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Album Review

Ben Nichols, leader of Memphis alt-country rockers Lucero, claims he had never heard of Uncle Tupelo back when he traded in his punk stripes for a more roots rock sound. While this may sound like typical rhetoric from upstarts trying to avoid being cast into the alt-country ghetto, Tennessee, the group's sophomore outing, is strong enough evidence to back up that claim. Listening to this defiantly organic and strong release, one gets the sense that Nichols adopted a countrified sound simply because it seemed the shortest path to the heart. The album is packed with leather-tough Americana such as "Nights Like These," — which is all guitar-crunch, rolling B-3 organ, and Nichols' hot-tar emotive rasp — and the gliding, melodic country-rock of "Ain't So Lonely." There are also plenty of ruminative, bruised numbers on the album, such as "Sweet Little Thing," which eventually bursts out of a stark verse to reveal a Replacements-style hear-tugging rocker. The songs get a big kick in the pants from Nichols' vocals; he's a raw singer in the tradition of Steve Earle, Paul Westerberg, and Matthew Ryan. Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars — who also happens to be the son of legendary producer Jim Dickinson (Big Star, Replacements) — produced this album and added keyboards.

Customer Reviews

Sweetness

I just downloaded the entire album and THIS is the reason I love music. Tennessee is an incredible CD. Definitely worth a listen – I can’t wait to see them live.

Very Strong

Great album. I haven't listened to it for a while but I know I used to listen from beginning to end which is rare for me due to my ADD. Has more country twang to it than their other albums but they pull it off quite well. Buy this. You won't be dissappointed. One of the best unknown bands around.

Stunning

I bought R,R & S B from hearing one tune on an underground indie radio station. I didn't think it could get better than that. As I work my way back through their collection, each album I buy amazes me more than the last. I'm worried. By the time I get to their first disc, my head might explode. Why, oh why did it take me so long to discover these guys?!!

Biography

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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