Cory Branan – TT The Bears, Cambridge, MA (10/11/08)

Cory Branan, a singer from Memphis (now living in Austin), sung about in a Lucero song, is a compelling stage presence. Dustying up his voice to better suit the narration of the song and playing the shit out of his acoustic guitar, Branan is a little bit country, a little bit rock n’ roll. There weren’t too many people there, but those who were had a good time.

Cory Branan – TT The Bears, Cambridge, MA (10/11/08)

The Revival Tour – Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music) – Tim Barry (Avail) – Ben Nichols (Lucero). The Middle East, Cambridge, MA

So there’s these punkers, right, and usually they’re playing with electric guitars and amps and drums, and then they go on the Revival Tour without their bands and with their acoustic guitars. They bring along a slide guitar player, a stand up bass player, and a fiddle player for support, and then the awesomeness happens. I liked it better when they were all playing together, but then Ben, Tim, and Chuck in that order.

The Revival Tour – Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music) – Tim Barry (Avail) – Ben Nichols (Lucero). The Middle East, Cambridge, MA

Lucero – Boston, MA – Rocks On Boat Cruise

It was terrible weather for a cruise around Boston Harbor, but Lucero is one of my favorite bands and I was on a boat with several of my friends. The sound wasn’t so good, but Lucero is one of my favorite bands and I was on the boat with several of my friends. You couldn’t see the band at all, but Lucero is one of my favorite bands and I was on the boat with several of my friends.

Lucero – Boston, MA – Rocks On Boat Cruise

Lucero, The Middle East, Cambridge, MA

These guys were even better than when we saw them in April, maybe because they used a couple of the opening band’s musicians (pedal steel and keyboards from Bobby Bare Jr (who was great in his own right)). There was less beer throwing this time, but, really, when has that been such a bad thing? At the end, my friend broke up a fight, which is also, not such a bad thing.

Lucero, The Middle East, Cambridge, MA

Black Snake Moan (2006)

Craig Brewer’s successful follow up to Hustle and Flow (and incidentally, Sam Jackson’s follow up to Snakes on a Plane), Black Snake Moan is best described using the words of a reviewer on IMDB.com: “[To those that] know little about Mid-South culture a lot of what goes on may strike some as cartoonish.” I nominate that comment for Understatement of the Decade, though it’s true I know little about Mid-South culture except for what Lucero tells me. A few weeks ago, I derided a performance of Jackson’s, but he was amazing (as was Christina Ricci) in this and I think the bigger issue is his choice of roles.

Black Snake Moan (2006)

Lucero, The Living Room, Providence, RI

Watching Ben Nichols, I was struck by how much he seemed to be influenced by Jawbreaker/Jets to Brazil’s Blake Schwarzenbach – same singing/guitar playing stance, even the same hair. I can’t remember the last time we left the house at 10:30 on a Monday night, but we timed it perfectly and arrived right before Lucero started. That Much Futher West opener, Nights Like These, and The War solo semi-encore were memorable, as was the fact that the bass player seemed to only play during 75% of the music, taking his bass off constantly and walking off the stage on at least two occasions.

Lucero, The Living Room, Providence, RI