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Lucy Dacus is a singer and songwriter who emerged from the thriving indie rock scene of Richmond, Virginia, in the mid-2010s. She sports a buttery voice that commands both her thoughtful rock tunes and more intimate confessionals. Born and raised in Mechanicsville just outside of Richmond, her mother was a music teacher, and Dacus grew up singing. She began writing regularly in her journal in the sixth grade, and attended concerts, connecting with the Richmond music scene throughout high school. After graduating, she tried studying film at Virginia Commonwealth University with a plan to make music on the side, but soon dropped out and concentrated on writing songs.
Dacus' debut was put together relatively last-minute when a friend who worked at Starstruck Studio in Nashville let her know they had an open day. She had assembled a band from area musicians in guitarist Jacob Blizard, bass player Christine Moad, and drummer Hayden Cotcher, and the songs, which had been written solo, were arranged for the quartet in the week leading up to a ten-hour recording session. The friend at the studio, Collin Pastore, engineered and mixed the album, which was co-produced by Dacus, Pastore, and Blizard. Richmond label Egghunt Records took interest in the results and released No Burden in early 2016.
The album quickly received buzz in the indie music press, and the band did an Audiotree Live session in March that was released as a digital EP. That June, the 21-year-old Dacus signed with Matador Records, which reissued No Burden in September 2016. She then toured with acts including the Decemberists, Sylvan Esso, and Car Seat Headrest before returning to the studio with the same team to record the follow-up. Featuring a similar demeanor but fleshier arrangements, Historian saw release in March 2018 and reached number five on Billboard's Heatseekers chart. Later that year, Dacus formed the collaborative indie supergroup Boygenius with fellow singer/songwriters Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers, releasing a self-titled EP in October and then embarking on a three-way co-headlining tour.
In January 2019, Dacus announced that she would be issuing a series of holiday-themed songs throughout the year, which would eventually be collected on an EP. The first single, a cover of Édith Piaf's "La Vie En Rose," came out in honor of Valentine's Day, followed by Dacus' own "My Mother & I," for Mother's Day. ~ Marcy Donelson~ Rovi