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February 22, 1990 | MIKE BOEHM
Traditional blues is difficult to play convincingly, and it certainly isn't one of the more financially rewarding branches of music. It's not surprising, then, that most of the musicians who play the deep blues say they didn't take it up as a matter of choice. Instead, some compulsion in the music pulled them in, ears first. Maybe it was the resonance of a quavering slide guitar, or the mystery in a drawled, incantatory vocal cry.
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November 25, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
Robert Lucas, 46, a blues singer known for his barrelhouse vocals who until recently fronted the blues band Canned Heat, died Sunday at a friend's home in Long Beach of a suspected drug overdose, his former manager Skip Taylor said. Lucas had two stints as lead singer, harmonica and bottleneck guitar player between 1994 and 2008 for Canned Heat, the blues and boogie band that formed in 1965 and had late '60s hits with "Goin' up the Country" and "On the Road Again." "His unequaled fury and stage presence, together with his earth-shattering vocal delivery, gave him the ability to channel many of the blues masters through his words, songs and musical ability," Taylor said in a statement.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 1996 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Robert Lucas loves the blues. "The blues is a celebration of life," he said during his first show Saturday at the spacious, attractive 2nd Street Blues Club in the Sea Port Marina Hotel, as he exhorted his enthusiastic audience of well over 100 to party hearty. Lucas also knows the blues.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 1997 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At 34, Lucas may be old enough to be Jonny Lang's father, but by any reasonable measure, this local veteran is still part of the youth movement in blues. His sixth release since 1990 finds Lucas writing nearly an album's worth of his own songs for the first time, without showing the slightest wavering in his commitment to traditional blues.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 1991 | MIKE BOEHM
Two new albums by Orange County blues musicians illustrate how expansive and pliant a form the blues can be. Walter Trout, a veteran of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, has a strong, pure-blues base but branches out from it into an array of roots-related forms. Robert Lucas shows a mastery of acoustic, Delta blues (the original, most basic blues style) that is almost astonishing coming from a middle-class, suburban white guy still in his 20s.
NEWS
October 21, 1995 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some ex-wives might have begrudged a former spouse his moment in the sun, but Rita C. Lucas couldn't have been happier when Robert E. Lucas Jr. won the Nobel Prize for economics last week. No wonder. Thanks to her prescient insertion of a wee clause into their divorce settlement nearly seven years ago, she stands to get half of the $1-million purse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
Robert Lucas, 46, a blues singer known for his barrelhouse vocals who until recently fronted the blues band Canned Heat, died Sunday at a friend's home in Long Beach of a suspected drug overdose, his former manager Skip Taylor said. Lucas had two stints as lead singer, harmonica and bottleneck guitar player between 1994 and 2008 for Canned Heat, the blues and boogie band that formed in 1965 and had late '60s hits with "Goin' up the Country" and "On the Road Again." "His unequaled fury and stage presence, together with his earth-shattering vocal delivery, gave him the ability to channel many of the blues masters through his words, songs and musical ability," Taylor said in a statement.
BUSINESS
October 11, 1995 | JONATHAN PETERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A University of Chicago professor won the 1995 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science on Tuesday, the fifth time in six years and the eighth time overall that the campus, known for its free-market scholarship, has received the honor. Robert E. Lucas Jr., 58, won the award for his influential theory on how the expectations of ordinary people can throw awry a nation's finely tuned economic policies.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 1997 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At 34, Lucas may be old enough to be Jonny Lang's father, but by any reasonable measure, this local veteran is still part of the youth movement in blues. His sixth release since 1990 finds Lucas writing nearly an album's worth of his own songs for the first time, without showing the slightest wavering in his commitment to traditional blues.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 23, 1994 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a stroke of coincidence, the Big Three of the Orange County blues scene all have new releases out. James Harman's revamped lineup has helped him craft one of his most charming and invigorating albums; the sizzling Walter Trout Band finally has a chance to let American fans know what Europeans already understand, and Robert Lucas continues to stake out his turf as a top-notch traditionalist. Ratings range from * (born under a bad sign) to **** (hallelujah, we love it so).
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 1996 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Robert Lucas loves the blues. "The blues is a celebration of life," he said during his first show Saturday at the spacious, attractive 2nd Street Blues Club in the Sea Port Marina Hotel, as he exhorted his enthusiastic audience of well over 100 to party hearty. Lucas also knows the blues.
NEWS
October 21, 1995 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some ex-wives might have begrudged a former spouse his moment in the sun, but Rita C. Lucas couldn't have been happier when Robert E. Lucas Jr. won the Nobel Prize for economics last week. No wonder. Thanks to her prescient insertion of a wee clause into their divorce settlement nearly seven years ago, she stands to get half of the $1-million purse.
BUSINESS
October 11, 1995 | JONATHAN PETERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A University of Chicago professor won the 1995 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science on Tuesday, the fifth time in six years and the eighth time overall that the campus, known for its free-market scholarship, has received the honor. Robert E. Lucas Jr., 58, won the award for his influential theory on how the expectations of ordinary people can throw awry a nation's finely tuned economic policies.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 23, 1994 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a stroke of coincidence, the Big Three of the Orange County blues scene all have new releases out. James Harman's revamped lineup has helped him craft one of his most charming and invigorating albums; the sizzling Walter Trout Band finally has a chance to let American fans know what Europeans already understand, and Robert Lucas continues to stake out his turf as a top-notch traditionalist. Ratings range from * (born under a bad sign) to **** (hallelujah, we love it so).
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 1991 | MIKE BOEHM
Two new albums by Orange County blues musicians illustrate how expansive and pliant a form the blues can be. Walter Trout, a veteran of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, has a strong, pure-blues base but branches out from it into an array of roots-related forms. Robert Lucas shows a mastery of acoustic, Delta blues (the original, most basic blues style) that is almost astonishing coming from a middle-class, suburban white guy still in his 20s.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 22, 1990 | MIKE BOEHM
Traditional blues is difficult to play convincingly, and it certainly isn't one of the more financially rewarding branches of music. It's not surprising, then, that most of the musicians who play the deep blues say they didn't take it up as a matter of choice. Instead, some compulsion in the music pulled them in, ears first. Maybe it was the resonance of a quavering slide guitar, or the mystery in a drawled, incantatory vocal cry.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 29, 1996 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After five months of silence, one of South County's favorite roosts for roots music is returning to action under new ownership and a new name: Lookers. The 250-capacity club at 24921 Dana Point Harbor Drive featured a steady stream of local and touring acts in its previous incarnations as the Heritage Brewing Co. and the Harbor Lights Brewing Co., which closed in February. Mark Liddell, who booked both precursors, is back as talent buyer for Lookers.
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