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Lucy Dacus Shares New Mother’s Day Themed Song “My Mother & I”

The Latest Installment in Her “2019” Seasonal Singles Series

Apr 24, 2019 Photography by Elizabeth Weinberg
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Lucy Dacus previously announced a singles series entitled 2019 where she will release seven songs this year, each timed to a different holiday. It'll be a mix of covers and originals. Now she has shared its second installment, "My Mother & I," which is fittingly timed to Mother's Day and Taurus season. It's not just a song about her mother, but one that tackles body image, as she sings about how her mother hates her own body shape but loves Lucy's. Listen below, followed by her upcoming tour dates. (And in case you're freaking out that you've forgotten to do something for Mother's Day, don't worry, it's still a couple of weeks away, on May 12.)

Dacus had this to say about the song in a press release: "Being adopted has encouraged me to consider what mothers pass on through blood and body, and what they impart in the way of socialization and context. We -- daughters, and all children -- easily inherit the shame and fear of our mothers, but also the pride, self-assurance, and lessons of love. This song focuses on body image and the distinction between the body and the soul, which I can hardly claim to have clarity about to this day. I also reflect on traits my mother and I share as Taurean women -- how we are steadfast but headstrong, empathetic but grounded, and dedicated to finding and giving reliable love and comfort."

The first offering of 2019 was a cover of Edith Piaf's "La Vie En Rose," timed to Valentine's Day. Dacus' take was a mix of French and English lyrics. The other 2019 songs will be released timed to Independence Day, Springsteen's Birthday, Halloween, Christmas, and New Year's. Then they will all be collected at the end of the year in a physical EP.

Dacus had this to say about the project in a previous press release: "These songs are self-contained, not indicative of a new direction, just a willingness to do something different and sometimes even out of character."

Dacus released a new album, Historian, back in March 2018 via Matador. It was our Album of the Week and one of our Top 100 Albums of 2018.

Dacus also recently teamed up with fellow singer/songwriters Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers to form supergroup Boygenius, whose self-titled debut EP was released in late October via Matador.

Pick up our current print issue (Issue 65) to read our interview with Dacus and boygenius.

Read our 2017 interview with Dacus on Historian.

Read our 2016 Artist Survey interview with Lucy Dacus.

Lucy Dacus Tour Dates:

Wed April 24 - Louisville, KY @ WFPK Waterfront
Sat May 4 - Charlotte, NC @ Visulite Theater
Sun May 5 - Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
Mon May 6 - Orlando, FL @ The Social
Tues May 7 - Tampa, FL @ The Crowbar
Thurs May 9 - New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
Sat May 11- Chattanooga, TN @ Songbirds North
Sun May 12 - Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle
Fri May 24 - Hollerich, LU @ Den Atelier *
Sat May 25 - Berlin, DE @ Badehaus
Mon May 27 - Wiesbaden, DE @ Schlachthof *
Tues May 28 - Munich, DE @ Backstage Werk *
Wed May 29 - Milan, IT @ Alcatraz *
Fri May 31 - Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound Festival 
Sat June 1 - Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret Festival  
Tues June 4 - Paris, FR @ Boule Noire
Wed June 5 - London, UK @ EartH
Thurs June 6 - Leeds, UK @ Belgrave Music Hall
Sat June 8 - Porto, PT @ Optimus Primavera Sound 
Mon June 10 - Nottingham, UK @ Bodega 
Tues June 11 - Edinburgh, UK @ Voodoo Rooms 
Wed June 12 - Manchester, UK @ YES
Fri June 14 - Stavanger, NO @ Mablisfestivalen 
Sat June 15 - Stockholm, SE @ STHLM Americana 
Sun June 16 - Gothenburg, SE @ Oceanen
Mon June 17 - Malmo, SE @ Plan B 
Wed June 19 - Kortrijk, BE @ De Kreun 
Fri June 28 - Richmond, VA @ Friday Cheers
Tues July 2 - Dortmund, DE @ FZW  
Wed July 3 - Hamburg, DE @ MarX 
Thurs July 4 - Roskilde, DE @ Roskilde Festival 
Sat July 6 - Prague, CZ @ Chapeau Rouge  
Sun July 7 - Vienna, AT @ Flex Cafe
Mon July 8 - Dornbirn, AT @ Conrad Sohm 
Wed July 10 - Lausanne, CH @ Festival de la Cite 
Sat July 27 - Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival
Sun July 28 - Philadelphia, PA @ XPoNential Festival 
Tues July 30 - Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits TV Taping ^
Thurs September 5 - Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Festival

* denotes supporting Jawbreaker
^ denotes w/ Julien Baker

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