Lucero Returns To OpenAir, Talks Working At Memphis’ Famous Ardent Studios

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Photo: Lucero Performs At OpenAir
Lucero lounging before a lively OpenAir performance.

Lucero is constantly on tour. The Memphis band played two Denver area shows within three months this year, along with appearances in Aspen and Fort Collins.

The Americana-punk group released its 11th album, "All A Man Should Do," in September and toured this autumn in support of the record. Before a headlining show at Denver's Ogden Theatre, the band stopped in to the CPR Performance Studio for the first time since 2013.

In addition to performing three new songs and an older cut, the band members spoke with Alisha Sweeney about their "accidental trilogy" of recent albums; taking influence from the music of their adolescence; and the influence of Memphis artist Big Star and the city's Ardent Studios.

Read interview highlights and watch video below and stream the full session above.

Frontman Ben Nichols on taking inspiration from his 15-year old self:

"When we were recording this 'All A Man Should Do' record, some of the stuff we were referencing was some of the stuff that I was listening to a lot of when I was 15. 'Under the Milky Way,' by The Church, some Crowded House, some Police.

"If the 15-year-old me would have known I was going to actually get to record a record like that, he would have been pretty excited. It came out the way I wanted it to."

Nichols on covering Big Star with members of the actual band:

"We decided at the last minute ... to do a Big Star cover. We picked 'I'm In Love With A Girl.'

"Jody Stephens, the original drummer from Big Star -- he still works at Ardent actually -- he was around and he was really supportive. We actually got him and the guys in The Posies that play as Big Star now ... to sing backup on it.

"Having Big Star sing backup vocals on your Big Star cover at Ardent in Memphis was pretty huge for us."

Songs performed:

  • "Went Looking For Warren Zevon's Los Angeles"
  • "Can't You Hear Them Howl"
  • "The Man I Was"
  • "That Much Further West"