text: jeff kauffman, photography: jeff kauffman
We have about three hours until we are toast. Our 6am rendevous finds perfect dawn light in the dry creekbed where we are shooting the cover for David Lucas’ new Downriver CD project. The shoot will be in the can before the intense heat of the Texas sun in July turns us to toast.
A month or so after our shoot, I spent some time with David at a hotel bar in Austin where he works. The CD had just arrived from the manufacturer. It’s his new calling card for live shows to come. I got to learn a little more about this aspiring blues/rock artist.
The big-sounding guitar and vocal work of Downriver is in contrast to David’s down-right soft-spoken niceness. David is native of the the Niagra Falls area of Ontario, Canada. He and is wife settled in the Austin area in after having spent some time in Houston. (Does anybody move from Austin to Houston?)
David has applied for US citizenship and is proud to be living in the US where choices abound. This night at the bar, a young couple was having drinks: the man was a soldier on leave, the woman was his wife who met him in Austin for the weekend. Upon learning this, David reacted with sincere and enthiastic appreciation for the soldier’s service and gave the couple a copy of his new Downriver CD. David has a near term goal to join a USO tour and give back all that he can to the troops.