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Ain't So Lonely

June 11, 2013 - Nicholas Terry
It's been a dreary two consecutive days here in our little corner of Western New York. "Nick, how am I supposed to get over these rainy day blues?" you ask to yourself. Dear reader, I've got a treat for you. It's my go to album when I'm feeling a little down, and I need someone to vent with. Lucero is an alt-country/rock band from Tennessee. They've been around for over a decade, and I will argue have not put out a bad album. They've expanded their sound, but always remained true to their roots. This isn't your grandpa's country, but it's closer to it than what you will hear on any country radio station today. They blend rock and roll, country, blues, and soul to make a sound that is all their own.

As they have grown over the years, they have become more proficient with their instruments, subsequently adding more of them, and sharpening their lyrical prowess. I will harken back to their second album that was released in 2002 entitled, "Tennessee" for this entry. This album is the quintessential Lucero album. It's full of ballads of heartbreak sung by Ben Nichols' whiskey soaked voice. The lyrics come through as daggers to one's heart. The words pierce the listeners flesh and hurt almost as much as one would imagine they hurt to come out of Ben's heart.

The music never overpowers the lyrics, yet provides the necessary accompaniment to tell the stories. The steel guitar on "Slow Dancing" sounds as if someone if weeping as Ben sings about dancing with that someone special. (It was also the first song I danced to with my wife at our wedding) "Nights Like These" is a song of the longing of lost love. Really the whole album is about lost love, but when you're young and in love not much else matters. Ben has a gift with the way he delivers his words, though he's too humble to admit it.

"Now I've only got this one wish, That I was good enough to make you forget The only boy who ever broke your heart, Cause nights like these tear me apart. Beer tastes like blood. My mouth is numb, And I can't make the words I need to say. She had a weakness for writers, and I, I was never that good at words anyways." - From "Nights Like These"

Now one would think this album full of heartbreak would be depressing, and not something you'd want to listen to especially when it's not pleasant outside. The warmness of Ben Nichols' voice makes it seem familiar, like an old friend. The connection you make with these songs is why this I recommend this album. They played their song "Mom" when I first saw them, and I am comfortable enough with myself to say that tears were present as I sang along. It's not from this album, but it's a song that connects you to the music in the way only music can. All their fans have their one song by them that does that. For example, my wife's is "Darby's Song". Hopefully, you give the band a chance and find comfort in their songs as I do.

As always to the right of this page is album artwork and below that is a link to a song. On this blog, like all good websites, everything is no more than three mouse clicks away.


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