Lucero - Should've Learned by Now

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Lucero, 'Should've Learned by Now'

The new album from Lucero, 'Should've Learned by Now' will be available February 24 from Liberty and Lament Records, Produced by Matt Ross-Spang (John Prine, Jason Isbell, Margo Price)

"We were on tour in Georgia and a hurricane was coming through. Someone asked where our next show was and we said 'Macon, if we make it.' I was aiming for a song kind of like Husker Du’s 'Dead Set on Destruction.' I don’t think I hit that mark but the song is fun to play and sing. It also has a kind of Violent Femmes vibe that I like. Their stuff was some of the first songs I learned to play on bass when I was 12 or 13 years old." - Lucero's Ben Nichols

It would be difficult to find a band that is more self-aware than longtime touring band Lucero. Since forming in Memphis in the late 90’s, Lucero’s base musical hallmarks have remained similar to the band’s initial sound established with their first record The Attic Tapes. In the history of their expansive discography, Lucero has evolved and embraced everything from southern rock to Stax-inspired Memphis soul, whilst simultaneously maintaining their distinctive sonic foundations. Years later, dedicated fans of the group still flock to hear the band’s punchy driving rhythms, punk-rooted guitar licks, and lyrics that evoke the whiskey drenched sentimentality of Americana singer-songwriters.

For their twelfth record, Should’ve Learned by Now, Lucero drewon a lot of work from their past. Literally. By adapting songs and guitar parts that had been left over from the group’s previous two albums, Lucero was able to construct one of its most comprehensive works to date.

“I had a particular sound I was looking for on each record and there was no room for any goofy rock & roll or cute witticisms or even simply upbeat songs.” Said primary lyricist and frontman, Ben Nichols. “But now finally, it was time to revisit all of that stuff and get it out in the world. That’s how we got to the appropriately-for-us-titled album Should’ve Learned by Now. The album is basically about how we know we are fuckups and I guess we are ok with that.”

Produced by Grammy Award-winning engineer, Matt Ross-Spang, the album is a punchy, rock and roll record that utilizes the more mature production stylings the group developed over time, and combines it with the first-person introspectiveness that the band is known and loved for.

From its original Ben Nichols-designed cover art to its credits, the album is a reflection of a band that knows itself. Should’ve Learned by Now bridges the gap musically between “old Lucero” and “new Lucero” in a manner which affixes the band’s position as the perfect intersection of punk initiative with hard-earned artistry. It’s an album that recognizes the past in its sound and content, but leaves the door wide open to the future and for the lessons still in store.

Today, Memphis rock/alt-country band Lucero share the new single “Macon If We Make It” from their new album Should’ve Learned by Now, available on February 24 via Liberty & Lament/Thirty Tigers. The band’s 12th studio release finds them once again teaming up with producer and Grammy Award-winning engineer/mixer, Matt Ross-Spang (John Prine, Jason Isbell, Margo Price).

Led by the gravelly voice of singer/songwriter Ben Nichols, Lucero also features original members Brian Venable on guitar, Roy Berry on drums, John C. Stubblefield on bass and Rick Steff on keys. The group of Memphis road-dogs has maintained a large and dedicated fanbase for over 20 years, delivering a rowdy and communal live experience that is equally as exhilarating in a dive bar as it is in amphitheaters.

Lucero Upcoming Tour Dates


JAN 21 - Westerns & Whiskey Weekend - Estes Park, CO 

JAN 26 - The Mill & Mine - Knoxville, TN

JAN 27 - The Burl - Lexington, KY

JAN 28 - Headliners Music Hall - Louisville, KY

JAN 29 - Hi-Fi - Indianapolis, IN

JAN 31 - Harvester Performance Center - Rocky Mount, VA

FEB 1 - Bunker Brewpub - Virginia Beach, VA

FEB 2 - Lincoln Theatre - Raleigh, NC+

FEB 3 - Neighborhood Theatre - Charlotte, NC

FEB 4 - Intuition Ale Works - Jacksonville, FL

FEB 5 - The Social - Orlando, FL

FEB 7 - Floridian Social Club - St. Petersburg, FL

FEB 8 - High Dive - Gainesville, FL

FEB 9 - Vinyl Music Hall - Pensacola, FL

FEB 10 - Tipitina's - New Orleans, LA

FEB 11 - Hub City Brewing - Jackson, TN

FEB 24 - Hernando's Hide-A-Way - Memphis, TN 

FEB 25 - The End - Nashville, TN

MAR 26 - Kith & Kin Music Festival - Rancho Cordova, CA

MAY 19 - Ride the Tide Music Festival at The Caverns - Pelham, TN

JUN 17 - Azkena Rock Festival - Vitoria-Gasteiz, PV


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