Lucy Dacus Shares a Cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” in Honor of His 70th Birthday | Under the Radar - Music Magazine

Lucy Dacus Shares Cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” in Honor of His Birthday

Her “2019” Seasonal Singles Series Continues Throughout the Year

Sep 12, 2019 Photography by Elizabeth Weinberg
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This year Lucy Dacus is working on a singles series entitled 2019 where she will release seven songs in 2019, each timed to a different holiday. It'll be a mix of covers and originals. Now she has shared another installment, a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" in honor of his birthday (he turns 70 on September 23). Springsteen's original was of course on his iconic 1985 album Born in the U.S.A. Listen to Dacus' cover below, followed by her upcoming tour dates.

Dacus had this to say about the song in a press release: "Happy birthday to Bruce, but also happy birthday to my dad, the biggest Bruce fan I know and the reason I've listened to The Boss since birth. I resisted it when I was younger as a rebellion to my dad's taste, but I have come to love his music on my own time. His lyricism is embedded in my own songwriting inextricably at this point."

The first offering of 2019 was a cover of Edith Piaf's "La Vie En Rose," timed to Valentine's Day. Dacus' take was a mix of French and English lyrics. Then she shared its second installment, "My Mother & I," which was fittingly timed to Mother's Day and Taurus season and was one of our Songs of the Week. Then she shared its third installment, "Forever Half Mast," timed to July 4th (it also made our Songs of the Week list).

The other 2019 songs will be released timed to Halloween, Christmas, and New Year's. Then they will all be collected at the end of the year in a physical EP.

Dacus had this to say about the project in a previous press release: "These songs are self-contained, not indicative of a new direction, just a willingness to do something different and sometimes even out of character."

Dacus released a new album, Historian, back in March 2018 via Matador. It was our Album of the Week and one of our Top 100 Albums of 2018.

Dacus also teamed up with fellow singer/songwriters Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers to form supergroup Boygenius, whose self-titled debut EP was released in late October via Matador.

Read our interview with Dacus and boygenius.

Read our 2018 interview with Dacus on Historian.

Read our 2016 Artist Survey interview with Lucy Dacus.

Lucy Dacus Tour Dates:

Thurs September 12 - Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace
Sat September 14 - Burlington, VT @ Grand Point North Festival
Sun September 15 - Ottawa, ONT @ Ottawa Cityfolk Festival
Mon September 16 - Montreal, QC @ L'Astral
Tues September 17 - Toronto, ONT @ Lee's Palace
Thurs September 19 - Detroit, MI @ El Club
Fri September 20 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Small's
Sat September 21 - Bristol, TN @ Bristol Rhythm & Roots
Wed October 9 - Louisville, KY @ Headliner's
Thurs October 10 - Chicago, IL @ Park West
Fri October 11 - Madison, WI @ Majestic
Sat October 12 - Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
Mon October 14 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
Wed October 16 Bozeman, MT @ The Rialto 
Thurs October 17 - Missoula, MT @ Top Hat Lounge
Fri October 18 - Boise, ID @ The Olympic
Sat October 19 - Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
Mon October 21 - Vancouver, BC @ RIO Theatre
Tues October 22 - Seattle, WA @ Neumo's
Wed October 23 - Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater
Fri October 25 - San Francisco, CA @ August Hall
Sat October 26 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Theater
Mon October 28 - San Diego, CA @ Belly Up 
Tues October 29 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
Fri November 1 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
Mon November 4 - St Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
Tues November 5 - Cincinnati, OH @ Woodward Theatre
Wed November 6 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Covenant Fine Arts Center
Sun November 17 - Mexico City, MEX @ Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
Sun November 17 - Mexico City, MEX @ Festival Corona Capital
Sat November 30 - Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater
Wed December 4 - Boston, MA @ Royale
Thurs December 5 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Sat December 7 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

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