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LoCash at the Emerald Theatre, 3 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

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If they had never formed LoCash, Preston Brust and Chris Lucas would be considered successes in country music.

The duo co-wrote several hits, including Tim McGraw’s “Truck Yeah” and Keith Urban’s chart-topping “You Gonna Fly.” But they’ve also made their mark as artists in their own right.

The Nashville duo’s third album, “The Fighters,” debuted at No. 14 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and launched the Top 5 hits “I Love This Life” and “I Know Somebody.” They were nominated for ACM and CMT awards this year and are currently up for Vocal Duo of the Year at next month’s Country Music Association Awards. They’re also on the latest leg of McGraw and wife Faith Hill’s Soul2Soul Tour.

So while they may be fighters, but Brust and Lucas have reason to be loving every minute of this life they’re living...

• Sixteen months after “The Fighters” came out, Brust says he and Lucas are pleased with how the album has been received by fans. “When we write a song we try to connect to people’s hearts and speak to them through music -- as cliché as that sounds that’s really what we’re trying to do every time we sit down to write a song,” Brust explains by phone. “With ‘The Fighters’ it seems like we really connected with people like we want to. Whenever we perform ‘I Love This Life’ you can watch the crowd light up -- their hands get a little higher, the sing a little louder, smile a little bigger. That’s when you know the lyrics of the song are hitting them in their heart the way you hoped it would.”

• The CMA nomination has given LoCash what Brust calls “the trifecta” of country’s three major award shows. But he says that to he and Lucas, “it’s another party. Every excuse to have a party, we love it. But the CMAs is a big deal; Everybody wears tuxedos, and it’s kind of like the promo of country music. It’s the one that you bust out your best. I don’t want to say it’s the classiest, ‘cause the ACMs is huge, but there’s something about the CMAs and about getting nominated in both that makes you feel like you’ve truly been embraced by the industry.”

• LoCash is starting to think about what’s next and, according to Brust, already has about four songs recoded, with more in motion. “By the time October ends we should have six or seven, then we’ll probably record five or six more and try to turn the album in this year,” Brust says. “I think right now there’s just a little bit of pressure, but seeing how e connected with people’s hearts on (‘The Fighters’), I want to get that again. That’s important to Chris as well. I just want every song to stand up to a song on the last album -- not necessarily the same them, but I want to be able to be proud of it like we are ‘The Fighters.’”

If You Go:

• LoCash, Audrey Ray and Joey Vee

• 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26.

• The Emerald Theatre, 31 N. Walnut St., Mount Clemens.

• Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

• Call 586-630-0120 or visit theemeraldtheatre.com.

Web Site: www.themeraldtheatre.com

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