Uncle Lucius @ Old Rock House, St. Louis, MO

Word and pictures by Duane Clawson
As I get older, I find it somewhat humorous the labels that are put on bands. A few years back there were very few band labels: rock, country, disco, punk, and new wave pretty much summed it up.  Today, everyone is quick to label a band as indie when in reality it’s just good old-fashioned rock & roll. Uncle Lucius is just that, nothing more, nothing less, and tonight’s show at Old Rock House provided tangible evidence that rock and roll is alive and well in America.

Three weeks prior to the Old Rock House show, the band was in town for a party honoring the release of their latest album, And You Are Me.  Tonight, the band was serving as an opening act for Cody Canada and the Departed. The five members of Uncle Lucius are well polished but leave enough of the rough edges to set them apart from your average rock band.  Each member of Uncle Lucius contributed to the production of group’s latest album and the varying musical styles are felt throughout their live show. Lead singer Kevin Galloway adds a powerful vocal spin to the ever-prevalent rock and roll backbone of the blues that can be found in almost every Uncle Lucius song.  When feasible, the band can transform into a jam band reminiscent of Gov’t Mule.

The band performed eight of the eleven songs on And You Are Me for those came early to the Rock House.  The strongest of these songs, “Pocket Full of Misery”, features a horn section on the studio album; the band goes sans horns nicely in their live show with pure power.  “Keep the Wolves Away” is another stand out track from the new album and a song that tells a story with a flair reminiscent of vintage Neil Young. Uncle Lucius’ hour-long set came and went in the blink of an eye but it doesn't take long realize that no matter what you want to call their music, Uncle Lucius is the future of real rock and roll. Thanks to Uncle Lucius, their management, and Old Rock House for allowing us to cover the show. Pictures of the show are below:

Contributed by Duane Clawson
Uncle Lucius @ Old Rock House, St. Louis, MO Uncle Lucius @ Old Rock House, St. Louis, MO Reviewed by Scott Rowe, Editor on November 14, 2012 Rating: 5
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