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LUCERO: WOMEN AND WORK

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GENRE | SOUTHERN BLUES PUNK
VERDICT | HARD ENOUGH FOR YANKS; BLUES ENOUGH FOR DIXIE
LABEL | ATO RECORDS
RELEASE | 4.13.12
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Lucero’s world is a raucous combination of women, whiskey, and neon bar signs. The Arkansan band’s latest is a perfect reflection of that fast and loose ethos.

Ben Nichols’ sandpaper voice has the appeal of a shot of whiskey poured by an old friend. The guitar work is scratchy and over-driven with power chords that fill out the spaces between Nichols’ voice and the bluesy rhythm section. The horns lay over each track like a swath of barbecue sauce on a plate of hickory smoked brisket.

Not as all-or-nothing as 1372 Overton Park or as lonely as Ben Nichols’ solo EP The Last Pale In The West, Women and Work is more of a celebration of the adrenaline that comes with the perfect combination of those two manly essentials. With allusions to Bruce Springsteen, hardcore, punk and ‘60s and ‘70s blues revival (see: Creedence Clear Water Revival, Pacific Gas and Electric), Lucero is a humid, southern, All-American band—and Women and Work is set to be a spring and summer anthem album.

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THU 4.19.12
THE PARADISE
71 COMM. AVE.
BOSTON
617.562.8814
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3 Responses to LUCERO: WOMEN AND WORK

  1. JT JT says:

    Lucero’s from Memphis, TN

  2. Matt Rickett Matt Rickett says:

    You’re right. I was going with Ben Nichols, who is originally from Little Rock. The BAND Lucero is Memphis through and through.

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