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You could say we were one of the lucky ones, starting this band in April of 98 without aclue as to what we were doing. We were getting tired of the steady punk rock and metaldiet and we wanted to try our hand at country songs, or do our best Tom Waits/Poguesimpersonation.The trick there was that we couldnt really play our instruments! I had never played guitarbefore and Ben Nichols (lead singer, guitar) had only played bass in other bands.Finding Roy Berry (drummer) and John C. Stubblefield (bassist) solidified the line up andbeing hidden away in Memphis allowed us to woodshed, experiment with differentsounds and create one that was ours alone.Eventually we got out of town, and playing 250 shows year not only made us tight as aband but as a family as well. We are still one of the few bands out there with the originalline up from almost the beginning, and it shows.Picking up Rick Steff on keys allowed us to expand the sound and grow musically. Beingable to play whatever we could think up in our heads and having the music we loved andgrew up on motivate and inspire us to try new things and take chances. We realized thatif you added some horns to Bens lyrics that it took it to the next step, from sad bastardcountry rock to soul and R&B and we realized we were a Memphis band and came by ithonest. We have always brought Memphis with us wherever we went and this justproved it.We came out screaming on 1372 Overton Park. Big sound, bigger horns - like a kid witha new toy we put them on everything and loved it! This record was a marked departurefrom the previous sound and announcement of way things were gonna be now!While 1372 Overton Park was written and the horns added after the fact, Women &Work was written with the horns in mind so it was a little less gung ho and was startingto settle in nicely. Women & Work is one of the best modern Southern rock records inmy opinion and the song On My Way Downtown has almost surpassed Tears DontMatter Much as the crowd favorite almost!This brings us to the new record. All A Man Should Do contains some of the mostresonant lyrics Ben Nichols has ever written, lyrics that read like chapters from his life onthe duality of relationships, getting older, finding where you want to be in this world, andmusically we are broadening our sound. Working with producer Ted Hutt for a third timeat the famous Ardent Studios, we felt comfortable enough to take some chances with apalette of new tones that sound understated yet powerful, bringing life to the storiesbehind the lyrics without overshadowing them.Its also the first time weve ever put a cover song on a record, with a full band version ofbig stars I Fell in Love with a Girl, and having Jody from Big Star sing back-up vocals makes it that more special and amazing. This is a Memphis record in the greatest senseand a perfect finish to the three-part love letter to a city that brought us up and made uswhat we are today.I was 15 years old in 1989. This record sounds like the record I wanted to make when Iwas 15. It just took 25 years of mistakes to get it done. - Ben NicholsHaving Big Star actually sing on your cover of a Big Star song that youre recording atArdent Studios - it doesnt get much more exciting than that. Ben Nichols
Lucero: In a time when country music is beginning to become infused with less traditional styles of music, Lucero is king. Their acclaimed fusion of country and punk has given way to nearly 200 packed tour dates a year and half a dozen or so critically acclaimed albums. Their unique style has also inspired some of the mainstream's hottest acts, including Cage the Elephant and The Avett Brothers. Their 2009 album, 1372 Overton Park, became Lucero's hit major label debut, and while fans wait for the announcement of a new album, they're gearing up for the band's 2011 tour dates.

Lucero was formed in Memphis, TN in 1998 after lead singer and guitarist Ben Nichols' previous band broke up. Lucero performed hundreds of tour dates before being signed and releasing their self-titled, debut album in 2001. The band began to receive widespread recognition after the 2003 release of That Much Further West, but continued to remain a cult favorite until the release of Rebels, Rogues & Sworn Brothers in 2006. The album featured Lucero's most acclaimed balance of punk and country and received acclaimed from a number of major music critics. The group has been on the minds of audiences ever since their major label debut, 1372 Overton Park, in 2009, and has left fans wondering when Lucero's next release will come.

While they wait, fans can catch Lucero as they finish up their 2011 tour dates on the Vans Warped Tour, which ends on August 14. After that, Lucero will continue to perform around the US until October 19, when they'll support Dropkick Murphy's on their tour of Australia. After Lucero's 2011 tour dates end on October 25, they'll probably take a much needed break from touring, so don't miss this opportunity to see them live!

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