Former Uncle Lucius Front Man Kevin Galloway to Release Debut Solo Album
Longtime front man and co-founder of Uncle Lucius, Kevin Galloway is set to release his solo debut album, The Change on August 3. After a decade fronting UL, Galloway is regarded as one of Texas' purest and most soulful voices.
So what can we expect from his debut solo effort? A superbly crafted collection of distinctive Gulf Coast country soul that showcases the Southern-raised baritone at his best and most personal.
“It’s a love letter, and a promise to my newly formed family,” says Galloway. “My wife and I have two children under the age of three now. After touring almost incessantly with a band for over a decade, I’ve decided to take a different approach. This album is a sincere reflection of my mindset while reorganizing priorities.”
Recorded at EAR Studio in Austin, TX, ‘The Change’ was co- produced by former Uncle Lucius bandmate Hal Jon Vorpahl and the studio’s proprietor James Stevens and features nine tracks, five of which were written by Galloway. For this release, he enlisted a bevy of notable talent to lend a musical hand including Kim Deschamps (Cowboy Junkies) on pedal steel; Kevin Smith (Willie Nelson) on bass; Doug Strahan (The Good Neighbors) on guitar; George Duron (Jon Dee Graham) on drums, percussion; Jonathan Grossman (Uncle Lucius) on keys and Benito “Ace” Acevedo on harp.
Thematically, ‘The Change’ tackles love and expectation, collaboration and compromise. The album’s opener, “Don’t It Feel Good To Smile,” is an arresting Americana-infused gem that offers a portrait of a love affair in miniature, two people stealing a piece of the morning to share coffee and a cigarette. “Face In My Mind” is a bluesy nod to Galloway’s son while “Miles and Miles”” has the windswept quality of a good road trip. Other highlights on the album include two stellar covers – “Hands on The Wheel” (William Callery) and “You Are So Beautiful” (Billy Preston and Bruce Fisher) - though the material is treated with reverence; the tracks are no mere reproduction. The breezy title track tells the tale of loss, heartbreak, longing and redemption through realization while “When The Heart Cries Out” rounds out the album on a heart wrenchingly beautiful note.
Galloway plans to tour extensively throughout Texas and beyond this Summer and Fall. Stay tuned for tour announcements.