Zachary Lucky’s Everywhere A Man Can Be is a rare album that transcends the boundaries of folk and country, simply by seeking the truth. Already hailed as a master storyteller by outlets ranging from No Depression to Exclaim!, Lucky’s new nine-song collection is his most powerful statement to date, with his sonic palette given a wide range of new colours through contributions from some notable Canadian indie rock names, led by producer and pedal steel virtuoso Aaron Goldstein.
In many ways, Everywhere A Man Can Be comes as a reaction to the Saskatoon native’s acclaimed previous release, The Ballad Of Losing You, which delved deeply into personal themes. The new album’s material instead finds Lucky looking outward, drawing from people and places he encountered while touring the world over the past several years.
That’s best displayed on tracks such as the slow-burning opener “Lost My Way (Now And Then),” as well as “Sell All You Have” and the title track, with their echoes of vintage Gordon Lightfoot. But for all that Lucky shares in common with the great singer/songwriters, both past and current, his style is all his own, and he’s truly captured it for the first time on this record.
“It feels very Canadian to me,” is Lucky’s personal take on Everywhere A Man Can Be. “We went into making it without any mindset of how it should be. We just wanted to get some people involved who really knew how to play their instruments and see what we could do together. I’ve never made a record in this way before, and I firmly believe it’s the purest thing I’ve ever done.”
"There’s such proximity in Everywhere A Man Can Be, the latest from Saskatchewan troubadour Zachary Lucky. Even with it’s fully lush country-folk production, the sound of the record never strays far from Lucky’s breathy baritone, recalling Gordon Lightfoot in his tender phrasing..." - Penguin Eggs
"One to watch!" - The Globe and Mail and NOW Toronto
"Lucky’s songs have lived lifetimes. They sit you down, tell you their stories and heighten your senses to the wonders of nature, love and self." - No Depression
"Zachary Lucky is unapologetically old-school country, armed with a husky, baritone voice - He carries himself like a younger Richard Buckner or a heartier Doug Paisley and receives comparisons to songwriters such as Gordan Lightfoot and Kris Kristofferson. He sings of Canadian places and people as knowingly as he might Townes Van Zandt or the Rio Grande. It's a relatable show on many levels, and conjures universal feelings that have passed through our collective timelines. Lucky is the forlorn embodiment of the Information Age, compelling and reassuring on one hand and coolly unsettling and of no place on the other." - Exclaim!
”Zachary Lucky (in my humble opinion) is one if the most beautiful singers, songwriters and musician we have - minimalism in its purist form.” - Richard Harris, Folk Radio DJ, UK
"Lucky's own truths rest alongside storytelling. The arrangements are simple and beautiful and let Lucky's deep voice take the spotlight." - Vancouver Sun / Montreal Gazette
“Gulp! What a voice Zachary Lucky has. Warm, weary and as soft as a well worn leather shoe, it sits comfortably between Townes Van Zandt, Leonard Cohen and Don Williams. Another Canadian Shows the Americans How to Sing Americana.” - Rockin Magpie
"If you’re into acoustic music of any stripe, Zachary Lucky’s The Ballad of Losing You is an album you need to hear... impressive in its impeccable songwriting and spot-on arrangements." - Independent Clauses
"it becomes clearer and clearer that Lucky is a pro at tugging at the heartstrings with his music." - Grey Owl Point
"The album sounds like it comes straight from harvest time on a grain farm in rural Saskatchewan, or the songs heard in a road-side bar. If you’ve ever thought that what passes for country music today isn’t real country music, try Lucky. His honest, soulful sound will haunt you and remind you of what country and western music was originally conceived as." - The Gauntlet
"If you want to feel like a leaf about to break from your summer branch and float quietly and inconsequentially to the ground, drop the needle on this new record and know you’re lucky. He (Zachary Lucky) is truly the bread and butter of the massive praire folk scene." - Argue Job
"offers just the right mix or mournful resignation and desperate longing that conjures up a deep well of emotion to deliver a soulful brand of Canadiana folk, embellished with a wide-prairie, open-country feel." - Folk Words
"It was his latest album ‘Saskatchewan' however that caught our attention which has featured in the Folk Radio UK playlist and it is certainly one of the out there albums of 2012 for us. With plans to release a further album in 2013 he is definitely a name to watch out for." - Folk Radio UK
“Striking and beautifully crafted, the songs on Zachary Lucky’s debut album reveal a talent for melody and a newfound confidence - Come & Gone is an enticingly brief, but highly auspicious debut”
“If Back in the fall is a hint at what he’s come up with, Saskatchewan is going to be full of soulful, beautiful melancholy. Not surpisingly, that makes me very, very happy.” - Hero Hill Music Blog
“Silky smooth vocals full and warm laced with a contrasting edge…paired with the gentle yet full sound of his acoustic guitar. The combination pulls you in and takes you on the journey…a journey you don’t want to miss a moment of. Open and honest emotion and intelligent song writing….a very intriguing Saskatchewan talent!”
- Gateway Music Festival
“Indeed, “focused” is a good word to describe Saskatchewan; “mature” is another. This is the work of a singer/songwriter who is comfortable with his sound.” - Uptown Magazine
“If you only have one thing to say about Saskatchewan’s Zachary Lucky; this guy is a very hard working folk singer. In the last two years Lucky has released close to half a dozen eps, and has crossed the country as many times. If you have one more thing to say about Zachary Lucky; this guy is a good song writer. The latest from Zachary Lucky, Come & Gone, is a good showcase of Lucky’s talent.” - The Kite