Our Austin360 Artist of the Month for August is Kevin Galloway, the former Uncle Lucius leader whose first solo album, “The Change,” came out last week. He celebrated with record-release events on Friday at Waterloo Records and the Continental Club, playing both events with his band that features guitarist Doug Strahan and his Good Neighbors rhythm section plus Jonathan Grossman from the old Uncle Lucius lineup. Check out highlights from each show in our video above.
Galloway, a Texas Gulf Coast native who moved to Austin in 2002 after stints at a couple of junior colleges in East Texas, talked with us a bit about his early days in Austin. It was a long haul to get to where he is today.
“I almost went home quite a few times, because I couldn’t pay my rent,” he says, “I had so many jobs: I waited tables, sold oriental rugs, I delivered transmission parts, I’ve been a taxi driver, some I’m even forgetting. Just to be able to, on the weekends, play the open mics. So it was hard. But I got some lucky breaks. At a couple of those open mics, they were like, ‘We kind of like what you’re doing, do you want to have your own show?’
“I gave myself 10 years when I moved here: I said, ‘You have 10 years to mess with this, and if after that, you don’t do anything, THEN you think about going back.’ So that was in my mind. I pawned many guitars, I sold a truck I had… anything I could do to keep the ball rolling. And, you know, ate a lot of ramen, did that thing. But also was free to do that as a single man, and it didn’t really bother me that much.”
Also check out our Facebook Live acoustic session with Galloway at the American-Statesman studios: