Lucy Dacus, though from Virginia, has Idaho roots. She’s never lived here, but in 2017, Treefort Music Fest was the first festival to treat her and her bandmates with decency.
“That was the first time we’ve ever been treated well as a band,” Dacus said. “It blew our minds, it was this whole other world.”
Dacus is making her second trip to Boise Friday, Oct. 18, with guest Liza Anne at The Olympic. The show starts at 9 p.m. Because it’s been a while since she was in town, she told Boise Weekly she wants fans to reach out to her on Twitter if there are any songs they want her to play.
Dacus’ love for Boise, and Idaho in general, seems to be shared by her group of friends. She briefly with band Boygenius, a troupe of Dacus, Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers, and on the band’s solo album, Bridgers penned a song called “Ketchum, ID.” They also stayed at a cabin in Coeur d’Alene, courtesy of Bridgers.
“It’s just such a beautiful place, I see myself getting a house there some day,” she said.
Dacus’ music is poetic, soulful and thoughtful, which lines up with her writing process. It’s not even necessarily a process, but almost involuntary, Dacus said.
“They feel like throwing up… it’s like oh my god, what’s happening,” she said. “I think that I don’t have much control over my songwriting.”
Her involuntary poeticism stands as a throughline for her music, and her style of heartfelt writing is undoubtedly her brand. The themes in her writing often shift, from self-evaluation to family, but the poetic style and overall ambience stays the same. Like the urge to write individual songs, the topic of what she’s writing about is not voluntary. She’s not sure why, but she has the feeling she’s going to start writing about family soon, she said.
“It’s hard to say, I feel like it’s when my brain is ready to confront something,” Dacus said. “Writing is part of my healing process… I feel like I’ve just become ready to look at my childhood.”