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Scott Lucas and the Married Men: Local H Frontman Stretches Out With Heavy Americana

Scott Lucas has been the guitar-wielding and singing half of Chicago duo Local H since 1987, and while the band's blend of grunge tone, classic songwriting smarts, and longevity has earned it plenty of recognition, it makes sense that a few steps to the side would be tempting to Lucas. A two-piece unit may make cutting the night's pay easier, but it doesn't allow the kind of heavy Americana experimentation Lucas achieves with his six-piece Married Men on his new record, Blood Half Moon.

Anchored by the heft of overdriven tube amps, Lucas' somber mediations (akin to those of Nick Cave or Johnny Cash) make for good road music, and that doesn't come as much as a surprise to the songwriter. "The record feels like a 'road record' to me," he says over the phone, discussing how a trip down the remains of Route 66 in Arizona resulted in the video for the album's namesake single.

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.