Lucy Dacus Went From College Student To Indie Darling In Just Two Years

By Dan Deluca
The Philadelphia Inquirer

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Lucy Dacus has had a pretty spectacular two year period. A college project has become a burgeoning career for this 21 year old guitarist and singer.

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Two years ago this week, Lucy Dacus and guitarist Jacob Blizard walked into a studio in Nashville and, for a college project he had been assigned to complete over winter break, recorded nine of her songs in three days.

The then-teenage Dacus (pronounced DAY-cuss) then went back to Richmond, Va., where she had been studying film at Virginia Commonwealth University.

A hometown show led the local Egghunt label to release the songs as her acutely perceptive, impressively composed debut, “No Burden,” last February, including its terrific lead single, “I Don’t Want to Be Funny Anymore,” about social awkwardness and seriousness of purpose.

Since then, things have been on the upswing for the now-21-year-old guitarist and singer. Rave reviews led to offers from larger labels, and Matador, longtime home to Dacus favorite Yo La Tengo, reissued the album in September.

Dacus and her calming, conversational alto and whip-smart songs “Strange Torpedo” and “Troublemaker Doppelganger” got mainstream attention on “CBS This Morning” and when music geek and then vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine gave her a Rolling Stone shout-out. (“His daughter went to kindergarten with me,” Dacus said. “So I wasn’t as surprised by it as the rest of the world.”) “No Burden” wound up on many year-end lists, and Philadelphia music magazine Magnet named it album of the year.

Dacus and Blizard were in Portland, Ore., to begin work on the follow-up. “Yesterday, I was in Powell’s, this great bookstore,” she said recently, while walking to the studio for the first day of recording. “And I saw a copy of Magnet with my face on it. I took a picture of it, but I felt like I had to keep it a secret. I didn’t want anyone to see me doing that.”

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