WANT TO GO?
With Robert Ellis
WHERE: The V-Club, 741 6th Ave., Huntington
WHEN: 9:30 p.m. Tuesday
INFO: 304-781-0680 or www.vclublive.com
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- If Ben Nichols hadn't gotten his heart broken, there might not have been a rock band called Lucero.
Nichols, who grew up in Little Rock, Ark., said, "I followed a girl to Memphis 15 years ago. We didn't make it, but the band is still together."
He added, regretfully, "There are songs about that. You can listen to them."
Some of them might even get played Tuesday night at the V-Club in Huntington, where the "country-ish" alt-rock band is scheduled to perform.
It's been three busy years since the release of Lucero's critically acclaimed record, "1372 Overton Park," which marked a musical change in direction for the band to a bigger sound.
"We were listening to a lot of Stax Records stuff," Nichols said. "We listened to a lot of Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, and Carla Thomas."
The band chose to embrace the musical history of Memphis by adding more layers and moved from basic rock 'n' roll to more of a wall of sound, with horns, piano and a steel guitar.