One of the most impressive of Country Duos broke onto the scene in 2015 and haven’t looked back since. Boasting Gold-certified tracks and nominations for awards from the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association and nearly 500 million global steams, there really isn’t much that the two haven’t achieved.
Chris Lucas grew up in Baltimore, MD, by the water and Preston Brust was raised in Kokomo, IN surrounded by nature and now they have combined these two influences and created Woods & Water. Each of the five tracks on the EP has been written by at least one member of the two-piece, however, they have also bought some friends to the party, including Brian Wilson and Mike Love from The Beach Boys plus Nashville’s finest, Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Ben Hayslip and Chris LaCorte.
The inclusion of The Beach Boys is immediately noticed on the opening track, not solely because of the title but also as you sing “I get around” mixed in with high energy and huge sounding Country music. You are immediately caught up in the wave of music and you don’t come down through the entire 5 tracks. You find yourself singing along with the lyrics and feel an immediate uplift in your mood.
This high doesn’t reduce as the tracks progress and is simple yet effective causing you to keep pressing play and digging out the back catalogue if you don’t already have it.
The combination of Southern Rock with upbeat Country music provides a perfect blend and allows the duo to direct the music in a few different ways to suit the track and no matter which path they take, it is fun and engaging.
Woods & Water is the perfect music for the times. With people starting to feel optimistic for the first time in a long time, this will build on the positivity and help you dare to dream. As you sing, toe tap and dance along with the songs, you escape reality but when you return you retain that promising mindset.
This is an EP that fans of Southern Rock and Country need to add to their collection and you will immediately see why the duo have had amazing success and why the future is exciting with Locash in it.
Woods & Water will be released Friday 5th November 2021 via BMG.
1. “Beach Boys” (Chris Lucas, Preston Brust, Dallas Wilson, Jared Mullins, Brian Wilson, Mike Love)
“In The Woods” (Chris Lucas, Preston Brust, Chris LaCorte, Corey Crowder)
“Sippin Sunsets” (Chris Lucas, Preston Brust, Jason Duke, John Byron)
“Small Town For Life” (Chris Lucas, Preston Brust, Ben Hayslip, Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins)