Lucero frontman Ben Nichols seems destined to be a Rock & Roll lifer, a guy who revels in playing 200 shows a year for a relatively small but passionate fan base. The Memphis-bred band Nichols leads has dropped eight albums since forming in 1998, moving from Punk-inflected Roots rave-ups (think The Replacements playing Uncle Tupelo covers or vice versa) to a versatile mix of Soul, Country and straight-up Rock (think all of Steve Earle or Being There-era Wilco) with uncommon ease.
Lucero’s latest, Women & Work, is driven by the music Nichols heard as a kid growing up in rural Arkansas.
(Curious side note: Nichols’ brother, Jeff, is the filmmaker behind Take Shelter and the just-released Mud, which features Lucero songs.)
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