Talk to Tony Lucca for even a few minutes and you'll understand just how deeply he appreciates the unique experiences of a touring musician.
"I think there's a whole other side to artists that only their band-mates, tour-mates, really experience," he explains. "There are really interesting dynamics that take place on any given tour between the people sharing the ride. There are all the great stories ... that overall camaraderie. It's what we do when we're not playing music. I really wish people had a little more interest in that."
Lucca, who finished third during The Voice's 2012 season, is no stranger to life on the road. In the last few years he's played Indianapolis regularly, including repeated headlining stops at Birdy's and Radio Radio. "Over the years I've been able to establish a pretty generous Indianapolis audience," he says. "It's good to see them all come out, interact with the crowds, have some beers with them."
Lucca has also supported national acts including Maroon 5 and Sarah Bareilles, using that broader stage to expand the performance style he strives to echo on his studio albums.
"As a songwriter I like to get a song down [in the studio] first before getting to the stage so that we've got a really solid foundation on which to elaborate. We definitely captured the live sound on the record," he says of his self-titled LP due out in January. "Of all the records I've made so far I think this one definitely is the strongest, and also the closest to what we sound like live."
His music builds upon the influences of Lucca's Michigan childhood. "It's a rich sound that falls in the vein of the singer-songwriter, but over the years I've tried to experiment with different versions of that," he says. "The latest incarnation is pretty much straight-ahead classic rock, inspired by a lot of the stuff I grew up on as a kid — Tom Petty, Billy Squire, ZZ Top. Classic stuff."
That, he says is what listeners can expect when he joins Honor By August and Steepwater Band at the Rathskeller on November 22.
"If people want to hear some really fun, honest rock-and-roll, they can come on out." he says. "We've been having a lot of fun on this tour. The material's really strong, everyone's performing at the top of their game, and so far the feedback we've been getting is really favorable."