While Nashville’s country community still recovering from a sold-out 2016 CMA Music Festival, LOCASH’s Preston Brust and Chris Lucas showed no signs of stopping going into release week for their newest album The Fighters, which was released Friday (June 17).
By the numbers, CMA Fest week included appearances at least three charity events, a performance at the 2016 CMT Music Awards and a show at the free Riverfront stage, plus tour dates in West Virginia, New York and Iowa.
“I don’t know how to recover [from CMA Fest] because we just don’t stop,” Lucas explains. “Our recovery is when we get on a bus bunk.”
Onstage and off, their energy blows the mind, and it’s powered by a passion for living for their best tomorrow. Settling in at a posh photography studio in the Berry Hill neighborhood of Nashville, the two are all smiles over the excitement of the collection’s hit lead single “I Love This Life,” going gold, reflecting more than 500,000 streams and downloads.
Produced by Lindsay Rimes, The Fighters is full of radio-ready LOCASH music that built their loyal following for more than a decade. High-energy songs “Moonwalkin’,” “All Day” and “Ain’t Startin’ Tonight” show the duo can do exuberant dance-ready pop as well as acts like Capital Cities and Walk the Moon.
They dip more into pop territory with the catchy commitment anthem “Ring on Every Finger,” which was written by Thomas Rhett, Jesse Frasure and Josh Kear, while the collection’s more tender moments are “I Know Somebody,” “Shipwrecked,” “Till the Wheels Fall Off” and “God Loves Me More.”
Closing the 11-song album, the title track is for all loyal fans who use the duo’s music as medicine with shout-outs to everyday heroes who take pride in what they do. In the chorus, they sing, “This one’s for the blue collar 80-hour weekers/Sweat-stained heartland/Haggard on the speakers/Pickin’ ourselves up out of the hot August dust/In God we trust/Cold beer in the left hand/Friday night catchin’ on fire/This one’s for you/This one’s for the fighters.”
With so much tragedy in the news lately, Brust believes the positivity radiating from their new music is something world needs at the moment.
“I really feel like ‘The Fighters’ is medicine for a lot of people’s soul’s right now,” he says. “I feel like we’re a country of fighters. We’re tough. Even though it’s hard, we still fight and get back up. And that song to me, when I think of the lyrics I get goose bumps. It’s medicine for me. I’m glad we recorded the song. It means a lot.”
Lucas is a father of two, and Brust is about to celebrate his first Father’s Day as a new dad. Brust and his wife Kristin welcomed a daughter, Love Lily Brust, in January.
“It’s just fun watching all that develops and the smiles and the cries that aren’t real,” he says. “I’m starting to catch on. I’m like, ‘That’s not a real cry.’ Then she’ll stop cryin’ and then I’m like, ‘Busted!’ It’s great. I love changing diapers. I don’t know why I love it. I like being her little hero and changing her diaper. She goes from a cry to a smile.”