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Not a lot of touring bands make the commitment to venture down into Florida on a regular basis, but in the days following Atlanta’s Shaky Knees festival a virtual cornucopia of acts came south of the Georgia border. In the Tampa Bay area the following week there were shows by Shaky Knees' alumni Tyler Childers, Interpol, Foxing, Slothrust, and maybe more. But the easy pick for us was the combination of Lucy Dacus and Mothers the Tuesday following.
It’s not often you get to see two artists off of your top five albums list from the year before, so it was a no brainer to catch these two at one of the more cozy indie friendly
After a very quick set change, which was much appreciated by me after three days at Shaky Knees and some travel delays on the way back, Lucy Dacus and her three piece band took the stage. Having seen Dacus at the festival and as part of the boygenius tour in the past, it was great to see a full set that let her range a little more with less tight time confines. Dacus opened and closed with unrecorded material which she asked the audience not to film. I won’t give away much, but safe to say that her insightful songwriting is in tact - whether singing about “the fall of man and the evening news” or devastatingly detailing a friend’s toxic family relationship.
After opening with the new song, the rat-a-tat rimshots from drummer Ricardo Lagomasino called out the opening of ‘Addictions’ that was followed by ‘The Shell’ and
The latter half of the set included the anthemic builds of both ‘Map On A Wall’ and audience sing-a-long on ‘Night Shift’. While the rush of ‘I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore’ had her dancing a few steps with Angelella (with his slyly hidden Buccee’s sticker on his bass he’s okay with me). A few days on from wearing an empathetic “Who Taught You How To Hate Yourself” t-shirt, Dacus’ closing song was an emotional stunner where she portrayed strength to ward off a friend’s familial abuser. The nearly sold out crowd clearly came knowing all of Dacus’ songs by heart and hanging on every word it was one of the more attentive local crowds I’ve seen lately. Though Dacus isn't doing encores these days, her and Mothers' sets made for a perfect dessert on the heels of the feast of Shaky Knees.
Dacus has wrapped her U.S. dates for a while, but will be touring extensively in the U.K. and Europe this Summer including at Barcelona’s Primavera Sound Festival.
All photos: Christa Joyner Moody (link to live music photo gallery here)