On March 29, singer-songwriter Tony Lucca will add to his catalog with the release of his new Americana-flavored album, “Ain’t No Storm.” The record was recorded and produced by one-time Uncle Tupelo/Wilco drummer Ken Coomer at his Nashville studio and features many familiar local players.
Tony took a little different path then most before finding a welcome home in the Nashville songwriting community. He spent some of his early years in the “Mickey Mouse Club” alongside future pop stars like Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera, and in 2012, he made a top-three finish on the second season of NBC’s “The Voice.”
Listen and watch Tony’s latest single, “Nashville” where he really gets it right about being a Music City songwriter. This lovely tune may just become the theme song for these 11 Questions!
Thanks Tony for tackling the 11 Questions. We look forward to seeing your next gig at the Cambria Hotel in downtown Nash Vegas on March 4.
Where are you from originally, when did you move to Nashville and why?
I love the assumption that no one is actually from Nashville. Ha, so true! I’m originally from Michigan. Lived here for a hot minute back in 2000 but wound up back in my adoptive hometown of Los Angeles, where I spent most of my formative years. I finally moved back to Nashville, family in tow, summer of 2013 to finally get after my songwriting career in earnest.
What are the first and the last records you bought, and where did you buy them? Were they CD, vinyl or digital?
My first record was a vinyl 45 of “Our House” by Madness that I bought at Kmart in the early ’80s. Still one of my favorite classic 80s songs. More recently, I bought a vinyl reissue of Magical Mystery Tour for my daughter. She’s nine and a huge Beatles fan. Otherwise, I think I’ve streamed Black Bear by Andrew Belle on Spotify enough times to have paid for it at least twice. Love that album.
First and last live concerts that you’ve seen?
First live show was Hall & Oates in 1982. Last show was Dan Auerbach and friends at the Ryman.
Whose star should be added to the Music City Walk of Fame?
Where do you go in Nashville for coffee and pizza?
I dig both White Bison and Frothy Monkey in the Nations for coffee. Good vibes over there. And Five Points Pizza is hands-down the closest thing to New York-style pizza in town.
What’s your favorite record to ever come out of Nashville?
The Wreckage by Will Hoge
Where’s the best place to eat late night after a show?
The Bluebird calls and asks you to host an “In the Round.” Pick three local songwriters to join you.
Billy Montana, Gabe Dixon, Anna Vaus
What are your favorite music venues to play in town?
3rd and Lindsley has always been a homecoming of sorts. The Basement (O.G.) seems to squeeze the goods out of you in the best way. Love the Local, 5 Spot and of course the Bluebird. Recently kicked off my monthly residency at the True Music Room inside the new Cambria Hotel and Suites downtown. It’s pretty sweet too!
Name a musician who you’d like to see move here?
Finally, what’s in your musical future?
More new music, and at a fairly more aggressive clip. I’d like to get to the point where I’m releasing (or at least able to release) an EP each quarter. That and a number one for Christmas. 😉