November 17, 2008

New Ben Nichols (Lucero) solo: “The Last Pale Light In The West”

Ben Nichols of Lucero has a gravelly, urgent voice full of hard wilderness. I cannot fully tell you how excited I am by the fact that his new solo album The Last Pale Light In The West is inspired by the Cormac McCarthy book Blood Meridian, which I coincidentally just started reading last week. McCarthy is one of my favorite authors, and Nichols has the chops to compose the perfect atmospheric soundtrack to his writing.

STREAM: The Last Pale Light In The West – Ben Nichols

The seven song “mini-LP” was recorded this past summer with Rick Steff (Cat Power, Lucero) and Todd Beene (Glossary), and will be released January 2009 via Liberty & Lament / The Rebel Group.

In full band news, the formidable Lucero [previous lavish Fuel/Friends love] has signed to Universal, and they’ll be heading into the studio to record music for their 6th studio LP at the end of 2008, which is scheduled for release in summer 2009.

[Top photo credit the fantastic Denver photographer Todd Roeth]


  • I’ve been loving Last Pale Late in the West. He played a few songs from it at the Revival tour stop in Denver. I’ve been number 1 on the Blood Meridian hold queue at PPLD for about 2 weeks now and really looking forward to reading it.

    Luke — November 17, 2008 @ 4:55 pm

  • Heather, love the song. But how cruel! It doesn’t come out til January! Blood Meridian is THE best of Cormac’s novels. Enjoy.

    ROY — November 17, 2008 @ 8:18 pm

  • Ah but if you go to the lucero web site, you can order the cd now and get it immediately via a zip file.

    <a href="">BetweenLoveandLike</a> — November 18, 2008 @ 7:49 am

  • Thanks. Got it!

    Roy — November 18, 2008 @ 8:09 pm

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Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
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