Cas Lucas

Cas Lucas

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Cas Lucas’ interminably catchy acoustic pop blends the volcanic genius of Jimi Hendrix with the nascent brilliance of Robert Johnson, topped with the ubiquitous appeal of Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews and John Mayer.

Biography

When Cas Lucas first picked up a guitar, he quickly learned he couldn't put it down. "Girlfriends came and went, so did Transformers, G.I. Joe, sports, but never the guitar," says the 28-year-old of his life-long love affair with the instrument. "The guitar was always there. It has always been my favorite toy and oldest friend."

He received his first acoustic guitar at age six, and as Lucas grew into the instrument, he discovered the music of legends like Robert Johnson and Jimi Hendrix. It was the guitar work of these virtuosi that originally inspired him to make the instrument his own. Lucas polished his guitar skills throughout his teen years, teaching himself to play the riffs and songs of his heroes by ear from their CD's and his family's record collection.

In 1996, Lucas left his home in Central Florida and went north to study composition, performance, production, and blues history at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. At Hampshire Lucas had the good fortune to study with legendary, Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist Yusef Lateef, whose influence added an entirely new element to his playing. "Playing with Yusef in his performance seminars showed me how broad the tonal spectrum could be within a piece of music, " says Lucas. "It made me want to go beyond the standard progressions of blues and rock. Yusef's compositions, concepts, and playing showed me that there really are no wrong notes."

Having completed his studies, Lucas relocated to San Francisco and dove into the vibrant local scene. He has consistently performed around the Bay Area and the Western USA (and select shows on the East Coast and Midwest), gaining fans everywhere. Due largely to MySpace buzz and the grass roots promotion of his loyal fans and Street Team, Lucas' national and worldwide followings have started to grow as well, and his first national and European tours are soon to come.

Lucas' knack for creating infectious hooks and the ubiquitous pop sensibilities evoked in his guitar playing have led to frequent comparison with the likes of Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews, Sting (a Cas Lucas fan himself, who features Cas on his official MySpace's "top friends"), and John Mayer. But Lucas' style is more than that - beyond the hooks and lyrics, his musicianship spans the ages, calling to mind both the passionate intensity of Robert Johnson's raw blues, and the intricate, tonal playfulness of Michael Hedges's instrumental virtuosity.

Having lived through serious adversity, including traumatic health issues that left him burdened with a life-long chronic pain condition, years of drug use, addiction, and dealing, and a nearly constant barrage of personal and financial struggles, the depth of Lucas's music decisively sets him apart from many of his contemporaries. Lucas brings to bare the sum of his life's experience in his writing, playing and performing.

Now over two years clean and sober, Cas has come through these darker years with a renewed sense of creative and personal focus, his sense of humor firmly intact, and a backlog of over 150 original songs. Cas Lucas new CD, "Roads," expected by early 2007, is his first full-band recording since his late teens. Working with amazing local producer Adam Rossi (LUCE), it promises to be a CD worth hearing.

For all inquiries, contact Steffen Franz (http://psmrecordings.com) at (415) 292-7007, standout@psmrecordings.com

Lyrics

Dream A Window

Written By: Cas Lucas

You can dream a window, step outside
throw your arms around the open-wide
Life's a hang-up, many times it seems
It's a long ride, but it can set you free.

I was lying in bed one morning I was petrified, hadn't slept all night
I heard the phone ring by my head
Well I picked up, said yeah it's me
I think I won't be in no more
And I checked the f*cking straight-life at the door

I just dreamed a window, stepped outside
Saw the door was open all the time
Life's a hang-up, many times it seems
It's a long ride for you and me

It was easy as just doing it,
that job ain't you
Your girlfriend's out-her-mind, there's nothing you can do
So I filled my life with music and trusted friends, learned to read the bends
And I found some space to throw my weight around

I've finally found
Legs to stand on, friends to lean on,
and the piece of mind to care
It was always there
A chance worth taking, a life worth saving
Now lights are changing, times so strange that I can hardly bear,
but I'll dream me there

You can dream a window, step out there
Throw your arms around it, man
Life's a hang-up, many times it seems
It's a long ride, but it can set you free
It's a long ride, yeah it's gonna be
It's a long ride for you and me.

Feel You

Written By: Cas Lucas

I can feel you in the morning
I can feel you in my sleep
I can feel you like an armchair sitting in the sun on a river so deep
I can feel you like you're flowing
I can see you nice and clear
And I can tell you that I got something for you, babe, you ain't had here

Let this be the love I wanted (like I know it is, lord)
Let this thing forever be (or a little while's fine)
I'll take my time, oh lord, I'm on it (take me as I am, girl)
Bring that love on home to me...
And tomorrow just let it be

I can fit you in my suitcase
I said you're little like a toy
You make me feel just like my mama rocking me off to sleep when I's a little baby boy
And I can feel you like a night wind, blowing straight on out to see
And I can tell you I'm shook and I'm shaking and your love it takes me

Let this be the love I wanted (like I know it is, lord)
Let this thing forever be (or a little while's fine)
I'll take my time, oh lord, I'm on it (take me as I am, girl)
Bring that love on home to me...
And tomorrow just let it be

I'll rock this time, I'll roll just fine
Come walk this line with me
I can't deny, that I'm lost inside
But this simple song could be, the best damn thing for me

I can feel you like my woman
And I can feel my little girl
Kinda like the way your voice is the strongest and the sweetest little sound I ever heard in the whole damn world
I wanna hear it in the morning
You know I fear it in my dreams
And I can tell you I'm falling and all-in and your voice it calls me

Let this be the love I wanted (like I know it is, lord)
Let this thing forever be (or a little while's fine)
I'll take my time, oh lord, I'm on it (take me as I am, girl)
Bring that love on home to me...
And tomorrow just let it be

I'll rock this time, I'll roll just fine
Come walk this line with me
I can't deny, that I'm lost inside
But this simple song could be, the best damn thing I ever wrote
Feel that lump sitting in your throat
Coming out and singing every note
Looking for this simple sense of free
That I can feel it in the morning, when you're waking from your dreams
I said it's simple as it seems
Cummon and let it be
Cummon and let it be
Cummon and let it be

Blind

Written By: Cas Lucas

So these walls surround me
Have they found me, is it them?
They're all the same, man
Yes, I've seen your hair, I've seen you shining fine and new
And it leaves me here with nothing to do

Maybe I can sleep all night this restless cage I call my own,
Thus it's flown
Up and in the air right past this twisted head of mine
Tries to put back reason to rhyme

Oh my woman, I've lost my mind
Used to be beautiful
Now I look at you, and I go blind
Only hold me in my dreams
And I've seen the last of your sweet love
So it seems

So these walls surround me
Have they found me, is it them?
They're all the same, man
So these women come
I grab's em leaves em on the shelf
At least I've lost my health
And my mind

Discography

Giving it Back (2004)
Roads (coming 2007)

Set List

Cas's 150 original tunes, spanning mellow acoustic rock (often compared to DMB and Jack Johnson), groove rock (think Portishead meets Ben Harper), acoustic blues (Robert Johnson, Son House, Keb Mo'), funk, as well as tasteful covers by diverse artists like Sting, Robert Johnson, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Paul Simon, Dave Matthews, and more...