Lucero is an American rock band that began its musical career in Memphis, Tennessee and has been creating music for around two decades. Taking their name from the Spanish words for “bright star,” Lucero blends punk, alternative, blues, soul and country music for a striking sound. The group has received comparisons to a variety of other acts, drawing similarities to bands including the Drive-By Truckers and The Replacements and even acts like Against Me! and Johnny Cash.
Together since the late ‘90s, Lucero has performed on countless tours across the United States and Canada. With elements that are part Americana and part old-fashioned rock and roll, fans with Lucero tickets have been helping the band sell out venues of all shapes and sizes. The group has performed at packed venues and has graced the stage at festivals including Gasparilla, SXSW, Coachella or Stagecoach. The band’s roster still features a core lineup that has remained intact since Lucero’s inception.
With a discography featuring more than 10 full-length albums, fans can expect to enjoy their favorite anthems from every stage of Lucero’s extensive career.
Lucero was formed in 1998 by lead singer and guitarist, Ben Nichols. In interviews, the band has joked that in the beginning, they didn’t know how to properly play their instruments. After a few years of developing their sound, touring and recording, Lucero began to see success with their sophomore album, Tennessee, which they released in 2002.
By the late 2000s, it was evident that the musicianship behind Lucero had evolved. 2009’s 1372 Overton Park boasted a more polished sound and featured a horn section for the first time on a Lucero album. The band continued to evolve with 2012’s Women and Work, which also featured a horn section and incorporated additional musical elements including the pedal steel guitar and a gospel chorus.