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A soulful blend of Americana, Rock, Alternative Country and American roots music.
Singer/Songwriter, Lucky Overton performs a mixture of Alternative Country and Soul that is mostly influenced by 60\'s and 70\'s country, rock and R&B. Lucky Overton’s music has been compared to acts such as The Rolling Stones and John Prine to Ray Charles and Otis Redding. The result is a sound that can only be described as ‘Soulful Americana.’
\"Lucky Overton wraps his smoky pipes around little gems of Country and Soul, bordering at times on a less-raspy Paul Westerberg or a slightly more soulful Pete Droge. Overton\'s cadence and music conjure the story-telling of Robert Earl Keen. Overton is a musical mutt who touches on many respected peers without getting pigeonholed into being the \"next\" somebody. That works for Overton. His working-man songs smolder, keeping the emotions close to the vest without ever allowing them to burst out. It creates a wonderful tension as he moves through his songs. His first full length and second release shows a young artist with promise as he refines his own sound.\" -- Jeff Weiss, Miles of Music, 7/24/08 www.milesofmusic.com
\"Lucky Overton is a singer-songwriter who strives for a perfect mix of Alternative Country and Soul. As a fan of performers such as The Rolling Stones, John Prine, Ray Charles and Otis Redding, whose music largly defined his life; it became quickly evident to this musician that he had to create his own \"Soulful Americana\" sound guided by these influences. He does that very cleverly on this CD \"College Town\", with 10 songs intended to create an image of his life and his emotions spanning the period from his 20th year to present.
Lucky says that his songs are best suited for listening in a car CD player on a long trip over the expansive American highways. He is self-described as the bastard son of Aretha Franklin and Graham Parsons. The influence of these artists you can hear in songs such as \"Thoughts of Rain\", \"Are You Alone Tonight?\", \"Sun City Skyline\" (could also have been something of Jesse Malin), and closer, \"Plane to North Carolina\".
The Soul influences are even stronger and more evident in \"Ain\'t It A Shame\", \"Wet 20\" and \"My Braces\". \"Watch Your Back\" leans more toward the Modern Jazz style, while the accoustic \"Black and Blue\" resembles strongly the famous songs of Neil Young.
As a follow-up to his 2006 \"Portland Sessions\", \"College Town\" should establish for Lucky Overton a well-earned place in the crowded field of Americana talents.\"
-Valsam, Rootstime, Belgium, 6/27/08
\"College Town came out May first. I don’t think any of these songs are about tourism. There are references to being out of gas, never turning back, broken bottles, railroad tracks and such standard fare for right before the electric guitar kicks in and sends us home....
“My Braces” mentions that Overton indeed lives in this college town. It’s a good slow builder, life affirming, with a little sorrow attached like the braces to the narrator’s legs. It’s a short one. It’s nice and kind of exemplifies the ‘personal over political, but it’s all political’po¬litical’ subject matter of the album.
The album features a cadre of excellent lo¬cal musicians, which create a dynamic com¬munity feel, and Overton’s voice is great. On the other hand, “Black and Blue” is excellent, because it’s more intimate, just the man and his guitar. The man can roll a good song alone.
The horns on closing track, “Plane to North Carolina” are just perfect sweet and close out the album with distinction.
Anyways, don’t burn Lucky Overton’s new CD College Town. It is a great album...Catch one of Flagstaff’s finest songwriters soon.\"
-Chipotle Frank, The Noise, 6/01/2008
“It\'s soulful Americana! It’s like driving through the desert at midnight with no headlights and disappearing into the distant rhythm of heartbreak, hope and desperation. I am the bastard son of Gram Parsons and Aretha Franklin. I’m Ray Charles with a guitar in a country bar. I’m soulful, I’m white, and I’m Dylan doing nothing but Nashville Skyline. It’s the music that makes you feel like Sam Cook, Hank Williams and Otis Redding are still alive.” -Lucky Overton
“The hard work compliments Lucky’s sincere, soulful acoustic sound. I hate to use the term “Americana folk,” but it just fits so well. It is good, though. His lyrics are thoughtful and reflective and the music sets the perfect mood for a dimly lit bar or coffeehouse. When people think about a modern Zane Grey, sitting around Flagstaff downtown, looking for inspiration in a distant place, this is the music playing in the background. This guy could make a ton of side cash being a sonic muse for up and coming writers. You know you’re good when you could probably make a killing inspiring things around you.”
-Mike Williams , The Noise, 5/1/08
\"With an acoustic guitar, an earthy voice and biting wit, Lucky tells irresistibly down home, edgy stories.\"