Together for more than a decade, LOCASH’s Preston Brust and Chris Lucas are finally enjoying the fruits of their labor. After failing to garner any serious radio success with their first six singles, the duo finally struck pay dirt with their 2016 album, The Fighters. The album’s lead single, “I Love This Life,” hit the No. 2 spot on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart and their follow-up single, “I Know Somebody,” reached the No. 1 spot.
“We were talking about that the other day—having some drinks and celebrating, just us two,” Chris tells Nash Country Daily. “I was like, ‘I don’t think we could have handled it 10 years ago.’ I don’t know if we could have because . . .
“We were wild stallions,” Preston interjects.
With their wild days behind them, Chris and Preston have grown to become respected family men. Preston, who is married to wife Kristen, is the father of Love Lily, 1, while Chris, who is married to Kaitlyn, is the father of Caden, 6, and Remi, 10 months, and Kaitlyn is currently pregnant with their third child.
With their families growing, much like their radio success, Preston and Chris recently released the album’s third single, “A Ring on Every Finger,” which was written by Thomas Rhett, Josh Kear and Jesse Frasure.
“We were wild! We really were,” continues Chris. “Like Mötley Crüe, except no drugs. We don’t do drugs. We’ve never actually done a drug in our lives. Where we’re at as young men, as young dads, we’re very humbled that it took this long. I don’t think I would change it for the world. There’s nothing I would change because of our families. The way it rolled out—it’s the most amazing feeling that we can give ourselves. We weren’t crazy 10 years ago to think we had something. We just never gave up.”
“I just feel like we’re the same guys,” adds Preston. “We continue to work hard—we’re doing over 200 shows a year, just like we were. Nothing’s changed. But everyone is like, ‘Are you guys busier now? Is it crazy?’ And I’m like, ‘We just get a couple phone calls saying some great things are happening, but we continue to do what we’ve always done.'”
What they’ve always done is make good music that you can catch as LOCASH crisscrosses the country, headlining Live Nation’s Ones to Watch Tour with Michael Tyler and Ryan Follese. The duo is also nominated for New Vocal Duo/Group of the Year at the ACM Awards on April 2.
Check out LOCASH’s new single, “Ring on Every Finger.”
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