If there was a title given out for the hardest working band in the business, Lucero might be hands down winners. Now that the band is on the verge of releasing their 6th overall, and first major label debut, 1372 Overton Park, for Universal/Republic on October 6th, the bands frantic tour schedule is sure to get fuller.
The genre bending alt-country, punk,folk inspired band's new LP was produced by Ted Hutt (The Gaslight Anthem), and is said to see Lucero get closer in touch with their hometown of Memphis' soulful and bluesy sound, even inspiring the albums title. The album serves as a love letter to Memphis, '1372 Overton Park' the address of the Memphis loft in which the band lived, practiced and even recorded portions of their albums over the years, with the space even serving as a karate dojo studio where local residents including Elvis took lessons in the 70's. Over recent years the bands members have gradually moved out just leaving frontman Ben Nichols the sole resident, until the band caught word that the building would be sold and demolished, marking the end of an era for the band. Nichols explains, “When [saxophonist] Jim Spake (Al Green, Cat Power) put that first horn track down, we began thinking of the record as having a certain sound. We heard pieces of Memphis history being played over our songs it floored us and we just went with it.”
You can stream the new track "The Devil and Maggie Chascarillo" over at Luceromusic.com