Kevin Galloway Returns to East Texas Roots for Charity Jam Weekend


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East Texas’ Kevin Galloway and his band Uncle Lucius headline a two-day music and camping weekend April 7-8 at Durango’s Canyon near Mount Enterprise.

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Uncle Lucius, the Austin-based band fronted by East Texan Kevin Galloway, brings its intelligent, thoughtful Americana-based music to the Upper East Side of Texas in April.

The fourth annual Family ReULion Charity Jam takes place April 7-8 and once again benefits the East Texas Food Bank. This family-friendly weekend ends with Uncle Lucius headlining Saturday night after a full day of music, food, and activities.

The event is held at Durango’s Canyon near Mount Enterprise with RV sites, cabins and camping areas. They also offer swimming, fishing, trail hiking, and the Crater Club steakhouse and private club.

Other bands scheduled for the weekend are Willow James, Zac Wilkerson, Folk Family Revival, Aaron Stephens, Midnight River Choir, James Bailey, David Baxter, and The New Offenders. 

Galloway grew up in Big Sandy and Hawkins playing classic country and chasing a career in banking before he moved to Austin in 2002 where he began putting together the band that toured and built its fan base for 10 years. 

The diverse sound — guitarist Mike Carpenter calls it “Southern rock for the thinking man” — comes from multiple influences. Galloway, for example, quotes philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti, mythologist Joseph Campbell, and Willie Nelson, while drummer Josh Greco looks to The Band and bebop drummer Max Roach. Influences include The Black Crowes, The Rolling Stones, North Mississippi Allstars, Allman Brothers Band, Pink Floyd, and more. The band’s name comes from “an eccentric old man named Lucius from down in the Louisiana swamps, a friend of a friend.”

Galloway said their songs usually deal with “whatever’s going on in our lives, but we try to keep it broad enough so people can read into it however they might want to.”

While their CDs have longer “lives” because they can be listened to over and over again, live performances are vital to the band.

“There’s a split between listening to somebody’s record and seeing them live. Listening to a record can be a really personal experience and you relate to it how you do, but live is a communal experience and so in-the-moment,” Galloway said. “It takes a live performance to shake people down and get them in that moment.”

For tickets to Family ReULion Charity Jam go to outhousetickets.com or for more information visit ULReUlion.com or call 903.736.0306. To reserve RV sites, cabins, or tent sites call Durango’s Canyon at 903.898.2772.

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