May 25, 2009

“Hey darlin’ …do you gamble?” :: Some new songs from Lucero

img_6951poster art by Denver’s JupiterVisual

Lucero brings their whiskey-soaked cowboy punk to Colorado this weekend, with shows in Aspen Thursday, at Denver’s Bluebird on Friday night and the Fox Theatre in Boulder on Saturday.

As I am wont to do, I’ve been trolling the internet in preparation for the show, seeing what Ben Nichols and Co have been up to since the 2006 release of Rebels, Rogues and Sworn Brothers (listen to “I Can Get Us Out Of Here Tonight” and sit back in bliss).

Lucero is currently prepping their major label debut, due out this summer with Universal Republic. I came across an acoustic solo version of a new song called, “Hey Darling, Do You Gamble” performed by Ben Nichols, as well as ten full-band Lucero songs from various shows over the last couple of years — all candidates to make it onto the new album. According to a friend who caught their recent San Francisco show at Slim’s, “you’ll hear more piano infused in the new stuff and, dare I say it, an upbeat attitude.”

But listen first to this new song, which tells a story that Nichols teased out of a line from the Townes Van Zandt movie, Be Here To Love Me. I like listening to the raspy-voiced Ben telling of the interview with Townes’ third wife, how she was won over when Townes walked up to her and simply asked, “Hey darlin’……do you gamble?”

For her, that was enough.

Hey Darling, Do You Gamble (solo acoustic) – Ben Nichols

“Oh and I believe that you should run with me, for a while…”

And here are ten other ones to consider:

Sounds Of The City – Lucero
Lonesome Dogtown Nights – Lucero
The Devil And Maggie Chascarillo – Lucero
Can’t Feel The Pain (Never Learned A Lesson) – Lucero
Sixes and Sevens – Lucero
Hey Darling, Do You Gamble (full band, live) – Lucero
Darken My Door – Lucero
Johnny Davis – Lucero
What Are You Willing To Lose – Lucero
Goodbye Again – Lucero

ZIP: New Lucero songs, live

Check Lucero out this weekend if you are here in Colorado, or on one of the other tour dates leading up to the summer release.

I hear Ben Nichols has also been playing some of his solo material from the Cormac-McCarthy-inspired album Last Pale Light Of The West. This is a very good thing.

May 26 – The Bourquet, Boise, ID *
May 27 – Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT *
May 28 – The Belly up, Aspen, CO *
May 29 – The Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO *
May 30 – The Fox Theater, Boulder, CO *
Jun 2 – Waiting Room, Omaha, NE *
Jun 3 – Varsity Theater, Minneapolis, MN *
Jun 4 – The Picador, Iowa City, IA *
Jun 5 – The Tupelo Elvis Festival, Tupelo, MS
(well heck!)
Jun 6 – Wakarusa, Ozark, AR
Jun 12 – NJ Maxwells, Hoboken, NJ
Jun 13 – NY Big Apple BBQ Block Party, NYC
Jun 18 – The Norva, Norfolk, VA
Jun 19 – Friday Cheers at Brown’s Island, Richmond, VA
Jun 20 – The Grey Eagle, Asheville, NC

*with Chuck Ragan

[thanks to the good fans on the Lucero Message Board for gathering the tunes]

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  • I’ve been looking forward to this one for awhile now. I saw Ben play as part of The Revival Tour last October. He did some things of Last Pale Light in the West. I love Todd Beane’s pedal steel accompanying Ben’s growl. Last July Lucero hit up the Black Sheep. I remember you had to miss that one. I’m looking forward to Friday night up in Denver.

    Luke G — May 25, 2009 @ 4:55 pm

  • I don’t know if you’ve seen this, but Ben was featured in a documentary as part of $5 Cover. Here’s a link:

    Kerry — May 25, 2009 @ 8:01 pm

  • I saw Lucero last week in Chico, with Black Joe Lewis opening. Amazing show. Will definitely be getting to know both bands better in the near future. Will do whatever i have to do in order to see either of them play again in the future.

    joe — May 25, 2009 @ 10:26 pm

  • I saw them in Seattle on Friday. As always, a great show. They played a number new songs including Sounds of the City and Darken My Door. Ben also did several of the Last Pale Light songs solo. Sorry you won’t be seeing Black Joe Lewis at the Colorado shows though. They were fantastic. Well worth checking out live.

    Ted — May 26, 2009 @ 7:55 pm

  • Thanks for the heads up! I saw your post yesterday about the Lucero show and caught it at the Bouquet last night in Boise. First time I’ve seen them and they put on a kickin show. I’m not overly familiar with their music yet, but some of the songs I recognized were I Can Get Us Out of Here, Drink Til We’re Dead, I’ll Just Fall, My Best Girl, Darken My Door, and What Else Would You Have Me Be. Chuck Ragan opened and he was gruff voiced, powerful and rockin.
    Unfortunately, I didn’t see any advertising for the show, so I would have missed it if it weren’t for your post. Thank you. I really appreciate it. It’s a boot stompin good time.

    Jason Carroll — May 27, 2009 @ 8:13 am

  • The Bluebird show was an awesome blend of old and new. They have never sounded better. Sorry we missed ya Heather.

    @ Jason
    The song is Drink Till We’re Gone ..not Drink Till We’re Dead.. but I think a rename may be in order!

    ColoradoAlan — June 1, 2009 @ 2:23 pm

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    Secret Hipster — July 13, 2009 @ 2:30 am

  • Let me just say lucero is my favorite band. I have been looking forward to a new album for years. I am so devastated over the new songs, the damn horns are all I can here. This is a sad day. I’m not in to swing music.

    Kate Ellis — August 8, 2009 @ 11:31 am

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