Lucero took the long way around to its Memphis, Tennessee home. Starting out as a Pogues-meets-Drive-By-Truckers outfit — with everything, tattoos included, turned to eleven — Lucero has made its best records in the second half of its career. That run began with the horn-blasting 1372 Overton Park in 2009 and carried through to 2015’s All a Man Should Do. The latter includes some of the band’s most soul-conscious songs, including an unapologetically sentimental cover of Big Star’s “I’m In Love With a Girl” and “My Girl & Me in ’93,” on which grainy-voiced songwriter Ben Nichols distills Southern working-class screw-up poetry into a universally romantic hymn. And lest you doubt, the band can still rock: These dudes will always be country-punks at heart.
Smokey Bandits: Nashville band Banditos opens with a set of blues-country outsider tunes. Think banjo-meets-Hammond-B3-organ with soul-torch vocals.
Watch Lucero perform "Texas & Tennessee" below:
8 p.m. Thursday, July 6. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue. $25 to $30. 314-773-3363.
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