Lucky Tubb & The Modern Day Troubadours

Lucky Tubb & The Modern Day Troubadours


Lucky Tubb, (Ernest Tubb's nephew) and his band, The Modern Day Troubadours have opened for Hank III (east coast tour), Junior Brown, Ray Price and Dwight Yoakam. Damn the Luck, the band's 2nd disc is selling out across the country, getting rave reviews and word is definitely out on Lucky Tubb.


LUCKY TUBB AND THE MODERN DAY TROUBADOURS “If Ernest Tubb is the King of Honky Tonk music, then Lucky Tubb is surely the Prince” Choosing to carry out the legacy of his great-uncle, Lucky’s style is reminiscent to the raw and original country style of the earliest Nashville artists. Before music row forgot their heritage. Lucky Tubbs album “Generations” was recorded in January of 2003, after a devastating Christmas Eve house fire burned away all of his belongings. Through generous donations, he was able to re-establish equipment and love from the music community. He carried on. Never breaking stride and never retreating, Lucky has moved up the ranks of the Texas music scene. Starting out playing coffee shops for tips with only a snare drummer, to opening for country music cornerstones such as ET’s old pal Ray Price and country superstar Dwight Yoakum. Lucky wears his life experiences like a well-tailored suit with the sleeves ripped off. In the early days, despite poor management, heavy drinking, and quick temper (alongside many acclaimed honky-tonkers and country legends), he has grown to realize the responsibilities bestowed to him through heritage. Bottom line, Lucky Tubb is the real deal. People will always like good honky-tonk music, and will for generations to come.

review of DAMN the LUCK from Lone Star Music:
Damn the Luck, the new CD release by Lucky Tubb & The Modern Day Troubadours evokes images of smoke-filled honky tonks, fallen angels, gun–toting rounders, hard drinkin’ backsliders and hopelessly scarred romantics. This CD is as honest and real as a hot plate of biscuits and gravy. The melodies, the production and the instrumentation on these eleven songs could have easily fit in on an old Wurlitzer juke box, in any Texas beer joint, honky tank, or roadhouse, during the early to mid 50’s, when Ernest (Tubb) had us waltzing across Texas (another Tubb, Talmedge , actually wrote “waltz across Texas”)
Lucky Tubb has taken it upon himself to preserve his family’s musical heritage and does so with reverence and pride. The songs here shine like sequins on a vintage Nudie suit (early Porter and pre-Gram), with Lucky staking vocal claim to the sound created by his elders. This is really a Tubb “family” album. Lucky’s Uncle Douglas wrote three of the eleven songs on the album (written between 1952 and 1956), and another relative (Ronnie Wade) gets the star treatment with a song from 1957, Lucky himself penned six songs on the CD and they sound as genuine and heartfelt as those written over 50 years ago.
So, put that damned gun down and just listen. The Modern Day Troubadours play with Freshness and urgency. Moaning steel guitar, lonesome mandolin, and sad sweeping fiddle lines (maybe even a burning hot lick or two from an old fender Telecaster) and are all seamlessly woven into the production. Lucky and the band wrap around the lyrics and melodies like calloused hands on an ice cold longneck. No clutter, no overplaying, no excess and no grandstanding can be heard. The sound here is a black and white photograph that you can still see (and hear) with your eyes closed. The tunes are timeless and sound familiar, yet new, coming off as fresh and flavorful as southern fried chicken. These troublesome songs of love lost, heartache, and heartbreak go down best in a shot glass full of bonded whiskey. Thank goodness that we occasionally get exposed to “insurgent” country CD’s like this. It’s music that is rough cut, and bootleg-distilled full of tears of yesterday’s broken hearts, and held together by the authority of a loaded glove compartment pistol. Lucky seems to have his finger firmly on the trigger. Buy him a drink. He’s got a long story to tell.
R. Simeon Franks
Lone Star Music Magazine, December/ January 2009


Generations, 2004
Damn The Luck, 2008

Honky Tonkin
Damn the Luck
Used up Love

Set List

Tubb and the band typically play 2 -45 minute long sets.
This includes songs from both albums, authentic covers of Ernest Tubb, Hank III, Junior Brown, Johnny and June Carter Cash, as well as new material written by Lucky and the band.