'Voice' Alum Tony Lucca Premieres 'Come Around,' Talks Songwriting Hustle In Nashville

Tony Lucca
Ernie Halter

Tony Lucca

Tony Lucca moved to Nashville five years ago to pursue songwriting opportunities. And along the way the The Voice runner-up and Mickey Mouse Club alumnus wound up making a new album for himself -- Ain't No Storm, whose "Come Around" is premiering exclusively below.

"I was in no hurry to get back in the studio after my 2015 self-titled release," Lucca -- who's done songwriting residencies at The Local and has co-written with fellow The Voice singer Barrett Baber -- tells Billboard. "I've never really sat down to write an entire album, specifically. I've just always been writing, and the songs I gravitate to the most are the ones I wind up going in the studio with -- and this is no exception. I suppose I can spit out albums as frequently as I'd like, but if the songs are there or if I don't feel 100 percent about them, then so what? That's what's more important to me."

Ain't No Storm, which comes out March 29, was produced by Ken Coomer, the former Uncle Tupelo and Wilco drummer who's gone on to work with Steve Earle, Frontier Ruckus, Will Hoge, Jars of Clay and others. They were introduced by Lucca's manager and wound up making the album over the course of 10 days. "It was a real simple, real easy, just-add-whatever vibe," Lucca recalls. "He loved the tunes, loved the condition I was bringing them to him in, and we moved quickly. I've been prone over the years to fall into spending too much time fixing stuff, but I didn't do any of that this time and I think the record reflects that. It's got a real organic natural feel to it, which I just love."

Lucca wrote "Come Around" with Justin Fabus, a country artist from Pittsburgh who Lucca met during a tour stop there. "A country artist from Pittsburgh sounded interesting," Lucca says. He invited Fabus to contact him if he was ever in Nashville, and a writing session at the ASCAP headquarters on Music Row yielded the track, which both artists have recorded.

"We started with an up-tempo idea and that song pretty much wrote itself quickly," Lucca recalls. "His version came out cool, like a slightly countrier but also more pop mainstream version of it. I showed the original work tape to Ken Coomer; I can always use another up-tempo songs 'cause I've got plenty of sad bastard, slit-my-wrist songs. He said, 'I love it! Let's record that,' so I wound up doing this song as well."

Lucca continues to play a regular itinerary of shows, although these days he's more of a "weekend warrior" out of Nashville than hitting the road for weeks at time. He's also pursuing his songwriting credentials in Nashville, hoping to turn that into as active of a concern as his own recording.

"They call it a 10-year town," Lucca notes, "and I've been diligently pounding the pavement over on Music Row in earnest for about three of the five years I’ve been down here. I'm still kind of the new kid on the block, trying to make my presence known and introduce people to what I refer to as my wheelhouse, or what it is I bring to the table each time I write. It's been a cool educational project that I'm enjoying, and I'm confident it will pay off in time."