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Your Country’s Right Here: Lucero Showcases ‘Women & Work’

Ben Nichols, frontman of the punk alt-country band Lucero, talks like a man who has been musically reborn.

Or maybe it’s more apt to liken his attitude to that of someone who worked and worked and then finally solved the New York Times‘ Saturday crossword puzzle — in ink, first time through. Sure Lucero has always had a cool punk, alt-country sound that won them fans well beyond the band’s Memphis, Tenn., home base. But now think of Lucero’s punk, alt-country sound as super charged, thanks to the addition of new players and instrumentation. You can hear it all on the band’s new release Women & Work, on ATO records, home of the Drive-By Truckers, My Morning Jacket, and other like-minded musicians.

“When we [recorded] Women & Work all eight pieces had been on the road for a couple years,” said Nichols of the group’s cohesive musical direction. “We had time to gel, as a complete unit and it was the first time everyone had been involved [in recording a Lucero record] since day one. We had discovered what was possible and went into this record knowing exactly where we stood and exactly what sound we were going for.”

Not that Nichols and the other original members of the 14-year-old band didn’t have the determination or talent or enthusiasm to find that musical sweet spot before. It’s just that, like solving a puzzle, they needed to find the key to the tricky questions. In this band’s case, it was how to whip Otis Redding soul into Lucero’s punk country sound and have a pleasing result.

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Punk On The Rocks: Punk On The Road

Whether the month of August is traditionally rain-soaked or dry as a desert in your hometown, it was most likely a drought month in terms of big name tours. For punk rockers who are thirsty for live music, fear not: The beginning of September marks the start of the fall touring season deluge. This week, Punk on the Rocks has the scoop on the fall tours you can’t miss.
Veteran punks Social Distortion have a string of US dates lined up with Lucero and English folk-punker Frank Turner. The tour starts October 14th in Utah and ends November 23rd in Arizona. Click here for dates.

The Street Dogs : Photo by Brian Sheffield

Boston’s Street Dogs will be hitting the road starting September 7th in support of their self-titled sixth full length (out September 3rd on Hellcat Records). The band will be covering most of the continental US and bringing Devil’s Brigade, Flatfoot 56 and Continental along with them. Click here for dates. If you haven’t seen the Street Dogs live, check out the review of last year’s “Wreck The Halls” show to find out what you’ve been missing.

Street Dogs won’t be the only Boston band on the road—Currently on tour in Europe, Big D & The Kids Table will be returning to the US starting September 24th for a brief tour of the northeast US, culminating in the band’s annual Halloween show at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club. Click here for dates.

The Gaslight Anthem : Photo by Ashley Maile

New Jersey’s The Gaslight Anthem have got a massive touring schedule lined up for the fall. After playing the Reading and Leeds Festival in the UK, the band will wind through the US and Canada starting September 1st. They will return to Europe in late October, where they will remain until late November. The Reading and Leeds Festival appearance will be followed up with stops at Austin City Limits and The Great Allentown Fair, where the band will be opening for Weezer. Click here for dates.

The Swingin’ Utters have expanded their current US tour to include several September dates with The Copyrights and Have Nots and a three-night Texas run with Krum Bums in October. The band will spend November criss-crossing Europe. Click here for dates.

The Misfits (or what’s left of them) will be going in the opposite direction, starting their European tour in September and returning to the States in mid-October for a US tour that is scheduled to last until early December. For those of you hoping to catch the Misfits on Halloween, the closest you’re going to get is their October 30th show in Toledo, OH. While no one is going to begrudge the band some down time,  it’s a mystery as to why they would take off the one day a year that most cries out for a Misfits show. Oh well, maybe next year. Click here for dates.

Who are you looking forward to seeing this fall? Let us know in the comments!


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