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The Memphis six-piece Lucero again hits the sweet spot between Southern rock and its hometown's gritty soul music on its ninth release, Women & Work. Sounding like a companion to 2009’s boogie-powered 1372 Overton Park with the heavy use of horns, barrelhouse piano, and B3 organ, the album moves another step away from the country punk of Lucero's early albums and fully embraces the band's Memphis roots. Crisp and twangy guitar licks and Ben Nichols’ gruff vocals remain Lucero's signature, as evident on the driving barroom standouts “On My Way Downtown,” “Juniper,” and the title track. These hard-drinking tales are countered by the harder comedowns detailed on the midtempo burners “It May Be Too Late,” “When I Was Young,” and “Sometimes.” The rousing gospel feel of the closer, “Go Easy,” sweetened by soulful, full-throated backing vocals, rounds out another solid, hard-charging album. These guys just can’t miss.

Customer Reviews

Love these guys

First saw Lucero open for Social Distortion in 2010 in Toronto, Canada. They were amazing and this new album is great too...check it out. You won't be dissapointed. From beginning to end it's just like all other Lucero albums. Amazing!!

Every Album Gets Better

I heard Bikeriders on an FBM BMX video years ago and I've been hooked ever since. Lucero just keeps evolving into a bigger and richer production.


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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