Artist of the day: Ted Lukas and the Misled
Ted Lukas consistently impresses his fellow musicians with his guitar skills, soulful vocal delivery, and a keen sense of lyricism and professionalism.
Formerly of Barely Pink, Hangtown and Rebekah Pulley‚Äôs Reluctant Prophets, Lukas would surely be an inductee for Tampa Bay‚Äôs Music Scene Hall of Fame, if there were one. With his new band the Misled, he specializes in a smooth and potent concoction of rock, blues, country and power pop.
After the jump, check out Julie Garisto's interview with Lukas. And click here to check out his catchy track Hearts Like Mine.
Misleading men: Ted Lukas, vocals and guitar; Sonny John Sundstrom, lead guitar; Sean Doyle, drums and harmony vocals; and Mark Tinker on bass.
Leader of the Misled: Lukas consistently impresses his fellow musicians with his guitar skills, soulful vocal delivery, and a keen sense of lyricism and professionalism. Formerly of Barely Pink, Hangtown and Rebekah Pulley‚Äôs Reluctant Prophets, Lukas would surely be an inductee for Tampa Bay‚Äôs Music Scene Hall of Fame, if there were one.
Their sound: A smooth and potent concoction of rock, blues, country and power pop.
Notable stuff: Lukas‚Äô tune Hearts Like Mine is included in the BAAMO local music compilation CD, Tales of Lust and Longing, and he‚Äôs scheduled to perform at the WMNF Tropical Heatwave music festival on May 16. Lukas answers questions about himself and the band.
Recordings, etc.: ‚ÄúI have lots of new songs we are working up now. We hope to have the new CD done and released by the fall of this year; it does not have a name yet. Misled came out about a year ago since, and then I managed to form a steady band rather than using hired guns and different musicians for every show or session fittingly. So, I decided to name the band the Misled. ‚Ä¶ Sonny has been playing with me since ‚Äô02, so we have quite a chemistry. Mark Tinker played with me for a while a couple of years ago but took a break when his dad passed away. I met Sean Doyle (formerly of Zanesville) though our mutual friend Doc Lovett of Mojo Gurus. He‚Äôs right in the pocket.‚Äù
Why did you feel Misled? ‚ÄúThe song was about two things: music and my wife. Both keep me from going crazy sometimes. Whenever I am worried, I always have my records and my wife to calm me down. The title was also a play on words because I really felt like the country was being misled by our last President. I think we were all misled into a costly war and a recession.‚Äù
The band nowadays: ‚ÄúSonny is an amazing slide guitar player and sometimes he‚Äôll just play slide and I‚Äôll play lead. I play more lead guitar than I ever did with my own band before; we trade licks on guitar and share solos. These days we like to jam a bit. We‚Äôve been known to break out an Allman Brothers song or two, amongst other surprises.‚Äù
What 'other surprises‚Äô? ‚ÄúWe always try to include at least one blues song in the set, and one serious Nashville-style country shuffle, and then of course our usual Beatles and Stones rip-offs. ‚Ä¶ We follow the example of artists like the Black Crowes or Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi by adding covers to the set that we feel close to.‚Äù
Daytime lives: ‚ÄúSean is Mr. Mom, actually. He has two boys close to the same age as mine. We bond on that a lot. Sonny works as a warehouse manager. He was a session musician and sound engineer in Nashville for 10 years. Mark gives guitar lessons. I do graphics and also teach how to do graphics.‚Äù
On the forthcoming CD: ‚ÄúWell, I can say that some of these songs are the most personal I‚Äôve ever written. I‚Äôm getting older, so I‚Äôm not as angry as I was as a young man. Not as rebellious I guess. I have songs about my kids and such, happy songs about family and good times, but also some sad songs ‚Äî one about losing my good friend Jeff Wood (the drummer of several Tampa-St. Pete bands who died of brain cancer in 2007). It‚Äôs called Couldn‚Äôt Say Goodbye; that was a hard one to write. It‚Äôs a guilty song more than anything. I felt bad about not getting out to see him one last time before he passed. And so this song is my apology to him.‚Äù
Wife, kids: ‚ÄúJill is my wife. My kids are both boys. Enzo is 3 and Rocky is 10 months.‚Äù
Very Italian-American names for the boys, no? ‚Äú(Laughs) Yes. My wife and are both Italian; my real last name is LoCascio, but no one ever spells it right so I started using Lukas with the bands.‚Äù
Balancing domesticity and rock shows: ‚ÄúWe only do about two shows a month at most, so it‚Äôs not too hard. Jill is a trooper. Sometimes we get a sitter and she comes out with me. ‚Ä¶ I did stop playing with Rebekah, though, to spend more time with my family and concentrate on my band and this next CD.‚Äù
Guilty pleasures: ‚ÄúGin and tonic; I‚Äôm addicted to popcorn.‚Äù
[Photo by Tracy May]