Lucero’s Nichols Takes A Solo

 

 

The Last Pale Light in
the West mini-LP due Jan. 20, Lucero’s Universal debut scheduled for summer.

By Blurt Staff

 

 

Lucero vocalist-guitarist Ben Nichols will release his solo
debut, a mini-LP called The Last Pale
Light in the West
, on Jan. 20 on the Liberty & Lament/The Rebel Group
label. The news came simultaneously with the announcement that Lucero has
signed to Universal Records, with a studio album scheduled for summer 2009.

 

The Last Pale Light in
the West
was recorded in August with Rick Steff (Cat Power, Lucero) and
Todd Beane (Glossary), and features seven songs inspired by author Cormac
McCarthy’s novel Blood Meridian. The
record “displays Nichols’ signature gravelly voice accompanied by his acoustic
guitar and complimented by Steff’s perfectly placed piano and accordion parts,
as well as Beane’s subtle pedal steel guitar.” Nichols’ has been performing
tracks from the album, along with Lucero favorites, on the Revival Tour with Chuck
Ragan (Hot Water Music) and Tim Barry (AVAIL), as well as Tom Gabel (Against
Me!).

 

More Nichols news, from the press release:

 

…2008 has been a busy
year for Nichols, which has found him exploring and pursuing different artistic
endeavors.  He started it out by
contributing vocals to The Hold Steady’s most recent album,
Stay Positive, and was featured on the first single,
“Sequestered in Memphis” as well as the tracks “Constructive Summer” and
“Magazines.”  Nichols starred in a
leading role for MTV New Media’s upcoming and groundbreaking, online
serial-music drama,
$5 Cover.  Created by filmmaker Craig Brewer (Hustle
& Flow, Black Snake Moan), the series is dedicated to the historic music
scene of Memphis, Tennessee—Nichols’ current hometown—and the lives of young
modern-day artists working to put their twist on the storied musical landscape
created by legendary musicians before them.

 

“Nichols also did a
song for
All Aboard: A Tribute to Johnny Cash where he contributed his take on “Delia’s Gone” to the compilation CD
(out now on Anchorless Records).  All
profits from sales go to the Syrentha Savio Endowment (SSE), a non-profit
organization that provides financial assistance to underprivileged women who
cannot afford the expense of fighting breast cancer.”

 

Tour dates are below.

 

Ben Nichols “New Song” video:

 

 

 

Ben Nichols tour dates:

 

Ben Nichols (Acoustic) Tour Dates

Date City, ST Venue Show Info

10/29/08

Nevada City, NV

Cooper’s Ale Works

235 Commercial Street

Nevada, City, NV

530-265-0116

 

Doors: TBA

Tickets: TBA

 

 

Other Acts:

 

10/30/08

San Francisco, CA

Slim’s

333 Eleventh Street

San Francisco, CA

 

Doors: 7:30 PM

Tickets: $14.00

+ $1.00 Facility Fee

All Ages

 

Other Acts:

Chuck Ragan

Tim Barry

Tom Gabel

10/31/08

Pomona, CA

The Glass House

200 West 2nd Street

Pomona, CA 91766

909-469-5800

Tickets: $12.00 (Adv) / $15.00 (Day of Show)

All Ages

Other Acts:

Chuck Ragan

Tim Barry

Tom Gabel

11/1/08

Hollywood, CA

Knitting Factory -Alterknit Lounge

7021 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA

Doors: 8:00 PM

Tickets: $15.00

All Age

Other Acts:

Chuck Ragan

Tim Barry

Tom Gabel

11/2/08

San Diego, CA

The Casbah

2501 Kettner Blvd.

San Diego, CA

619-232-4355

Doors: 8:30 PM

Tickets: $16.00

Ages: 21+

 

Other Acts:

Chuck Ragan

Tim Barry

Tom Gabel

11/03/08

Las Vegas, NV

Beauty Bar

517 Fremont St

Las Vegas, NV

 

Doors: 9:00 PM

Tickets: $15.00

Ages: 21+

Other Acts:

Tim Barry

Tom Gabel

11/05/08

Tempe, AZ

The Clubhouse

1320 E. Broadway Rd.

Tempe, AZ 85282

480-968-3238

Doors: 7:00 PM

Tickets: $13.00

All Ages

Other Acts:

Chuck Ragan

Tim Barry

Tom Gabel

11/06/08

Albuquerque, NM

Launchpad

618 Central Ave. SW

Albuquerque, NM

505-764-8887

Doors: 8:00 PM

Tickets: $15.00

All Ages

Other Acts:

Chuck Ragan

Tim Barry

Tom Gabel

11/07/08

Lubbock, TX

The Foundation

1718 Avenue E

Lubbock, TX 79412

Doors: 7:00 PM

Tickets: $15.00

Ages: 18+

Other Acts:

Tom Gabel

Tim Barry

 

11/08/08

Dallas, TX

Prophet Bar

3202 Elm St

Dallas, TX 75226

214-742-3667

Doors: 7:00 PM

All Ages

Other Acts:

11/09/08

Austin, TX

Waterloo Park

12th and River Street

Austin, TX 78704

Tickets: $30.00 (Adv) / $50.00 (Day of Show)

All Ages

Other Acts:

Chuck Ragan

Tim Barry

Tom Gabel

11/10/08

Houston, TX

Walter’s on Washington

4215 Washington Avenue

Houston, TX, 77007

Doors: 8:00 PM

Tickets: $12.00 (Adv) / $14.00 (Day of Show)

All Ages

Other Acts:

Chuck Ragan

Tim Barry

Tom Gabel

11/12/08

New Orleans, LA

House of Blues

225 Decatur

Little Rock, AR 72202

Doors: 7:00 PM

Tickets: $12.00 (Adv) / $10.50 (Day of Show)

All Ages

Other Acts:

Chuck Ragan

Tom Gabel

11/13/08

Little Rock, AR

Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom

1300 South Main Street
Little Rock, AR 72202

Tickets: $15.00

Ages 18+

Other Acts:

Chuck Ragan

Tim Barry

Tom Gabel

11/14/08

Memphis, TN

The Hi-Tone

1913 Poplar Ave
Memphis, TN 38104

Tickets: $12.00 (Adv) / $15.00 (Day of Show)

Ages 18+

Other Acts:

Chuck Ragan

Tim Barry

Tom Gabel

11/15/08

Birmingham, AL

Work Play Theater

500 23rd Street South
Birmingham, AL 35233

Tickets: $12.50

All Ages

Other Acts:

Chuck Ragan

Tim Barry

Tom Gabel

 

 

 

For the most current tour dates, check out
www.luceromusic.com or www.myspace.com/lucero.

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