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Lucas Ohio Biography

It was 2005 when Lucas Ohio Pattie and his original band discovered one another while playing various clubs, bars, and coffee houses in and around San Luis Obispo, California. Soon the Shamblers were born. The band featured singer-songwriter Lucas Ohio's powerful vocals and hard-driving, muscular, rhythmic guitar style. Completing the original band were musicians Mike Marotto on bass and lead guitar, and Colby James on drums. The band emerged with an energetic sound topographically and sonically surprising -- a hard-edged rock fused with elements of blues, folk, pop, jazz, and country. A riveting performer delivering songs in an impassioned voice, Lucas Ohio leads a band that San Luis Obispo’s New Times declares "a new folk rock phenomenon" -- a band exceeding the sum of its parts.

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Mike Marotto, Colby James, and Lucas Ohio Pattie (left to right)
Photo by Zelo Photography

Lucas Ohio's dynamic songs contain the timeless, evocative lyrics of a poet, and are supported by shifting tempos, textures, and adventuresome arrangements. Delivering energetic and scorching sets, the band developed a large, loyal fan base, quickly leading Lucas Ohio & The Shamblers to become one of the most talked about bands along California’s Central Coast. Both their 2006 self-titled debut The Shamblers and their 2008 CD Steps Toward Home were critically well received, cementing their reputation as one of the hottest bands between Santa Barbara and the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Lucas Ohio and Jackie Greene, for whom Lucas opened in San Luis Obispo
Photo by Jon Claxton Photography

Lucas Ohio & The Shamblers are perhaps best described by Elton John’s first producer and lead guitarist Caleb Quaye as a "tight (and) extraordinary" band with "great riffs, changes in time, and compelling arrangements . . . Lucas Ohio is a great storyteller . . . songwriter . . . and expressive vocalist." Blues legend Charlie Musselwhite for whom Lucas and the band opened is equally as straightforward: "You got feeling, that’s for sure – those are your tunes? Wow."

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Lucas and the band backstage with Charlie Musselwhite before opening for the blues master
Photo by Jon Claxton Photography

Born at home in Los Angeles in 1983, Lucas moved north to the East Bay when he was 10. He was given the name Lucas Ohio Pattie after James Ohio Pattie, who along with his father Sylvester was among the first pioneers leading an exploration party into the Southwest and California in 1827. After earning a B.S. degree at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo from their College of Agriculture, producing two records, and emerging as a musical force on the Central Coast, Lucas returned to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2009 where he quickly reestablished roots and put together a new band.

Replacing the original Shamblers are musicians John Howland on lead guitar, slide guitar, and more, Andrew Gibson on electric and stand-up bass, and Mike Stevens on percussion and drums. Among other recent achievements, Lucas and the band were included on KFOG’s Local Scene 6 CD, described as a "collection of some of the best bands and singer-songwriters emerging from the vibrant Northern California music scene." They’ve developed quite a fan base with people coming from as far away as Sacramento, Southern California, and the Central Valley to hear them play. They continue to be featured at venues large and small including most recently at the Fillmore in their famous Poster Room, Slim’s, Red Devil Lounge, Yoshi’s, Silos, Armando’s and others, as well as large scale events like the Gilroy Garlic Festival – America’s biggest food fest.

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Andrew Gibson, Mike Stevens, Lucas Ohio Pattie, John Howland (left to right)
Photo by Keith W. Criss

Lucas and the band are currently recording their much-anticipated third album at the celebrated Old School Recording Studio in the little town of Caspar in Mendocino County. Among many others, recent artists who’ve recorded there and/or engaged their services include Tom Petty, Sheryl Crow, and Leon Russell. Serving as their producer is Jim Greer of Ninth Street Opus Records, who has produced over 60 records, including most recently Foster the People’s CD featuring "Pumped up Kicks" and other songs for which he recently received a platinum record.

Music Critic Rick Alan Rice at rarwriter.com writes that "Lucas Ohio Pattie may be the next smart young blues-folk-rocker to be accepted into the pantheon of San Francisco Bay Area illuminati . . . a bright guy with a vision for something fresh and different."