Lucero at FEDLIVE July 23
When anyone talks about Memphis music, the conversation inevitably revolves around the city’s legendary blues scene, Sun Studio, Beale Street and of course, The King — Elvis Presley. But over the last 14 years, Memphis-natives Lucero have relentlessly toured the country, released albums almost yearly and have certainly carved out their own niche in the historic Memphis music scene.
With a constantly expanding lineup and evolving sound that includes horns, pianos. accordions and on their 2012 Women & Work album — a gospel choir, Lucero takes influences from just about every corner of the music industry and seamlessly weaves them all into their own unique blend of country punk rock.
And for as good as their eight studio albums are, it’s their epic live shows that the band hangs their hat on. In August, they will release a career-spanning live album recorded over three nights at Atlanta’s Terminal West. The Live From Atlanta album features 32 songs and more than two hours of music.
From the opening notes of 2006’s “I Can Get Us Out of Here” through the final note of 2002’s “Fistful of Tears,” Live From Atlanta is a whirlwind tour of Lucero’s catalog that effortlessly shifts from rock to country to punk rock with the raspy vocals of frontman Ben Nichols. Filled with beer-soaked sing-alongs about guitars, girls and whiskey, the album is as good of a live album as any — and it will certainly make you want to rush out to a live Lucero show. (To listen to the live album version of “Sweet Little Thing” off of 2002’s Tennessee album, click here.)
While the live album won’t be released until August 12 (they are now accepting pre-orders for the double CD or 4 LP album), Lucero is still on the road touring the country and playing shows nearly every night. Their latest tour will bring them to central Pennsylvania on Wednesday, July 23 to FEDLIVE at the Federal Taphouse in downtown Harrisburg.
If the FEDLIVE show is even half as good as the Live From Atlanta album, local music fans are not going to want to be anywhere else next week. The show at FEDLIVE starts at 8 p.m. and Harrisburg-natives The Give Take will serve as the opening act. Tickets are only $20 and are still available online.