Brett Lucas started his professional musical career in his late teems as a guitarist performing in Blues clubs in Detroit and with some of Detroit’s legendary Blues performers. Since then, Brett has performed on stages across the world including Carnegie Hall, Montreux Jazz Festival, Austin City Limits, Conan O’Brien Show, The Jay Leno Show and The Late Show with David Letterman. Brett has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, Japan, Africa and South America.
As a guitarist he has recorded and performed with “The Queen of Detroit Blues” Thornetta Davis, Jeremy Spencer of Fleetwood Mac fame and “The Great Lady of Soul” Bettye Lavette, among many others.
As a songwriter, singer and guitarist Brett has released four albums Second Avenue Crush (2009), Saint Cecilia (2011), Over the Seas (2017) and his latest releases Soul and Courage (2019), and Fortunate Man (2019).
In regards to his two recent 2019 albums he mentioned, “I’m really proud of these new albums. They were recorded with fluidity, response and reaction with the other musicians. It was like capturing the most intense stage performance, jam session, and recording session all in one.”
Currently Brett can be seen performing with his own band, working as both Musical Director and Guitarist for Soul legend Bettye Lavette, performing with Tosha Owens, Ben Sharkey, Thornetta Davis and two tribute bands; The Rattlesnake Shake (a tribute to Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac) and Revival, a tribute to the Allman Brothers Band. Brett also works in the studio as a producer, arranger and session guitarist.
When asked about handling so many different types of gigs and studio sessions: “I enjoy the challenge of not only performing my own music but also music with other artists and styles. My writing and guitar playing isn’t just one sided. I’m based in the Blues but I’ve spent a lot of time expanding my musical palate, so it’s enjoyable to also bring that to the stage and studio.”
Winner of Detroit Music Awards:
2020 Outstanding Blues Recording “Soul and Courage”
“"It's hard for me to give short quotes, about Brett Lucas.
He and I, have been all over the world together.
I met him on his, way up,and he met me, still on the way.
He brought me the spirit I needed,just when I needed it MOST.
He has helped me SELL,...FIVE... Count um Five., GRAMMY NOMINATED RECORDINGS!
When I walk on the stage, and hear him, I feel like, IT'S ON, he's going to help me,
KICK ASS !!!!!
AND I LOVE IT!
I'm SO proud of him, and I feel I'm a part of his growth.
I've been privilege to watch him every night...growing, from good, to brilliant.”
- Bettye Lavette