Here’s the entry from AZ Central’s December local music picks in Phoenix:
The Mister Lucky front man releases a solo debut album titled “Up Until Now” at a show that also features Scattered Melodies, Shawn Johnson & The Foundation, the Bittersweet Way, and Jesse Nova and the Second Line (from San Diego).
The album started as a Mister Lucky record and ended up being the first Doug Preston solo record.
“It was a long rollercoaster of a journey,” Preston says. “But in the end, it turned out to be the first piece of work that I’m really, truly proud of.”
The other records he’s released have left him “cringing,” Preston says, when he goes back and listens “because I know where all the bodies are buried. I know where the corners were cut and where performances were not up to par but had to be left to meet a deadline.”
Preston was “desperate to make a good record,” he says. “Something with some good power-pop tunes, a little dash of noise/texture/(Jeff) Tweedy-ness, and the best quality sounds I could muster.”
The result is a record that makes him smile. “And I’m very proud to play it for people,” he says. “I genuinely look forward to people hearing it. That’s truly a first for me.”
The album was originally titled “Keep On Shining,” but “Up Until Now” seemed more fitting, he says, because he sees the record as a marker indicating the place on his timeline where he stopped being in bands and started putting out music under his own name.
“It’s a big deal for me to have the confidence to put my name on something,” Preston says. “It’s for sure pushing me way out of my comfort zone.”
“In addition to drummer Phil Popovich, bassist Ricky Powell and guitarist/keyboardist Jeff Hutcherson of Mister Lucky, the album features guest appearances by guitarist Andy Borunda (Carol Pacey and the Honey Shakers), Bill Hamilton (Mr. Eastwood, 2 Tone Lizard Kings) and vocals by Shawn Johnson.
“There’s songs on here that have been floating around for a decade at least,” Preston says. “Getting this record out kinda wraps all that up for me. I feel like I have a clean canvas again and I’m excited to start writing for whatever the next thing is. It’s a pretty great feeling.”
Ed Masley, The Republic | azcentral.com Published 6:49 a.m. MT Dec. 1, 2017