Country-punk straight outta Memphis: Lucero to play the Blue Moose Tap House

Lucero in Tampa, Florida
Lucero performs at the New World Brewery in Tampa, Florida. — photo by Nicole Kibert

Lucero w/ David Zollo

Blue Moose Tap House — Thursday, Sept. 11 at 9 p.m.

Can’t decide between going to the country show or the punk show? Between line-dancing or stage-diving? Get the best of both worlds with Lucero at the Blue Moose Tap House this Thursday, Sept. 11 at 9 p.m.

Call them southern rock, alt-country, rockabilly — it doesn’t matter because Lucero can’t (or shouldn’t) be classified. Punky guitars are complemented with folky horns and the occasional organ or accordion, while their Memphis roots establish an underlying sense of southern comfort.

When frontman Ben Nichols formed the band in 1998, his intention was to make music that would bridge genre gaps and develop an audience of people who wouldn’t normally interact. And given his unique singing style — imagine Kurt Cobain with a country twang — Lucero has achieved just that.

It’s hard to find one song (or even an album) that fans can agree is their “best.” But, according to the band, “the one thing that seems to unify Lucero fans of all kinds is the band’s all-or-nothing live show.” Rightfully so, their “greatest hits” album, the recently released Live From Atlanta, is a four-disc, 32 track compilation of on-stage material — not to mention the improvised jam sessions and fan interaction throughout.

Iowa City favorite David Zollo will perform as the opening act. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show begins at 9 p.m. with a $20 door charge.

By the way, you might recognize this Lucero ballad, entitled “The Last Pale Light in the West,” featured in the hit television series The Walking Dead:

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