Gary Lucas

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: guitar avant-garde instrumental seen live tzadik captain beefhart blues sxsw2007 radical jewish culture musicus 2009 Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1990s 2000s


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 Buckley’s 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 Bernstein’s Mass. After a few other musical detours had...

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