Adding a Southern flavor to their love of Springsteen, the Mekons, and the indie folk-pop of Ida, Memphis alt-country rockers Lucero have suffered the turbulence that comes with the indie scene, but their story of perseverance and survival is triumphant, so much so that director Aaron Goldman made a film about it. Synonymous with their hometown -- in , the city's Mayor officially declared April 14 "Lucero Day" -- the band's impressive catalog has run the gamut from country, soul, and blues to garage-punk and heartland rock, with highlights arriving via 's nervy That Much Further West, 's gritty major-label debut Overton Park, and 's reflective and heartfelt All a Man Should Do. Averaging nearly an album a year while maintaining a relentless touring schedule, the band have been called one of the hardest working groups of the early aughts. Formed by leader Ben Nichols in the late '90s, Lucero took their name from the Spanish word meaning "bright star. Stubblefield, guitarist Brian Venable, and keyboard man Rick Steff -- signed with the alternative country label Madjack for their self-titled debut. Momentum started to build with their release Tennessee.
Trigger News 27 Comments. This is the first record from Lucero since Ben Nichols got married and had a now 2-year-old daughter, Izzy. Among The Ghosts is said to have a distinct Southern flavor, but with the edge Lucero is known for. Among The Ghosts was recorded mostly live as a five piece, with the principle lineup of Lucero at the moment consisting of founding members Ben Nichols and guitarist Brian Venable, with Roy Berry on drums, John C. Stubblefield on bass, and Rick Steff on keyboards. Lucero has released a dozen or so albums since , getting their big shot on a major label back in when they signed with Universal Republic, and later recording multiple releases for ATO Records. Trainwreck92 May 11, pm.
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