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Lucero Family Block Party 2017

Lucero Family Block Party
Minglewood Hall
Memphis, Tennessee
April 22, 2017
Photos by: Josh Mintz

With threats of severe thunderstorms in the forecast, Lucero held strong to their rain or shine plans for their annual Family Block Party held on Saturday, April 22. While the rain did indeed pound Memphis in the morning, by mid-afternoon when the music started, the precipitation had died down to a not-bad-enough-not-to-go-but-just-enough-to-be-annoying level.

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Lucero celebrate 15th anniversary with EP, shows

Lucero have announced a slew of activities to commemorate their 15th anniversary as a band. In the spring of this year they toured the USA extensively and released an EP, Texas & Tennessee. This summer the band is prepping for their first-ever Amphitheatre headline show: The Lucero Family Picnic at the First Security Amphitheatre in Little Rock, Ark. on August 10. Information and tickets may be found at  http://lucerofamilypicnic.frontgatetickets.com/.

The Lucero Family Picnic, to be hosted by celebrity tattoo artist Oliver Peck, will feature Lucero performing — for the first time ever — one of their all-time fan-favorite albums, Tennessee, from start to finish, including “Darby’s Song,” a highly emotional tribute to a friend that the band has not performed in nearly 10 years. “The long-out-of-print Tennessee will be re-pressed for the event (limited to 500 for sale at the concert). In addition to presenting Tennessee in its entirety, the band will play another set of Lucero classics. Also on this festival-styled Family Picnic: “Queen of Rock” Wanda Jackson, who reemerged into mainstream consciousness with her 2011 collaboration with Jack White, The Party Ain’t Over; Little Rock favorite John Moreland; and Brian’s father, Guy Venable.

In addition to the wide array of musical fare the Family Picnic will feature a variety of non-musical options, including a Q&A with Little Rock native Jeff Nichols (brother of Lucero singer Ben Nichols), who recently wrote and directed the award-winning film Mud. Peck (of Spike TV’s Ink Master and owner of Dallas’ award-winning Elm Street Tattoo) will not only host the event but will tattoo a few fans with the classic Lucero “L” logo (a badge of honor among countless Lucero die-hards). Local skate team ThEnjoyLife are on tap to perform tricks for the audience, and an exclusive skateboard deck featuring Family Picnic artwork will be available for sale. In addition, one lucky fan will win a signed Fender guitar.

As if the Family Picnic were not enough to keep the band occupied this summer, Lucero have also announced a return to Europe to support U.K. folk sensation Frank Turner in September, the second tour of Europe within the last 12 months (dates below).

Lucero is widely considered one of the hardest-working bands in music today. For 15 years the group has toured consistently, playing up to 200 shows per year, and has grown from its roots as four-piece country-influenced punk band into a full-fledged Memphis-soul outfit featuring pedal steel, keyboards, accordion, and a horn section.

Ben Nichols says of Texas & Tennessee, “Cody Dickinson and John C (Stubblefield) had been talking for a while about getting us back down to the Zebra Ranch barn and recording some stuff. We recorded the self-titled record and Tennessee down there with Cody way back in the old days, and we thought it would be fun to work together again. At first we thought we might do some covers or acoustic versions of some old Lucero songs, but as luck would have it, my heart was getting broken around the same time . . . and so I ended up writing three new songs. So we went down there and recorded live and, in under two days, ended up with a really fun four-song EP called Texas & Tennessee. It was almost worth the heartbreak.”

 

TOUR DATES

USA
7/12  FORT COLLINS, CO  Aggie Theater
7/13  BOULDER, CO  Chautauqua Auditorium
7/1   COLORADO SPRINGS, CO Black Sheep
8/8   ST. LOUIS, MO  Open Highway Festival
8/10  LITTLE ROCK, AR  Lucero Family Picnic at First Security Amphitheatre

Europe

9/3  NIJMEGEN, HOLLAND  Doornroosje
9/4  GRONINGEN, HOLLAND  Oosterpoort
9/5  DORTMUND, GERMANY  FZW
9/6  BREMEN, GERMANY  Schlachthof
9/8  BERLIN, GERMANY  Huxley’s
9/9  HAMBURG, GERMANY Grosse Freigheit
9/10  HANOVER, GERMANY  Faust
9/11  WIESBADEN, GERMANY  Schlacthof
9/12  MUNICH, GERMANY  Backstage Werk
9/14  LINDAU, GERMANY  Club Vauderville
9/15  GRAZ, AUSTRIA  Kasematten
9/16  VIENNA, AUSTRIA  Arena
9/17  LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND  Les Docks
9/19  STUTTGART, GERMANY  Longhorn
9/20  COLOGNE, GERMANY  E-Werk
9/21  ESCH-SUR-ALZETTE, LUXEMBOURG Rockhal
9/22  EINDHOVEN, HOLLAND  Effenaa

Sons of Mudboy a family affair

Sons of Mudboy
1884 Lounge
Memphis, Tennessee
May 29, 2013

Luther Dickinson stood at the front of the stage, drenched in sweat, microphone in one hand and the other cocked back to accentuate the lyrics he was delivering like the deftest of MCs. It was towards the end of yet another marathon Wednesday night set by the Sons of Mudboy, and Dickinson had the crowd in the palm of his hand. That’s what the residency has turned into; two months into their weekly gig at 1884 Lounge in Minglewood Hall, the band is ever-changing, but one thing remains the same: the friends, family, and neighbors that faithfully arrive each week know that anything and everything can happen.

_MG_8190-BDickinson is the de facto leader of the band whose line-up is always in flux. Depending on who’s available, on any given night the entire roster can and will change. As May came to a close, the group that kicked off the evening included the actual sons of Mudboy & the Neutrons: Luther and Cody Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars, Black Crowes, etc.), son of Jim Dickinson; Ben Baker, son of Lee Baker, and Steve Selvidge (the Hold Steady, Big Ass Truck), son of Sid Selvidge. The band was joined by original Neutron Jimmy Crosthwait, drummer Robert Barnett (Big Ass Truck), Paul Taylor (the Merry Mobile and others), and George Sluppick (Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Mofro). Seemingly everyone on stage had a connection to one another, be it blood or musically.

It’s been a ride watching the band develop over the past two months. While they have played together for decades, to watch a band literally sprout on stage over the course of time has been a treat. The band can seemingly play anything and everything, and the first set started with the bluesy intro jam, which was followed with by the folksy, shuffling “John Henry > Judge Bouche.”

One of the intriguing features of the band is their versatility – the ability of nearly everyone on stage to swap instruments at any time. So, while Luther is by trade a guitar player – it has always been his instrument of choice be it with the Allstars or while he was with the Black Crowes – he started the show on bass but over the course of the show also played guitar and keyboards. Likewise, Taylor moved from guitar to drums to bass with little to no loss in play quality.

The addition of Sluppick for the night brought an added element to the line-up. One, he’s a damn fine drummer, Chris Robinson wouldn’t have tapped him for his band otherwise. Two it allowed allowed for Taylor to spend a little more time on bass and guitar.

This musical dexterity was on display during the finest moment of the first set, “Codine.” During this Buffy Sainte-Marie tune that Jim Dickinson had in his rotation, Luther laid down a steady bass line while Taylor unleashed a furious guitar solo. Jim Dickinson’s version of the tune had an edge to it, but the Sons’ version is spacey in an Allman-esque way. And, with two drummers on stage and dual guitars, it took on that tone exponentially.

_MG_8440-BThe second set opened with more players on stage. With the addition of local saxophone players Jim Spake and Art Edmaiston (Mofro) and bass player John Stubblefield (Lucero), there were 11 people crammed onto the tiny 1884 Lounge stage. The collective started with the soul of Wilson Picket’s “Land of 1000 Dances,”  segued into Jr. Walker’s “Shotgun,” and it eventually evolved into a gritty take on the Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows.”

The transition into the song seemed a tad disjointed as they went from one tempo into something completely different, but that’s kinda expected given there were nearly a dozen people on stage, some of whom had probably never played together. Accentuated by the haunting saxophones and reverb-drenched guitar from Selvidge, Luther delivered the lyrics with a growl. As the jam progressed the band settled into a nice pocket, and Luther broke out the slide to deliver one of his trademark solos. The band’s eventual transition back into “Shotgun” was a much smoother affair.

The band genre-jumped again to close the show, going from the Beastie Boys’ “Mark on the Bus” into a jam that touched on Sly & the Family Stone’s  “I Want to Take You Higher,” with Taylor laying down some downright funky bass lines.

As the show came to a close, it was evident that there’s true musical chemistry between the core members of the group. There are some connections that take years and years to nuture and some that are instantaneous, and each Wednesday, the Sons of Mudboy seem to display both.

Click on the thumbnail(s) to view photos from the show by Josh Mintz

Mucklewain marks the return of grass-roots festivals

 

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Mucklewain Southern Music Festival 
Pinewood, Tennessee
September 28-29, 2007

There has been much talk about the demise of the concert industry in recent years.  Large shed venues have had major drops in ticket sales, and some have even closed their doors.  Many credit skyrocketing ticket prices and vendor gouging as a large part of the problem.  It is hard to get your money’s worth with $175-$200 festival tickets and eight dollar beers.  However, with hard-working festivals like Mucklewain doing poorly at the box office despite offering up stellar lineups, bargain basement admission and a BYOB policy, perhaps there are just a lack of intelligent listeners.

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