Background Information
Origin Memphis, Tennessee
Genre Alt. Country
Southern Rock
Punk Rock
Years active 1998-present
Label(s) Universal Music Group (2008 - 2010)
Liberty & Lament
Madjack Records
Soul is Cheap
Love Lost
Thick Syrup
Associated Acts A Town Too Small
Lucky Old Son
The Paper Hearts
Red 40
The Simple Ones
Vegas Thunder
The Honorary Title
The Hold Steady
Ben Nichols
Brian Venable
John C. Stubblefield
Roy Berry
Rick Steff
Todd Beene
Former Members
Shane Callaway
Jeremy Freeze
Steve Selvidge
Todd Gill

Lucero is an American punk/Texas Country infused rock band that is based in Memphis, Tennessee.


Lucero's punk rock roots flavor their now "country-ish" music, while their Southern roots give them the twang that they have come to be known by. They had their start in Memphis, TN. The band played for the first time in early 1998. Since 2001, they have played between 150 and 200 shows a year across the United States and Canada. They have released six full length albums.

The members of Lucero are Roy Berry (drums), John C. Stubblefield (bass), Brian Venable (guitar), and Ben Nichols (guitar and vocals), Rick Steff (piano, organ, accordion), and occasionally Todd Beene (pedal steel). Todd Gill substituted for Brian Venable from 2003 to 2004. The band also experimented with guitarist Steve Selvidge in the early months of 2003. Ben Nichols' previous band was Red 40 in which he played alongside Colin Brooks and Steve Kooms.

In late 2008 the band announced they had signed a 4 album deal with Universal Music Group. Their latest album, 1372 Overton Park, was released October 6, 2009 and was the first Lucero album to feature a horns section.

The Last Pale Light in the West, the first solo release from frontman Ben Nichols, was released in January 2009 on the band's own label Liberty & Lament. The 7 song record was inspired by Cormac McCarthy's book Blood Meridian.

Nichols co-stars in MTV's $5 Cover, a Craig Brewer-produced quasi-fictionalized series about the Memphis music scene that started in May 2009. A performance of Lucero's song "San Francisco" at the Young Avenue Deli in Memphis is featured in the trailer for the series.


Demo TapesEdit

  • self-titled demo (1998)


  • My Best Girl Landmark Records (2000)
  • Split w/ Loggia Soul is Cheap (2004)


Compilation appearancesEdit

  • Thick Syrup Records - Thick Syrup Records (2007)
  • Atticus: Dragging the Lake 3 - SideOneDummy Records (2005)


Bright Stars on Lonesome Nights
Dreaming In America

External linksEdit

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