Rocking Under the Radar: Lucero

Band: Lucero

Where Are They From? Memphis, Tennessee

When Did They Start? 1998

Who Are They? Over the last 12 years, Lucero’s sound has moved from straight-ahead punk towards some amalgam of alt-country, southern rock, and punk. In that time, the band has released seven albums under a few different labels, and has toured extensively in North America.

Why Should You Care? Because Lucero is likely the best band in the genre that some have labeled “cowpunk.” Their songs are surprisingly tight considering the amount of instrumentation in them (especially on recent records), and their sound is relatively unique.

What Do They Have to Say?

  • “Beer tastes like blood/My mouth is numb/and i cant make the words I need to say/She had a weakness for writers/and I, I was never that good at words anyways.” – Lyric from “Nights Like These”
  • “So what if all my heroes are the losing kind?” – Lyric from “What Are You Willing To Lose?”
  • How Do They Sound?

  • “My Best Girl”
  • “Smoke”
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