As far as they’ve gone, everything comes back to Lucero’s hometown of Memphis. The group started out as an alt-country act that blurred the lines between country, punk, and rock, earning them a diverse fan base and 200 shows a year all across the world.
But the tug of homesickness has crept into their sound in recent years. In 2009, the band put out their major-label debut, 1372 Overton Park–essentially the band’s love letter to Memphis. Referring to a former Elvis karate haunt that the band lived in for years, the record boasted a Memphis-style horn section and more soulful originals that tipped their hats to Stax.
On March 13, Lucero will release their eighth album, Women & Work. Like the River City, it’s a crossroads of genre and style, all pulled together by Lucero’s barroom swagger. “Sometimes” embodies this perfectly, riding a lazy beat and twanging pedal steel while those horns color in the background–around the American songbook and back again in under five minutes.