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With a sound that references Bruce Springsteen, the Replacements, and Whiskeytown, Lucero have crafted the Great American Rock & Roll Record — a true blue album that has much more to do with Southern rock than revivalists like the Kings of Leon. It's full of Western sprawl, the grit and wonder of the open highway, everyday dreams, and the promise in a starry sky. Ben Nichols' Arkansas rasp is the perfect country-rock voice — jammed with experience and heartache, and he lets all this out, whether on the anthemic title track or the shimmering, bittersweet "Across the River." As with Uncle Tupelo, Lucero play country music, but they do it with the attitude of punk and the energy of good ol' rock & roll. It makes for an intoxicating dynamic on brash numbers like "Hate and Jealousy" or the set's standout rocker, "Tears Don't Matter Much." "I'm just a Southern boy who dreams of nights in N.Y.C.," Nichols belts, but Lucero could never be just another New York City band — after all, it's their ties to the great music history of where they're from that make the band so genuine.


Formed: 1998 in Memphis, TN

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Adding a Southern flavor to their love of 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. Formed by leader Ben Nichols in the late '90s, Lucero took their name from the Spanish word meaning "bright star." After releasing a single on the Landmark label, Lucero -- rounded out by drummer Roy Berry, bassist...
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