A Few Minutes with… Lucas Garrett; “Reaching Through Dreams”

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After almost quitting music altogether, singer-songwriter Lucas Garrett said recently that he owes a newfound sense of clarity to the support from the 518 community.

“I’m back,” Lucas said last week over the phone.

Lucas Garrett

But having clarity isn’t about seeing everything in clear definition all the time. Sometimes it is about believing in your vision and it paying off despite a lack of visibility. 

During our last interview, exactly a year ago, Lucas was excited to be playing out again post-pandemic, which is no surprise then that live performance had proven to be the purest form of expression for him at the time. 

That interview had taken place after a show he played at Putnam Place in Saratoga Springs, and unbeknownst to me at the time, Lucas was ready to throw the towel in. 

He tried hard to not actively get gigs, but surrounding venues and the community had something else in mind, and thankfully (perhaps not for him at the time), gigs kept coming his way.

Lucas Garrett (front) and band at the Jive Hive Live (2022)

His struggles were a culmination of personal challenges involving the loss of a band member, which only aided in his disillusionment with music and performance. But, as Garrett explains, “Marc (Clayton) from the Strand Theatre convinced me not to give up on it.” Marc Clayton is a house musician and published songwriter based at the Strand Theatre. You can catch him with any number of different bands a few times a month.

Lucas last played at the Park Theater in Glens Falls on October 6 with local favorites, Candy Ambulance, who are friends of his as well.

“I am meeting so many great people through my full-time work as a music journalist for Nippertown,” he said.

While Lucas’s love of live performance has been reinvigorated, he will be venturing into new territory this winter, working as a composer for various film projects. 

“You don’t know what’s going to happen when you go on stage. It’s very different from what I will be doing.” 

His next show will be on Dec. 1 at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs in support of his latest album, Reaching Through Dreams

The songs are a nice blend of progressive rock, acoustic rock, and Irish folk music.

Reaching Through Dreams is the result of finding the courage to accept the support from the community when you need it, and that is evident in the sheer number of people who were involved in the making of it; Kevin Kosach, Marc Clayton, Jason Brown, Alan Dunham, Todd Nelson, Ted Marotta, Troy Pohl, Jes Turco, and Curtis F. Jones. Madison Lewis also contributed vocals to the record and has joined Garrett’s band as a full-time member.

Tickets for the December show at Caffe Lena can be bought here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lucas-garrett-album-release-tickets-429953230687

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