Lucero EP Release

Nashville Scene Critic's Pick …

Sure, over the years Lucero has garnered comparisons to alt-country acts like Uncle Tupelo and Drive-By Truckers, but the Memphis sextet relies on the same reachable melodies and narrative focus that have long defined classic American songwriting. Singer Ben Nichols croons of missed opportunity and disappointment with a style that’s indebted as much to Waylon Jennings and Robert Earl Keen as it is The Replacements and Hüsker Dü. Texas & Tennessee, Lucero’s forthcoming EP, finds them furthering the countrypolitan inklings they first explored on 2009’s 1372 Overton Park. On the title track and “Union Pacific Line,” twinkling piano and distant horn phrases are placed alongside Nichols’ brusque vocals and the rhythm section’s forward pulse. “Breathless Love” finds the band summoning a joyous swing in the vein of Little Richard or even Springsteen in his funkier moments. Texas & Tennessee is further testament to Lucero’s attention to pragmatic, lean songwriting — from which younger bands wielding acoustic guitars and lap steels could take cues.

—Jared Sullivan

Sat, Jun 29 | 9:00 PM (8:00 Door)
The Mercy Lounge
18 and over
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Memphis TN  |  Alternative

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