An interview with Lucero, who play the House of Blues on Thursday


While alt-country rockers haven’t had anything close to a hit over the course of their 15-year career, the guys have relentlessly toured and usually play over 100 dates a year. Their new album, Women & Work, is a great collection of Springsteen-like anthems and country-tinged punk rock. Guitarist Brian Venable spoke via phone from the tour’s first date in Indianapolis. The group plays the House of Blues at 8 p.m. Thursday with the Heavy. Tickets are free but are must be won by listening to 99X or 100.7 FM.

When and where was your first show and what do you remember about it?
I just posted a picture of the flyer on my Instagram account. A friend of mine had a warehouse space and they had bands play all the time. She was on me. She said she was putting us on the show, so we had to play the show. We didn’t even have the name. We were trying to do something with Lucero and we ended up just being Lucero. We wanted it to be something, something Lucero. We played 14 minutes and played second out of three. I had video but the case cracked and I thought it was ruined and threw it away. Every audio visual nerd in the world has tried to kill me since then. I was drunk and nervous but it was fun.

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Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected]
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