January 21st

Back on the road. 

Friends, 

I hope this note is finding you well.  Its almost midnight here in Saskatoon.  I'm restless as can be - thinking about the coming days, weeks, months.  I have to say - its been nice to be at home over the holiday season.  Its definitely been interesting - semi restful - and really great to see friends and family here in Saskatoon.  Its been a cold few weeks here - makes for good hibernating weather I reckon.  

Its that time again where I am packing bags, and guitars, getting the oil changed in the car - getting ready to head out on the road again.  I am excited for the next few months - we've got lots of exciting things planned.  Tomorrow is the start of a month long tour - Starting in Regina, I'll be making my way across the prairies from Winnipeg all the way out to the west coast, and for the first time I'll be heading south of the border!  I've been waiting for the right chance to head south to share some songs down there, and things just happened to line up.  I'll be playing shows in Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Missouri, Kansas, Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota.  I'm real excited to be heading out on the road with Colorado singer songwriter John Statz - he writes some fine songs, so make sure you check him out.  All tour dates and info on where we'll be playing can be found here

I'm also really excited to announce that I'll be showcasing at this years Folk Alliance International Conference - if you don't know what that is, its a really large gathering of folk and roots musicians - sort of a nerd fest.  More fiddles and banjos then one could normally handle - but it all balances out with the amount of beer thats floating around.  It should be a good time, I'll be showcasing about seven or eight times over the course of three days.  Super excited to see what comes of that.  

After making my way back up to Canada I'll be taking a couple of days to rest up - then right back out to play some shows in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.  We're still ironing out some of the details - but I'm hoping I'll be playing a handful of shows in Europe in April and May - I also have some plans to play a handful of shows in Australia at the end of May.  I got the feeling its going to be a busy spring! 

Heres to hoping it all comes about and that the car keeps running and that I'll see your smiling faces out there.  Thanks so much to ya'll for following along on this journey of mine.  

I'll see you further down the road,

Zachary Lucky

November 25th

Its always a strange feeling - the feeling of waking up in your own bed, multiple mornings in a row after spending nearly three months of sleeping anywhere that you can - anywhere that puts a roof over your head.  In a way its hard to calm the mind down after a tour like the one we just got home from - my mind still thinks there is somewhere to be - It always takes a few days for your sea legs to get use to solid ground.  

It was a pretty interesting and exciting tour none the less - from the prairies to great westerly coast - up to tofino and back to the mainland - across the south to Fernie and Waterton - arriving in the prairies with what you think is a broken car only to find out that there is a slight chance it'll make it the whole trip - getting the chance to play in prairie living rooms before braving the Canadian shield and trudging along the seventeen till you reach southern ontario.  Southern ontario is always an interesting stretch for me, you end up playing so many shows in such a short amount of time - very often with the same group of people - some of the best people out there - and you grow really attached to that feeling - of having people who can relate to what you're going through.  From southern ontario we headed east - kingston, ottawa, montreal, then east - I've always had this strong fascination with the eastern parts of canada - probably because I live about as far away as you can - and its such a different landscape - socially - physically - when you're out east - you're really out there - it would take you days to get home.  I love it immensely though - the people - the landscapes - the toughness of new brunswick to the beautiful south shores of nova scotia - to the rawness of newfoundland - I absolutely love the east - some of the most hospitable people I know live out there.  Some of my favourite places to play are out there.  

This tour didn't come without challenge and or moments of self doubt and moments where one thinks "What the hell am I doing out here".  But when things got rough, we stuck together, found some good folks to pass the time with an things would blow over.  There were a couple moments especially that could have derailed the whole tour, but somehow - we kept going.  Somehow the car kept running - somehow we had enough money in our pockets to fill the tank, etc.  

I still have a hard time remembering things - small details - I have to sit very still and think hard about it - 65 shows in nine and a half weeks - a new town almost every day - and then the trip home - from new brunswick to saskatchewan in five days - it takes a strip off a person - it wears you down till you're thinking backwards and can hardly tell which way is up.  

Although you're going on the road to play shows and to share songs with people and such - a huge part of tour is the people you meet - the ones you expect to meet - the old friends from tours past - and the new friends that you never in your life expected you'd meet.  Its a huge part of what we do.  and I feel so damn fortunate that I've gotten the chance to go the places I've gone and to meet the people I've met.  I don't have much in my life - but I have a lot of memories and a lot of people who've become my good friends - in every corner of this great country.  I'm thankful for you folks, you're like my family.  

I have to say this now, and I wish I could name every person here, but if I did we'd be here all day - literally.  What we do could not happen if it were not from great people everywhere around this country - so I want to say Thank You (you all know who you are) to everyone who helped us out along the way with a show, gave us a place to sleep, fed us, came to the shows or bought a record.  We could not have done this without you.  You are the life blood of the touring musician and we're so damn thankful for you folks its nearly impossible to express.  One more tour down - and many more left to go.  Now its time to write some new songs and to rest up.  I'm back on the road in January.  Excited to head out west again, and to start touring some new places that I've never been before.  I think 2014 is going to be a good one folks.  Take care friends, and see you soon.  

 

Zachary.  

October 26th

waking up in a cold and damp charlottetown.  it feels like it has been quite some time since I've had a spare second to write anything down here.  the days have been moving mighty fast - from ontario, to our couple of days in quebec and new brunswick.  I can't really keep the days and nights separate at this point.  we've been out now for almost six weeks now (I wasn't sure how long we had been out, so I had to glance at the calendar) so this feeling of being dazed and confused - is to be somewhat expected.  I think half of the reason its so hard to keep track of everything at this point is because we've been having such a great time out here on the road.  so many good folks and good shows throughout ontario - I can't even begin to say how great that run of shows with alanna gurr was.  I think my favourite shows had to have been guelph or kingston - they were all great, but those nights seem to stick out in my mind.  

I do I have to say - its strange to be back on the east coast - I think I have been conscious of how things would go up until this point - and all of a sudden we're out here doing it - you fall asleep in quebec and wake up in new brunswick. Its been so long (or at least it feels that way) since I've been back here.  over the past few years, the east has definitely become a big part of my life.  so it feels good to be back out here singing songs.  I'm excited for the rest of the dates - in nova scotia and newfoundland especially.  I think there will be a good handful great times out there.  good shows, good folks.  

its hard to think that this tour is half over - and that in under a month we'll be heading back through northern ontario and back to the prairies for a couple months to hibernate with the cold nights and show covered ground.  

I'm feeling it right now - this tour - the days and nights all compounding into the feeling that I feel at the front of my forehead - the feeling that says you haven't slept nearly enough - the feeling that reminds you that you're alive - it feels good though - and most importantly real.  I wouldn't trade this road for anything in the world.  it has been a hell of a ride so far.  hopefully we'll keep seeing familiar faces along the way - it keeps us going for sure.  

take care out there friends.

zachary.

october 3rd 2013

 more then enough road, for one man or two.  it seems like just yesterday that I was booking this tour and thinking about putting the new songs to tape - it also just feels like just yesterday that I was putting seeds in the ground in hopes of growing some sort of garden - alas spring and summer have come and gone again.  a part of me thought that we'd had a long summer, that the warmth would linger because it took so long to get here this year. but its safe to say that summer has left us, and yes fall is here.  each day we wake up and load things in and out of the car - it seems to be getting colder and colder.  we're in regina right now, had last night off and we're playing in town tonight and its amazed me to see the sides of the streets scattered with leaves and the trees bearing their branches - even though its only the start of october.  

it feels good to be in the prairies.  I think its been probably almost two years since I went out west to play a handful of shows, so it was nice indeed to head that way and to go out there with a new record in hand and new songs to sing, not all of the western shows were great - like anything that we do, there were ups and downs - but we always seemed to manage to find some redeeming factor, except for the one show - that was simply just a write off - but we won't talk about that.  some of the most memorable nights so far were in places like calgary, mission, vancouver, twin butte and lethbridge.  I think my favourite show thus far though - not that we're picking favourites here or anything - I love most shows that I play - but fernie truly was a surprise for me.  I had never really been there - let alone play songs there - and it was sort of a gross night out - it was raining and damp - cold - but none the less the little space that is the clawhammer press was filled up to the brim with real kind folks that had a true appreciation for what we were doing.  they were right on track with everything.  there is something about nights like that - where you want to stretch out every second of the show - so that you can remember it - and remind yourself of that moment that you remember why you do what you do.  there isn't a better feeling then that.  

as townes said, "I'm glad this ol roads a friend of mine".  we've sure met some kind folks so far.  when we had nowhere to stay in tofino - we met a real nice gal who let us crash on her floor - took us to the local watering hole to meet some more kind folks - and then show us the town (the ocean behind her house) the next morning.  we made friends in fernie, saw old friends in kelowna and lethbridge, drank too much tequila in twin butte, made more new friends in calgary and victoria - the list goes on and on.  I love singing songs out on the road for people - but more so I love the chance meetings you get - folks I'd never get the chance to meet if I would have just stayed home.  

each day out on that road is like a lifetime for me.  for a moment, or an hour, or a day - you get to step into someone's life and see things from their point of view - you see their town and their friends, it gives you perspective that you didn't have before.  and just like the seasons - this long road it changes a person, for the best most of the time. 

just as it is good and exciting to head west - I'm always equally excited to head east.  we've been on the road for just over two weeks now, and we still have a long way to go.  a lot of canada to see.  a lot of folks to meet.  a lot of songs to sing.  

as I sit here in regina right now, I couldn't be more excited to get back out on the road.  I'm excited to get down into ontario - i've had a lot of fun singing for you folks out there this year, and it'll be good to get back out there.  

it's also been a while since I've been back to new brunswick and nova scotia - and newfoundland.  it's going to be a real treat to be out there too! hopefully you folks are as excited about it as we are.  

until then, take care of yourselves.  soak in the fall.  
it always leaves us as quickly as it arrives.  

be well,
zachary.  

 

August 9th 2013

Dear friends,
I hope that this letter finds you all well! Things are pretty good around home right now - I am thankful for home these days - I guess you could say that I've become more stationary in the past couple of years - at least in my mind I have.  I've learned to enjoy simple things.  I've also learned to enjoy those same simple things - everyday.  There is something nice about routine.  I've been spending a lot of time in the garden most days - if you don't grow a garden, you certainly should next year - even a small box garden if you can.  There is something very rewarding about placing fragile seeds into the soil and watching them grow.  Its a pretty easy task really - my garden has basically grown itself - once and a while you pick a weed or two, and every couple of days you give it a drink.  We all get thirsty.  You'd be surprised how great you feel after getting in the dirt and picking some weeds or standing there for half an hour in the morning watering your plants.  I reckon it can be a sense of quiet that we don't often get these days.  Then again - I know these things are not for everyone - but they are most definitely for me.  

That aside - things have been real exciting the past week! If you haven't heard yet, we released the very first single from my new record - a song called "woke up".  I posted a tweet today - about how intrigued I am about the first five minutes one wakes up - as you sort of climb out of the state of sleep.  I love it.  It might be my favourite time of day - that first five minutes.  Anyways! It is super refreshing to finally get to share some of these songs with you folks.  I was fortunate to have some very great musicians play on these songs - folks like Aaron Goldstein, Karrnnel Sawitsky, Chris Prpich and Ben Hadaller.  If you haven't heard the new song yet, you should zip over to www.zacharylucky.bandcamp.com to have a quick listen.  It'll only take roughly three minutes! You can also go ahead and pre order both the cd's and the vinyl's there too if you want to be one of the first people to receive your copy! By pre ordering a copy it also means that on the day of the release a digital copy of the album will be sent straight to your e-mail inbox.  Since there are a handful of songs about the morning - it might be a nice way to wake up?  We'll definitely have copies of both the vinyl and the cd when we're out on the road this fall.

Speaking of which, everyday it seems there are more and more tour dates that are confirmed.  So far we've got around 60 shows that we'll be doing across Canada - and there are still a handful of dates out east that we've yet to confirm.  I'm super excited to be heading back out on the road - and going coast to coast.  There is nothing that I'd rather be doing then rambling' around and singing songs out on the road.  And as Townes Van Zandt once said, "there's no prettier sight then looking back on a town you've left behind".  I couldn't agree more.  I've got so many good memories in all of these places across the country already - I can't wait to see what the fall will bring.  For a full and current list of performance dates head over to http://zacharylucky.com/tour/

I should also say - I'm real excited to have a very fine gent out on the road with me this fall - Mr. Ian Cameron of Regina, Saskatchewan is going to be out on the road playing some pedal steel and keeping my sanity in check.  Its been a while since I've had someone out with me playing shows - and Ian is a great guy - and a real great pedal steel player too.  I'm excited to play these songs a little more like how they sound on the record! 

Anyways, I am dragging on here - I hope that you're all having a good couple of first days of August! I know I am.  July was a great month - but I always look forward to they changing of the seasons - harvest - the fall - and getting back on the road to hang out with you folks.  Thanks for being apart of this journey - lets keep in touch.  

Be well,

Zachary.