Lucero frontman Ben Nichols, has announced he will be releasing his debut solo album, a “mini-LP” titled The Last Pale Light in the West, this coming January 2009 (Liberty & Lament / The Rebel Group). Nichols, who somehow found a pause in Lucero's well known non-stop tour schedule, entered the studio this past August with Rick Steff (Cat Power, Lucero) and Todd Beane (Glossary) to record the seven track mini-LP which features songs inspired from the Cormac McCarthy book 'Blood Meridian'. The Last Pale Light in the West is said to feature the gravelly voiced Nichols on acoustic guitar complimented by Rick Steff on piano and accordion, with Beane helping out on pedal steel.
This year also saw Nichols contribute vocals to The Hold Steady’s new LP, Stay Positive, on the first single, “Sequestered in Memphis”, as well as Ben taking part in the compilation disc, All Aboard: A Tribute to Johnny Cash , tackling “Delia’s Gone” for the CD.
As for Lucero, the band have just signed on with major label big shots, Universal Records. The group will soon be heading back into the studio to record their sixth studio LP, which is scheduled for release sometime in summer 2009.
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