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by Malcolm Lucard

From rockin’ funky grooves to intimate fingerpicking, bluesy ballads to hip-swaying samba, this 13-song album will take you on a wandering, uplifting romp through Americana territory, with many a comical side trip through the always amusing human psyche.
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2. Back Country
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3. Aux Bains des Paquis
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4. Mustard Sun
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5. To Do
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6. Eyes Like Yours
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7. Rock Island Lullaby
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8. Vagamundo
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9. Snow
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11. Made in China
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13. I Love You Worse
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Album Notes
I’ve always been a bit of a musical hobo. The world of music is vast and I like to wander. When I packed up my musical suitcase and moved to the heart of Europe ten years ago, I stumbled my way into a wonderful and welcoming community of Brazilian musicians and music fans, one of whom quickly began to refer to me as ‘vagabundo Americanho’ — American vagabond.

The man who gave me that lofty title, Diego Gadenz, an amazing musician and a true musical vagabond in his own right, assured me it was a term of endearment, a reference to a kind of romantic musical idealism revered in Brazil.

I suspect it might have also had something to do with my general scruffy appearance, the always-present fedora and the hillbilly way I played mandolin in Diego’s weekly Brazilian music jams.

Whatever the case, Diego is now a great friend and musical co-conspirator. He is also co-producer of this CD, which I hope captures some of that vagabundo spirit. A meandering voyage through as many musical styles as I could cram into one 13-song suitcase, this album for me is like a collection of musical postcards sent along a ten-year series of adventures and musical explorations.

Sometime between recording sessions in our basement bunker studio, the concept of Vagamundo — hobo planet — was born. I may be tripping but, to me, all of us are on a journey, flying through space like a runaway train and none of know for sure where we’ll end up. Me, I want to enjoy the ride and hopefully make the trip more fun for others along the way.

What do these musical postcards sound like? We’ve got some rock, some fingerstyle guitar picking, a few bluesy jazz ballads, some lilting Caribbean and Afro-Brazilian grooves, a bluegrass romp inspired by backcountry ski trip near Leadville Colorado, and some hints of African and Indian grooves.

If there’s a common thread that holds all this together, it’s the love of a good story. Among these 13 original compositions are the musings of a man dreaming of a coming child, a laundry list of all things I still WILL do in this life, a tribute to a beloved local lakeside beach in Geneva, Switzerland (my first song in French!), and an homage to a passenger rail line that once ran through my once-and-future hometown of Colorado Springs, Colorado. (You can’t have an album from an American vagabond and not have at least one train song).

You can find out more at my website www.malcolmlucard.com, where you can also download chord charts and lyrics for all songs, as well as additional album art.

Meanwhile, here are some quotes from reviews of my music, past CDs and performances:

"Lucard tickles the brain not only with his stories, but with the melodies that carry them."

Colorado Springs Gazette

“One of [Colorado Springs]’s finest and funniest. Malcolm Lucard, the mandolin, banjo and guitar player who has thrilled listeners with songs about love, babies, cockroaches and moon colonies, is moving … to Switzerland. In his more than 10 years in Colorado Springs, Lucard performed as a solo artist and in the bands Irrational Exuberance, Fedora and the Goods, among others.

Lucard is one of those rare musicians blessed with ample talent, keen insight, humor and a need to experiment with every genre. He’s surprising. He’s creative. He’s a little weird.”

J. Adrian Stanley
Colorado Springs Gazette, 2006

Lucard's lyrics "inhabit a wild world of moon colonies, smelly toes, two-headed calves, senility, human cockroaches and heart attacks. It's a world of funky rhythms and musical surprises and power chords played by trombones."

The Colorado Springs Gazette.

“A fine guitarist and sometimes wacky singer, local favorite Malcolm Lucard delivers a nice dose of down-home folk music. Keeping in stride with singer-songwriters both new and old, Malcolm's repertoire includes a nice balance of honesty, criticism and humor. Listen to his lyrics and learn a thing or two about him -- like how he knew he and his wife were meant to be in his popular love song 'Smelly Toes,' and how he feared fatherhood in 'She Wants One.' "

The Colorado Springs Independent

"Lucard is climbing the ladder of success and notoriety like a caffeinated red uakari monkey on a warm Peruvian day. Soon his quick, precise way with the strings and honest, original lyrics will propel him out of this burg — catch him before he's famous."

Colorado Springs Independent

"Need a break from the evening news? Perhaps Malcolm Lucard can help. Titles like 'Moonboggle Boogie,' 'I don't need a tattoo,' and 'Two-headed calf' reveal Lucard's wayward world view. Sure, he has a serious side too, but he's determined to have some fun. Recommended for the world weary.”

Sing Out Magazine

"Malcolm Lucard inhabits a wild world of moon colonies, smelly toes, two-headed calves, senility, human cockroaches and heart attacks. A world where 'you snore like a volcano' and 'scribbled graffiti all over my bones' pass for sweet nothings. It's a world of funky rhythms and musical surprises and power chords played by trombones . . . Lucard tickles the brain not only with his stories, but with the melodies that carry them."

Bill Reed, Colorado Springs Gazette

"Most of us get sick of songs that get stuck in our heads. The music of Lucard and [his band Irrational Exuberance] is in my head still, yet amazingly not annoying. In fact, though I only remember a few lyrics, I find that my mind's eagerness to replay ie's music a testament to their quality."

The Catalyst,
student newspaper of Colorado College

"This has got to be one of the most interesting CDs I have received over the last several months. A glimpse at the whimsical cover might give you a hint of what's inside. And what's inside, starting with the first cut, "Moonboggle Boogie," complete with trombone and banjo, wacky arrangement and vocals, dares to keep us listening. The second cut slows the pace with the more normal "Lost" with its thought-provoking lyrics about a man losing his way driving, and also in a relationship. "She Wants One" is a chirpy piece about a woman wanting a baby to the dismay of the man, and ending with a twist. This is not folk music, but the songs are cleverly arranged and performed. It was a great change of pace— My wife liked this CD, but then she likes weird things. A unique CD that should be given a listen.”

Stew's Reviews (Stewart Levitt) from The Black Rose (newspaper of the Black Rose Acoustic Society)



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