Lucero began as an alt-country lark by a couple of basement punks in Memphis. Their four albums trace an arc from trad country to country-punk, highlighted by their latest, Nobodys Darlings. Produced by Jim Dickinson (Rolling Stones, Replacements), the album is the bands best it heads further into tattered country rock following the trajectory of 2003s That Much Further West. Theyre led by singer-guitarist Ben Nichols, whose cocktail-enhanced vox has a dusty howl that tenders a down-but-not-beaten resilience. Nobodys Darlings mines a blue-collar desperation highlighted by the slow-burning Noon as Dark as Midnight and Bikeriders. Gearing up for Luceros second big tour this year, Nichols offers his monomanias as he gets his touring game face on.
5. Sunday morning coming down: Im back on the road again ... The nights are long and the morning comes too quickly.
4. Filthy Lucre: Gas prices are completely insane. Its a lot harder to make money.
3. I Heart the Knitters: I got to see the Knitters a couple nights in a row in Memphis, and we actually opened up for them in Nashville at the Americana Music Conference. John Does a pretty cool guy and Dave Alvins an amazing guitar player.
2. Lost in Translation: Were going to Japan not long after Detroit, and Ive never been out of the country before. We dont blend in that well with American society; going to a different culture like this, we could easily get lost.
1. Pamela Des who? I guess the last thing is just whats on every guys mind women. Were just getting started [on the tour], but I figure with Orlando and Atlanta, it should be a good tour.
Appears Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Alvins, 5756 Cass, Detroit; 313-831-4577. With Chris Mills and Limbeck.Send comments to [email protected]