Alt-country rockers Lucero have returned for their first album in three years, 1372 Overton Park, and not only is the upcoming release the band’s sixth record overall, but it will also be its major label debut. The album will be out in stores on October 6th via Universal/Republic Records.
According to a press release, 1372 Overton Park moves further towards the Memphis soul that has slightly influenced the group’s records up to this point. Produced by Ted Hutt of The Gaslight Anthem, the title works as a dedication to the loft in Memphis where all the band members lived at one time It was also the home to some of the recording sessions for 2003’s That Much Further West.
The soul music of Memphis heavily influenced this album, making the record almost a tribute to the city. Lead singer and guitarist Ben Nichols said, “When [saxophonist] Jim Spake put that first horn track down, we began thinking of the record as having a certain sound. We heard pieces of Memphis history being played over our songs and it floored us and we just went with it.
Lucero will hit the road in the U.S. this fall in support of 1372 Overton Park. The band is also streaming one of the album’s tracks, “The Devil and Maggie Chascarillo”, on its official website.
Lucero 2009 Tour Dates:
08/15 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
08/16 – Chicago, IL @ Green Fest
09/11 – Kansas City, MO @ The Crossroads
09/17 – Urbana, IL @ Pygmalion Music Festival
09/18 – Ferndale, MI @ DIY Street Fair
09/19 – Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe