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Slideshow: Lucero, Houndmouth at the Bluebird

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Buds and beer and whiskey and women. That's what a good Lucero show is like -- and every Lucero show is a good one. I'm a big fan of the down and dirty Memphis rock band, led by grizzled-in-the-best way Ben Nichols. They're 14 years into a hard touring career, but 2012 brought fans their glossiest album yet, the horn-laden Women and Work.

Nichols took requests throughout their show at the Bluebird, gamely playing whatever the crowd wanted -- and drinking whatever they sent up. He forgot the words a few times (but warned the crowd he would do so); mark this as one of the only times I'm completely cool with the lead singer fudging lyrics onstage. It's part of the Lucero charm. They're hard drinking, hard living, hard playing dudes with serious chops.

Most excitingly, Nichols busted out an acoustic guitar to blow through three brand new tunes. The group is set to record an all-acoustic EP in the spring, and if these tunes are any indication, it'll be an instant hit with the group's fervent fanbase.


One of Lucero's brand new acoustic songs, which will appear on an acoustic album


Lucero performs another acoustic track in Bloomington, Ind. on Sunday, Jan. 20.
"When I Was Young" by Lucero from Women and Work

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