For the third straight year, Scott Lucas & the Married Men recorded their holiday show, which took place on December 9th at the Hideout Inn in Chicago, and will broadcast it as an hour-long special — The 3rd Annual Hideout Holiday Music Hour — from their website www.scottlucasandthemarriedmen.com, beginning at 4p.m. on Christmas Eve. It will run repeatedly on the site for a limited time.
At each holiday show, the band pays homage to “A Prairie Home Companion” with the evening’s set and structures the broadcast program as an old tyme radio variety show, complete with a host, surprise guests and faux sponsors. Teen indie pop quartet Purple Apple joined the Married Men for a couple of songs at the Hideout and will appear on the Hideout Holiday Music Hour.
Lucas, who is best known as the singer/guitarist for the two-man, Chicago rock band Local H, tackles plenty of Christmas classics throughout the show, including “Run Run Rudolph,” “Last Christmas” by Wham and “Christmas In A Chinese Restaurant,” written by Deer Tick’s John McCauley, with whom the Married Men toured earlier this year. (The song appears on McCauley’s Diamond Rugs album).
Stream the Married Men’s version of “Christmas In A Chinese Restaurant” at ChicagoVerseUnited by clicking here.
Lucas and his six-piece backing band, the Married Men — a collective which includes violin, organ and accordion — also perform original songs from their second album, Blood Half Moon, which noted Chicago Tribune rock critic Greg Kot listed in his top 10 Chicago indie releases for the year and proclaimed “a revelation.” The band also played several Married Men staples, drawn from their first two releases: George Lassos the Moon and The Absolute Beginners EP.
“The whole idea is to have it on in the background while you’re wrapping last minute presents by the Christmas tree or whatever,” explains Lucas. “It’s meant to be like an audio Yule Log. A companion to your little family get together, perhaps? Or if you wanna listen to it while you sit around getting drunk alone — that’s fine, too.”
Year-end accolades for Blood Half Moon:
“Scott Lucas and the Married Men, “Blood Half Moon” (The End): Lucas is best known for his two-decade tenure in power duo Local H, which also has a fine album out this year, but his work with the more expansive lineup and instrumentation of the co-ed band the Married Men has been a revelation. He explores previously unheard colors and nuances in his songwriting; on album No. 2 with the group, he combines the more textured atmospherics with roaring dynamics to powerful effect.” – Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune 12/13/12
Scott Lucas & the Married Men are:
Scott Lucas — vocals and guitar
Jason Batchko — organ and piano
Aaron Duggins – accordion
Rebecca Brooke M. — violin
Peter Muschong – guitar and vocals
Randy Payne – drums and percussion
Tom Szidon – bass and vocals
George Lassos the Moon (G&P) – February 2010
The Absolute Beginners EP (G&P) – October 2010
Who Listens to Radio Anymore?: Live Sessions (G&P) – October 2010
Blood Half Moon (the End Records) – June 2012