Thursday, April 25, 2013
Lucero w/ Langhorne Slim
It's almost a shame to lump in Lucero with all those other alt-country bands, since instead of the passive folk and timid retro-twang that predominate that genre, this Memphis group kicks up an edgier, rockier sound, a fiercer take on The Replacements’ rowdy roots-rock. The group’s 2009 major-label debut 1372 Overton Park, sacrificed none of Lucero’s ramshackle energy; the same goes for its even more Bruce Springsteen-inspired follow-up, Women & Work, which finds singer Ben Nichols belting out more songs to his two great muses in his signature, whiskey-stained rasp. The band shares this show with Langhorne Slim, a whirlwind banjo player and folk, rock and blues enthusiast with a strident, unabashedly nasal voice.