It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.

Please ensure you are using the latest Flash Player.


If you are unable or do not wish to upgrade your Flash Player,
please try a different browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora One subscription will expire shortly.
close
Your Pandora One trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora One.
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
-0:00
0:00
Change Skin

We created Pandora to put the Music Genome Project directly in your hands

It’s a new kind of radio –
stations that play only music you like

 
Create an account for free. Register
Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this

Robert Lucas

West Coast vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Robert Lucas forged a path for himself in the blues world after the release of his much-hailed 1990 self-produced debut cassette, Across the River. Based in Long Beach, CA, as a solo artist Lucas recorded for the Audioquest label out of San Clemente. He was also a member of the legendary boogie blues band Canned Heat, singing and playing bottleneck guitar and harmonica with the group off and on starting in 1994.

Lucas was born into a middle-class family in Long Beach and was 14 or 15 when he started getting seriously into blues-rock. He had started to play guitar then, inspired by Jimi Hendrix, but gave up on it, concluding his hands were too small. He started playing harmonica instead, listening to recordings by John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers before going back to source material, including the recordings of Little Walter Jacobs, Sonny Boy Williamson, George "Harmonica" Smith, Snooky Pryor, and James Cotton. Lucas began playing the National Steel guitar at 17 when a co-worker at the Long Beach Arena sold him the instrument. Lucas hooked up with guitarist Bernie Pearl and began taking lessons from him. After joining Pearl's band as a harmonica player, he got to play behind the likes of Big Joe Turner, George Smith, Pee Wee Creighton, Lowell Fulson, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Percy Mayfield, and other West Coast bluesmen. He carefully honed his singing and playing, with Pearl's band and on his own, for several years before forming Luke & the Locomotives in 1986.

Lucas' career as a national touring act was launched when his Across the River tape got a rave review in a Los Angeles newspaper. As a result, one of the Audioquest warehouse workers came to see him at a Los Angeles sushi bar. The employee called the company president, who came to hear Lucas that same night. Lucas was a multi-talented harmonica player, guitarist, singer, and songwriter who could do it all: on one recording for Audioquest, Usin' Man Blues, he played solo, and on another, Luke and the Locomotives, he performed with his band. The sound on all of his albums is raw and gritty, with just a few originals on each album. Classic blues fare like Sonny Boy Williamson's "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" and John Lee Hooker's "Meet Me in the Bottom" were given new life with Lucas' talented hands and vocal chops.

Lucas paid homage to traditional blues but also carefully crafted his own singing and slide guitar style. These talents are on ample display on his Audioquest albums, including Luke and the Locomotives, Usin' Man Blues, Built for Comfort, Layaway, and Completely Blue, all released during the '90s, as well as latter-day Canned Heat albums on the Ruf and Fuel 2000 labels. Robert Lucas died of a drug overdose in Long Beach on November 23, 2008. ~ Richard Skelly, Rovi
full bio

Comments

holly4606
I started this station because I wanted to turn people on to one of the most versatile true bluesman I had the opportunity to know. Luke was able to turn some of his personal Blues into extremely creative stories that embraced his habits and turned them into autobiograph i c a l songs Check out Using Man Blues, Layaway and also his work with Canned Heat. Luke passed away after overdosing on heroin: He had been clean for a year and made that fatal mistake. Sometimes a clean man is a dead man.

KICK A** BLUES MAN, I was lucky to see Live a couple of times. The frist song I heard him play was a cover of Blind Faith's Lost and can't find my way home, it was in a small and sober enviorment. His Playing and singing took me home, if ya know what I mean. Dan, fromunderahr o c k in Long Beach Ca.

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[91, 121, 106, 109, 118, 76, 70, 64, 65, 100, 106, 100, 66, 111, 77, 93, 101, 103, 114, 78, 91, 66, 90, 74, 97, 108, 83, 80, 66, 90, 107, 92, 113, 81, 66, 92, 102, 123, 74, 124, 106, 98, 67, 115, 120, 104, 112, 99, 113, 114, 99, 119, 112, 121, 90, 113, 93, 93, 127, 94, 96, 96, 119, 93, 83, 94, 113, 79, 74, 117, 103, 103, 76, 98, 89, 114, 127, 96, 123, 95, 66, 91, 91, 121, 107, 86, 84, 101, 115, 113, 83, 91, 120, 85, 114, 80, 124, 105, 81, 64, 108, 75, 127, 67, 125, 115, 107, 80, 95, 86, 73, 90, 84, 106, 77, 81, 101, 120, 120, 122, 104, 84, 102, 64, 77, 73, 79, 93, 100, 92, 92, 125, 73, 87, 87, 80, 122, 116, 101, 96, 121, 71, 103, 72, 92, 122, 102, 76, 103, 99, 68, 107, 94, 108, 122, 120, 77, 92, 109, 82, 94, 116, 74, 107, 120, 80, 119, 117, 127, 96, 92, 98, 121, 104, 70, 94, 121, 74, 96, 106, 101, 64, 93, 126, 76, 67, 89, 88, 87, 95, 103, 123, 116, 108, 93, 99, 115, 98, 70, 118, 104, 112, 71, 80, 114, 86, 108, 76, 66, 92, 79, 96, 102, 122, 111, 118, 77, 77, 109, 102, 121, 116, 107, 119, 94, 114, 123, 67, 111, 116, 107, 87, 124, 64, 70, 68, 67, 84, 123, 82, 125, 122, 76, 94, 76, 81, 95, 69, 111, 77, 124, 75, 76, 84, 122, 114, 73, 94, 109, 89, 87, 117, 103, 70, 65, 76, 90, 100, 118, 123, 112, 76, 107, 124, 92, 68, 73, 72, 76, 95, 89, 91, 109, 86, 83, 83, 111, 99, 116, 118, 119, 67, 73, 79, 119, 113, 124, 111, 123, 102, 100, 126, 122, 76, 74, 118, 114, 90, 113, 76, 101, 126, 104, 124, 109, 118, 115, 71, 109, 110, 85, 104, 79, 105, 64, 108, 110, 106, 123, 122, 93, 92, 76, 88, 75, 100, 100, 105, 110, 113, 127, 118, 70, 69, 112, 101, 94, 118, 108, 111, 89, 67, 100, 95, 106, 106, 125, 90, 94, 119, 75, 79, 68, 85, 117, 88, 126, 75, 84, 90, 122, 70, 114, 64, 117, 99, 108, 82, 96, 112, 110, 123, 120, 107, 92, 68, 111, 100, 96, 64, 104, 101, 114, 82, 87, 71, 126, 78, 121, 116, 90, 113, 93, 86, 94, 92, 87, 79, 80, 127, 107, 85, 115, 89, 91, 79, 108, 96, 120, 115, 124, 120, 105, 82, 91, 93, 127, 82, 67, 85, 101, 111, 101, 121, 118, 111, 86, 64, 83, 118, 81, 119, 66, 82, 107, 91, 106, 103, 97, 102, 67, 70, 90, 114, 83, 121, 70, 78, 124, 68, 105, 78, 93, 76, 111, 107, 100, 112, 72, 69, 104, 85, 75, 80, 115, 90, 115, 104, 67, 106, 121, 92, 107, 107, 125, 70, 78, 110, 105, 82, 83, 123, 119, 100, 124, 69, 66, 84, 88, 75, 119, 79, 108, 127, 94, 108, 114, 81, 98, 74, 117, 97]