So, I love Lucero and all, but why does Ben need a solo project? Isn’t Lucero basically Ben and his band (not meaning to take anything away from the rest of the fellers, but the songs are clearly more “Ben”). This just seems like the inverse of the Jay Farrar/Son Volt personality problem.
Man. Blood Meridian is the best American novel ever written. Your allusion alone made me listen to Ben’s music, and I totally get the connection. Something about violence, longing, fate, and hubris all smooshed together. Wait. Smooshed isn’t the right word. Their coagulate and inky blood rivulets together in the detrital gutter of a wasted America. That’s better.
I disagree with one of the previous posters. I think Brian Venable is a big part of what makes the band great. But yes, Ben is who you go to see.
Lucero played one of the best shows I’ve ever seen, at the Mad Planet in Milwaukee. They rocked the joint for like three hours and played practically everything on Tennessee, which is a head above all their other stuff (though said stuff is still pretty good).
Inexplicably dark and brilliant novel by the greatest living American novelist gets musical treatment from another Tennessean from the opposite side of the state. A really solid choice of songwriting material for a debut solo effort (especially considering McCarthy’s current popularity). The best part of the album is the “don’t blink or you’ll miss” moments underneath Ben’s gravelly voice courtesy of Glossary’s Todd Beene and the ever popular Rick Steff. Haunting, beautiful, then gone like the characters in “Blood Meridian.”
Looking forward to the Lucero New Year’s Eve show in Memphis with Amy LaVere and co, and a new Lucero album this coming summer!