Adding a Southern flavor to their love of Springsteen, the Mekons, and 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. Synonymous with their hometown -- in , the city's Mayor officially declared April 14 "Lucero Day" -- the band's impressive catalog has run the gamut from country, soul, and blues to garage-punk and heartland rock, with highlights arriving via 's nervy That Much Further West, 's gritty major-label debut Overton Park, and 's reflective and heartfelt All a Man Should Do. Averaging nearly an album a year while maintaining a relentless touring schedule, the band have been called one of the hardest working groups of the early aughts. Formed by leader Ben Nichols in the late '90s, Lucero took their name from the Spanish word meaning "bright star. Stubblefield, guitarist Brian Venable, and keyboard man Rick Steff -- signed with the alternative country label Madjack for their self-titled debut. Momentum started to build with their release Tennessee. Critics picked up on their rock and Replacements edge, and the band signed with the more diverse Tiger Style label. Things seemed to be going well, but as the album was catching indie fire, Tiger Style announced they were closing shop. Released in spring of , Nobody's Darlings featured the most Southern-fried sounds from the band yet. Mixing archival footage with footage shot during the recording of the album, Goldman premiered his Lucero documentary Dreaming in America in September
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Trigger News 27 Comments. This is the first record from Lucero since Ben Nichols got married and had a now 2-year-old daughter, Izzy. Among The Ghosts is said to have a distinct Southern flavor, but with the edge Lucero is known for.
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There are many good things. Being married and raising a family can be very difficult if the two of you disagree about important issues like religion. I have felt alone many a days when raising our 2 children while he was at work or out of town for conferences. On his days off he sleeps all day long. He believes in God, but also believes that God is everywhere, and therefore does not need to be worshipped in a specific place of worship with specific prayers. Very true, and we're just getting started Hubby just began his intern year. They even refrain from tea and coffee.