thomp­son are em­bark­ing upon, from On­tario to Hal­i­fax, and back.

"We’re on the road al­most non-stop th­ese days," Lucky said. "It’s kind of like two weeks on, two weeks off, sort of thing – or at least ev­ery week­end. I’m based in On­tario, and end up do­ing a lot of tour­ing in On­tario. So it’s nice to get out east and west."

Zachary Lucky, an On­tario-based roots singer-song­writer from Saskatchewan, will be vis­it­ing the town­house to per­form Nov. 13.

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