Lucero set its course for the next decade on the Memphis-based band's 2000 debut, The Attic Tapes. For most die-hard fans, the deal was sealed on the album's second-to-last track, "My Best Girl," as lead singer Ben Nichols chose an acoustic guitar over a woman. Ever since, Lucero has made their bones by soothing drunken, broken hearts of both genders, touring almost year-round and only breaking for Nichols's solo jaunts or recording sessions. The band's breakthrough came three more albums in with 2005's Nobody's Darlings, a polished yet gritty collection of songs about losers and lovers. The band began building extreme underground buzz, and by late 2008 had signed to Universal, releasing the Springsteen-esque 1372 Overton Park the next fall, bringing in some of Black Joe Lewis's Honey Bears on backing brass and dipping into the deep waters of their hometown's R&B roots.
Get the Music Newsletter
Keep your thumb on the local music scene with music features, additional online music listings and show picks. We'll also send special ticket offers and music promotions available only to our Music Newsletter subscribers.