Stagg is a powerhouse songwriter...perhaps one of Canada’s best. He has refined his craft, (and his band), into the well-oiled machine that has been burning down crowds nightly.
- Patrick Finch – The Record
Stunning songwriting. A triumph of modern melodic folk rock. - Hamilton Blues
By turns confessional and narrative, the tunes here are presented in an unadorned performance and production style that throws their lyrical and melodic content into sharp relief. Name-checking this material influence-wise would include some fine artists such as Joe Ely, Townes Van Zandt and John Prine. Lucas Stagg measures up well against such vintage stuff while projecting his own clear style, no mean feat in itself. Whether it’s the James Burton chug of ‘Hell Bent’ or the straight-up country cautionary tale ‘Doin’ Time’, the order of the day is sharp playing, strong clear vocal harmonies and melodies that stick in the mind.
Production: A / Performance: A
- Rod Nicholson – Scene Magazine
Lucas Stagg is a roots rock hopeful to watch.
- Neil McDonald – Exclaim! Magazine
Stagg’s talent is in full-force on Stubborn Moon; It’s edgy and cartoony; country and rock. Stagg’s humour is on display (listen to ‘Ray’), and songs like ‘Jody’ are out to showcase his talent. The album scores in multiple instruments; melodies etched over stories of life and love. Whether you press play on a ballad like ‘When Do We Open Our Eyes?’ or you choose to fist pump to ‘Single File Line’, the end result will always remain the same – you’ll press play again and again. Scouring gigs up the strip in Toronto, the Tri-Cities or across Eastern Canada, check out Lucas Stagg when he’s playing a club near you. His music is built for the music lover in all of us. - Care Humphries - Velvet Rope Magazine