Austin singer-songwriter will perform acoustic show at SteamPlant

In a week jam-packed with live music, Kevin Galloway’s show at 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at Salida SteamPlant is one you won’t want to miss. Galloway is an incredibly gifted singer-songwriter and a major creative force behind rising Austin band Uncle Lucius.

“I could always sing,” said Galloway. “My parents like to say I was singing before I was putting sentences together. As a kid I sang in lots of choirs, especially church choirs.”

Galloway also played guitar for years and grew up on classic country tunes, with early influences ranging from Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings to Townes Van Zandt. As an angst-ridden teen, Galloway’s tastes turned to Soundgarden and Nirvana, “and Rage Against the Machine was a big one for me. They really told it like it was.”

But he grew tired of pursuing a career in banking and departed East Texas in favor of the Austin music scene, where he began playing at open mic events and eventually met the musicians with whom he formed Uncle Lucius, a band with enough talent to play venues like Antone’s of Stevie Ray Vaughan fame.

With so few bands nowadays demonstrating much staying power, Uncle Lucius deserves credit for lasting 12 years so far. To accomplish that feat, “You definitely have to have camaraderie … being on the road all the time. We’ve toured all over the country and in Europe.”

Galloway knows from experience that the chemistry that allows a band to stay together so long pays big dividends. “There are certain things you can do once you play together so much. It’s a pretty cool thing to be a part of. It still surprises you when you reach another level and are able to do things (musically) that you didn’t know you could do.”

Summing up his thoughts on music, Galloway said, “Real music to me is something that makes you feel an emotion. It’s something that comes from a place that’s not pandering and not in it for the wrong reasons.”

So expect an evening of authentic, heartfelt music with the added treat of a performance by Salida musician Catfish Waldrip.