Released in June of 2015 via Polkadot Mayhem and Neon Autumn
We’ve All Got Baggage by Now consists of 10 folk songs all written on the ukulele by Dix. Written over the course of three years, the album deals will all of the experiences in Dix’s life that could be construed as baggage. “Wait Around for You” deals with a lover moving away. “Saying Goodbyes” touches on the death of people close to him, including his best friend and musical partner Gavin Theory. “The Effects of Suits and Ties on Dreamers” presents the idea of being consumed by work and letting that consumption ruin a relationship. “The Universe Doesn’t Care (That’s Okay)” talks about Dix’s own battle with cancer. Though these topics may seem heavy and saddening, the album also has an uplifting feel to it, with songs like “Lucky” highlighting the many ways we are fortunate in life.
Musically, the album resembles front porch and campfire sessions, minimal and emotional. With catchy hooks that beg to be sung in groups, the songs are draped in middle America folk with a bit of Dix’s hip hop influence. An amateur musician at best, Lukulele Slim invited Stephen Sauer (Loud Hound), Ed Curtiss, aka producer Shut-ins (Loud Hound) and Jay Cobb Anderson (Fruition) to fill out the album with some professional talent.
So grab a drink, cheers to your friends, family, and love ones, and celebrate all the heartbreak, joy, reflection, and understanding that allows us to be who we are. Recognize that “we’ve all got baggage by now”, but also recognize that we are lucky enough to help each carry on through it.