Of Pickleball and Performing: LoCash readies new sets for Arizona shows

Chris Lucas, left, and Preston Brust are LoCash. The duo’s tour will bring them to Chandler and Sahuarita this February. (LoCash/Submitted)

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

Country duo LoCash acknowledges that they, like most musicians, spend 23 hours twiddling their thumbs and one hour doing what they do best — performing. 

They kill time co-writing songs, binge-watching TV shows and playing pickleball. 

“I don’t know if we’re good, but we can hang in there,” vocalist Preston Brust says with a laugh. “We try to win some money on the road against band members, the songwriters who are out with us, and our managers. They’re weak. We can always beat them.”

They’re bringing the equipment — and music — to Arizona for a handful of shows: 8 p.m. Friday, February 24, at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Chandler and 8 p.m. Saturday, February 25, with Drake Milligan at Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment in Sahuarita.

This is a special market for them. 

“My fondest memory of Phoenix is Tim Richards. He was in radio,” Brust says. 

“He’s become one of our best friends. When ‘One Big Country Song’ kicked off (in 2019), he led the way. When it needed a push in the middle, he was there for us.

“When we went for No. 1, he pushed hard for it. He’s the spin leader in the country. He played the song more than any other radio station in the United States. We’re indebted to him. Phoenix stepped up and hit it out of the park.”

LoCash is on tour supporting its forthcoming single “Three Favorite Colors,” a song about the red, white and blue. 

“Everything in our life revolves around that song,” Brust says. 

Singer Chris Lucas adds, “We hope the song brings America together. There’s so much animosity. LoCash is known for bringing the positive. This song does it. It just shows you we have these colors, and we all stand together. We’re bigger together than we are separately.”

The song comes on the heels of their 2021 EP, “Woods & Water.” 

It’s a busy time for the duo, who met as DJs. LoCash has earned eight charting singles, two successful albums, and over 815 million global on-demand streams. They were nominated for vocal duo of the year at the 56th annual CMA Awards. 

The duo recently inked a partnership with Monster Jam. On July 1, they’ll play the halftime show of the Monster Jam World Finals at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium. 

“We’re looking forward to a great partnership,” Lucas says. “I went for the first time, and I was so impressed by it. Even my little girls had a blast.”

2023 also sees LoCash opening for Kane Brown on 30 dates of his Drunk or Dreaming Tour.

Perhaps one of LoCash’s highlights is collaborating with the Beach Boys on the song “Beach Boys.” It features the Beach Boys’ co-founder Mike Love and longtime bandmate Bruce Johnston, and it has tallied 4.56 million global streams to date. 

“We became little kids again,” Lucas says about the collaboration. “They’re icons. My dad listened to the Beach Boys. We all know who they are. To get to know them and their secret ingredients — harmonies — to tour with them a couple times was awesome.”

They took the song to ABC’s “Good Morning America” on August 2, 2022, and added to the set the Beach Boys’ iconic “Kokomo” on “GMA3: What You Need to Know.”

LoCash and the Beach Boys made four pop-up appearances. They surprised fans at the Beach Boys’ hometown show at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on August 7, 2022, with special guests John Stamos and Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath. 

The two performed together during their debuts at Stagecoach in Indio, California, in May 2022. 

That same month, LoCash introduced the Beach Boys before their first gig at the Grand Ole Opry.

“That was extra special,” Brust says. “That night will live with us forever in our hearts. It’ll forever be an amazing memory.”

The Beach Boys experiences more than make up for the dull times on the road. 

“We spend so much time on the road and in the bus,” Brust says. “We carry writers with us on the bus with us sometimes. Chris and I can knock out six to seven songs on the weekend if we have a couple writers with us. 

“They always say there are 23 hours of (expletive) just to get to that one hour of what you really love to do. Those 23 hours we spend trying to be creative if we can. You do need a little time to yourself. You’re cramped on a little tour bus.”

When LoCash does hit the stage, it’s ready to party, Brust says. 

“We come out there and just rock,” he says. “We have a high-energy show to make everyone forget about their drama. They get their hands up and sing along with country songs that they know. 

“You never know what we’re going to throw in the set. We always switch it up. It’s our way of making the show feel unique every night. If you’ve seen one show or five shows or 10 shows, you’ll still get something different.”

LoCash w/Drake Milligan

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, February 25

WHERE: Desert Diamond Casino, 1100 W. Pima Mine Road, Sahuarita

COST: Tickets start at $25

INFO: 1-866-DDC-WINS, ddcaz.com



WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday, February 24

WHERE: Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Boulevard, Chandler

COST: Tickets start at $29

INFO: 1-800-WIN-GILA, playatgila.com