ACL Fest artist to know: Lucy Dacus on vulnerability, Richmond, famous fan Tim Kaine

Before you watch Sen. Tim Kaine square off against Indiana Gov. Mike Pence in Tuesday’s vice-presidential debate, consider this. One of Kaine’s favorite artists played Austin City Limits Music Festival just this weekend.

Lucy Dacus, from Richmond, Va., performs on the BMI Stage during the first weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 1, 2016. (Tamir Kalifa for American-Statesman)

Lucy Dacus, from Richmond, Va., performs on the BMI Stage during the first weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 1, 2016. (Tamir Kalifa for American-Statesman)

Richmond, Va., singer-songwriter Lucy Dacus played ACL Fest’s BMI stage Saturday, and she was one of our favorite discoveries of the fest’s first weekend. Her rich, warm voice and shockingly vulnerable lyrics combined for what felt like an intimate, hometown show, even though she was far from the commonwealth. It might have also had something to do with the fact that her father, whom she called the No. 1 Bruce Springsteen fan, was in the Zilker Park audience. Dacus dedicated a cover of “Dancing In the Dark” to him.

We talked to Dacus on Sunday about why she opens up so nakedly in her lyrics, as well as how the Richmond music scene has shaped her. We also found out that she has a surprising connection to Kaine, who has called her one of his favorite artists in a New York Times op-ed. That puts her in the same company as David Bowie, Alabama Shakes and The Replacements. Good company to keep.

Watch the full interview with Dacus here. Unfortunately, she’s not playing the second weekend of ACL, but her album “No Burden” is out now.

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