Nashville-based Americana singer-songwriter Austin Lucas is premiering the music video for his song “Pray for Rain” exclusively for readers of The Boot. Press play above to watch.
Directed by Anders Lund, Lucas’ moody “Pray for Rain” video juxtaposes footage of the artist walking down a country road with shots of a rainy, industrial city. It’s a fitting backdrop for the quiet vulnerability of such a sad ballad, just gloomy enough to convey the heartbreak in Lucas’ lyrics.
“To know a storm is to love you,” Lucas croons in the chorus of “Pray for Rain.” “I’m left to drown while you move on / I’ve been cursing the wind and your name / And I’m so tired of the rain.”
“Pray for Rain” appears on Lucas’ latest album, Between the Moon and the Midwest, which he released in 2016. The critically acclaimed follow-up project to 2013’s Stay Reckless, Between the Moon and the Midwest is Lucas’ take on the concept album; the record finds him exploring the juxtaposition of classic country and ‘60s psychedelia. According to Lucas, the album was inspired by a particularly potent pot brownie he ingested while touring with Willie Nelson and Jamey Johnson.
Through May, fans can check out Lucas’ live show during his self-booked House By House Tour. The trek finds him playing in unconventional, DIY venues across the country, including stops in Nashville, St. Louis and Chicago, among others. More information about Lucas, his music and his tour is available on his official website.
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