Texas & Tennessee - Lucero

from the EP Texas & Tennessee (2013)

I caught Lucero live tonight for opening show of a three night stint at Terminal West in Atlanta.  These shows are being recorded for a future live album.

"Live Recording" gigs are often tricky as band members often play for the tape rather than the audience.  In addition, newer songs in the set often sound "obligatory" mixed in with the proven numbers.  Fortunately, neither of these realities was true tonight.

In fact, the two best songs of the set were from their latest EP Texas & Tennessee.  The title track from this releases the song I most enjoyed.

First of all, Texas & Tennessee is very well written with a catchy melody line and sharp lyrics.  The lead vocals by Ben Nichols.  His whiskey-soaked voice carries an authenticity that attracts my discerning ear.  Also noteworthy is the country piano track, that carries lifts the song with a quality that I equate with Bob Seger.  A two-piece brass section is also used to add texture and depth to the song.

Their sons has been described as a "synthesis of soul, rock, and country (that) is distinctly Memphisian."  I would add to that that the band also has an alternative element in their songwriting that is reminiscent of The Replacements.  That is a good thing.

Click Here to watch Texas & Tennessee performed live.

Click Here to listen to a version featuring Ben Nichols on acoustic guitar accompanied by Rick Steff on  accordion.  Two cool things about Rick Steff is that he has played with both Dexy's Midnight Runners and Hank Williams Jr.  and that his father, Dick, played trumpet for Elvis Presley.  He is an excellent musician.