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July 4, 2013

Musical maturation for Plattsburgh band

Lucid releases new disc, 'Home Is Where We Wanna Grow'

SARANAC LAKE — Hear Lucid as never before on the Plattsburgh-based band’s fourth release, “Home Is Where We Wanna Grow.”

From the opening guitar licks on “Ground On Up” to the final key strains of “Whiskey Dreams,” gear up for an aural voyage with Jamie Armstrong (saxophones/clarinet/vocals), Andrew Deller (keyboard/accordion/vocals), Kyle T. Murray (drums/vocals), Kevin Sabourin (guitar/vocals), Chris Shacklett (bass/trombone/vocals) and Lowell Wurster (harmonica/percussion/vocals).

The self-produced Fiscal Spliff Records’ release features guest vocalists Meadow Erskine and Glen Stewart.

“I felt that we were making some of our best music sometimes after a show or at someone’s house or in a basement or wherever…,” Sabourin said.

“We were hearing all these different things that we could do, and we were looking at how we were representing and what we recorded in the past. We were like, ‘All right, we have to put these other things out for people because that’s how we ended up with some tunes on there that we never played out live before.’”

“‘Home Is Where We Wanna Grow’ has a lot to do with us becoming friends with the Fledgling Crow vegetable guys out in Keeseville,” Wurster said. “Our keyboard player (Deller) works for him (Ian Alter of Fledgling Crow) now. It’s kind of like focusing on the food movement and growing local, eating local and organic as well. Part of what Kevin (Sabourin) was talking about was we were doing this around the whole end of the Mayan-calendar thing where everybody was like, ‘The world is going to end; it’s all horrible.’ And this was looking at a positive kind of future.”

The cover and inside art by Gabriel Leavitt depicts vertical-communal living, for humans and plants, alike.

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