Lucero :: Rebels, Rogues & Sworn Brothers

Riding the momentum of last year’s album Nobody’s Darlings and the honestly of the bare-boned, band-on-the-road-documentary Dreaming In America, Lucero is back with possibly their strongest and most consistent listen yet. Produced by David Lowery in his Virginia studio, Rebels, Rogues & Sworn Brothers finds the Lucero camp in full-on Rock mode. Imagine the past two albums spun together with a healthy dose of Darkness On The Edge of Town era Springsteen thrown in for good measure. In a word, the band’s performance here is tight. Added to the usual mix of punked-up Southern rock are further atmospherics — most notable and enjoyable: The addition of the piano and organ.

Nichols lyrics and rough-hewn delivery carry all the heart-on-his-sleeve immediacy as the past releases plus a little something else. Perhaps age and experience has deepened the singer in a way that is manifesting itself both outward and inward. Whatever the case, you can really feel him on this one. Which is high praise as the singer has never had a hard time emoting in the past. Listen below to “I Can Get Us Out of Here Tonight” off the new album.

Note: September 26th is Rebels, Rogues & Sworn Brothers official release date, but if you don’t want to wait the band is issuing digital copies of the album with every pre-order.

MP3: Lucero :: I Can Get Us Out of Here Tonight

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Audio Interview: Ben at Air America Studios on the Rachel Maddow show.
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