In a time when country music is beginning to become infused with less traditional styles of music, Lucero is king. Their acclaimed fusion of country and punk has given way to nearly 200 packed tour dates a year and half a dozen or so critically acclaimed albums. Their unique style has also inspired some of the mainstream's hottest acts, including Cage the Elephant and The Avett Brothers. Their 2009 album, 1372 Overton Park, became Lucero's hit major label debut, and while fans wait for the announcement of a new album, they're gearing up for the band's 2011 tour dates.
Lucero was formed in Memphis, TN in 1998 after lead singer and guitarist Ben Nichols' previous band broke up. Lucero performed hundreds of tour dates before being signed and releasing their self-titled, debut album in 2001. The band began to receive widespread recognition after the 2003 release of That Much Further West, but continued to remain a cult favorite until the release of Rebels, Rogues & Sworn Brothers in 2006. The album featured Lucero's most acclaimed balance of punk and country and received acclaimed from a number of major music critics. The group has been on the minds of audiences ever since their major label debut, 1372 Overton Park, in 2009, and has left fans wondering when Lucero's next release will come.
While they wait, fans can catch Lucero as they finish up their 2011 tour dates on the Vans Warped Tour, which ends on August 14. After that, Lucero will continue to perform around the US until October 19, when they'll support Dropkick Murphy's on their tour of Australia. After Lucero's 2011 tour dates end on October 25, they'll probably take a much needed break from touring, so don't miss this opportunity to see them live!
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