Prairie-born folksinger writes songs for all
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.