|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||guitar avant-garde instrumental seen live tzadik captain beefhart blues sxsw2007 radical jewish culture musicus 2009|
1952, Syracuse, New York, USA. Although US guitarist Lucas has issued several solo albums on his own over the years, he is probably best known for his work with others, including a brief stint with avant garde icon Captain Beefheart, and co-writing a few of Jeff Buckleys best compositions.
Raised in Syracuse, New York, USA, Lucas started off first as a French horn player as a youngster, before focusing on guitar. Lucas continued to play music even during a period at Yale University (where he studied English literature), and by the early 70s, had become a great admirer of Captain Beefheart. After a bid to convince him to let the up-and-coming guitarist join his band failed (but resulted in a friendship), Lucas focused his attention elsewhere, including composing the soundtrack of the 1971 documentary Aquatic Ecology and playing guitar at the 1973 European premiere of Leonard Bernsteins Mass. After a few other musical detours had...