Uncle Lucius (with well-coiffed drummer Josh Greco) stops for gas with their rented rig in Empire, Colo. Courtesy of Uncle Lucius.

We’re in the thick of summer and as temperatures climb past sultry to sweltering many Austin bands make the very wise choice to hit the road, taking their tunes to new audiences and cooler climes. We’ve been checking in with local bands, collecting their snapshots and stories from the road in our new series ATX Tour Diary.

Roots rockers Uncle Lucius had a rocky start to their western tour which kicked off July 8. Their brand new van was stolen while they played a kick off gig in Denver. Though the equipment they use for shows was all on stage with the band, they did lose a good amount of money, personal belongings, clothes and luggage. Some instruments went missing as well, drummer Josh Greco said via email.

The band decided to soldier on and while they’ve had no update from the Denver police, the tour has been a grand success. We hit up Greco for the lowdown on the missing van and life on the road.

Austin360: Tell us about your van. 

Josh Greco: We had just bought a 2012 E-350 White 15 passenger van. It our first time we had something that nice on the road. It had carpet and cup holders, which was a big step up for us. It was pulling a new cargo trailer we had purchased a couple months ago.

How have you been managing without your stuff?

The next day we decided make the tour happen somehow. So we rented a Penske box truck (moving van) and a Ford F-150 truck and headed down the road. Those of us that lost all of our luggage have been managing with some clothes given to us by friends in Steamboat Springs, Colo. and by our band mates who still have all theirs.

Uncle Lucius sets up for a gig in the mountains in Stanley, Idaho.

How long is your tour and how many cities will you hit? 

We’re out for 26 days hitting 20 cities in 10 states

What city has had the best crowds (so far)? 

Steamboat Springs, Colo. is always good to us. Enthusiastic crowd! But some places we’re visiting for the first time have given us great responses. Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, Calif., SLOBrew in San Luis Obispo, Calif., and Standing Sun Winery in Buellton, Calif. have all been packed shows.

What’s been your most interesting interaction with a fan?

We had some fans that live in Dallas come to five straight shows following us down the west coast from Seattle, Wash. to Mill Valley, Calif. And we had fans drive ten hours to see us in Stanley, Idaho.

What is the weirdest thing you’ve eaten?

I had some truffle oil in Pike’s Place Market in Seattle that gave me the most enjoyable burps for an hour, and bacon coffee cake in Portland. We’ve eaten a lot of seafood since we’ve been making our way down the coast from Seattle.

What do you miss most about Austin?

Breakfast tacos. Our loved ones.

How’s your personal hygiene holding up?

Not too bad. We were able to replace our toiletries the next day and we’ve been catching showers every now and then.

Uncle Lucius plays a radio gig at KRSH 92.5 FM in San Luis Obispo/Solvang, Calif. Courtesy of Uncle Lucius.

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