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Lucy Dacus Shares New Song About July 4th – “Forever Half Mast”

Her “2019” Seasonal Singles Series Continues Throughout the Year

Jun 25, 2019
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This year Lucy Dacus is working on a singles series entitled 2019 where she will release seven songs in 2019, each timed to a different holiday. It'll be a mix of covers and originals. Now she has shared another installment, "Forever Half Mast," timed to July 4th. Watch the lyric video below, followed by her upcoming tour dates.

Dacus had this to say about the song in a press release: "There is a daily dissonance one endures as an American wherein much of our joy is counterweighted by shame, where much of our pride lives in tandem with injustice and suffering. 'Forever Half Mast' is about confronting this unavoidable culpability as an American citizen and consumer.  Instead of allowing this guilt to paralyze us, we should try to let it influence us in positive ways."

The press release adds: "Lucy drew inspiration for the song from her experiences touring in Europe, where she was starkly confronted by the complexities of her American identity, and by what it means to be a proud American in these trying times." 

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. Then she shared its second installment, "My Mother & I," which was fittingly timed to Mother's Day and Taurus season and was one of our Songs of the Week.

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 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.

Read our interview with Dacus and boygenius.

Read our 2018 interview with Dacus on Historian.

Read our 2016 Artist Survey interview with Lucy Dacus.

Lucy Dacus Tour Dates:

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 ^
Wed July 31 - Austin, TX @ Paramount Theater ^
Thurs September 5 - Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Festival
Sat September 7 - New York, NY @ Central Park Summerstage *
Sun September 8 - New York, NY @ Central Park Summerstage *
Tues September 10 - Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
Wed September 11 - Hamden, CT @ Space Ballroom
Thurs September 12 - Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace
Sat September 14 - Burlington, VT @ Grand Point North Festival
Sun September 15 - Ottawa, ONT @ Ottawa Cityfolk Festival
Mon September 16 - Montreal, QC @ L'Astral
Tues September 17 - Toronto, ONT @ Lee's Palace
Thurs September 19 - Detroit, MI @ El Club
Fri September 20 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Small's
Sat September 21 - Bristol, TN @ Bristol Rhythm & Roots
Wed October 9 - Louisville, KY @ Headliner's
Thurs October 10 - Chicago, IL @ Park West
Fri October 11 - Madison, WI @ Majestic
Sat October 12 - Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
Mon October 14 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
Wed October 16 Bozeman, MT @ The Rialto
Thurs October 17 - Missoula, MT @ Top Hat Lounge
Fri October 18 - Boise, ID @ The Olympic
Sat October 19 - Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
Mon October 21 - Vancouver, BC @ Hollywood Theatre
Tues October 22 - Seattle, WA @ Neumo's
Wed October 23 - Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater
Fri October 25 - San Francisco, CA @ August Hall
Sat October 26 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
Mon October 28 - San Diego, CA @ Belly Up
Tues October 29 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
Fri November 1 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
Mon November 4 - St Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
Tues November 5 - Cincinnati, OH @ Woodward Theatre
Wed November 6 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Covenant Fine Arts Center
Sun November 17 - Mexico City, MX @ Corona Capital Festival

^ denotes w/ Julien Baker
* denotes w/ Mitski

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