After more than a decade fronting the Americana band Uncle Lucius, Austin singer-songwriter Kevin Galloway is striking out on his own. The band played its final show last month at Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, and now Galloway is set to release “The Change,” his first solo album, on Aug. 3 on local label Nine Mile Records.
Galloway has long been one of the city’s best singers; his soulful, richly melodic voice was a signature element of Uncle Lucius’ four studio albums (plus a live record done at the Saxon Pub in 2009). That voice is right out front where it should be on the solo album, including the lead single “Don’t It Feel Good to Smile,” which we’re exclusively premiering on Austin360 today:
Uncle Lucius co-founder Hal Jon Vorpahl co-produced the record with James Stevens at Stevens’ East Side Recording studio in Austin. His former Uncle Lucius mate Jonathan Grossman played keyboards; other musicians on the sessions included Willie Nelson bassist Kevin Smith, Midland pedal steel player Kim DesChamps, guitarist Doug Strahan, drummer George Duron and Benito Acevedo on harmonica.
Preorders of “The Change” are now available through Galloway’s page on PledgeMusic. The album features mostly original material, but Galloway also puts his stamp on “You Are So Beautiful,” the Billy Preston/Bruce Fisher tune made famous by the late Joe Cocker.
Galloway discussed his decision to go solo in a short statement announcing the new album. “My wife and I have two children under the age of 3 now,” he said. “After touring almost incessantly with a band for over a decade, I’ve decided to take a different approach. This album is a sincere reflection of my mindset while reorganizing priorities.”
Galloway will be back at Gruene Hall on May 22 for New Braunfels radio station KNBT’s 22nd annual Americana Music Jam. His next Austin dates (both with a full backing band) will be July 20 at Cactus Cafe and an Aug. 3 record-release show at the Continental Club.