John C. Stubblefield of the band Lucero is our guest on the show today. The band released Women and Work this year on ATO Records, joining the ranks of Drive By Truckers and My Morning Jacket. The album is a love letter to their hometown of Memphis, Tennessee; a town seeped in a rich musical history that include Elvis, Stax Records, Sun Records and Jeff Buckley.
According to the bands recent bio on their website:
Women & Work is a love letter from Lucero to its hometown, Memphis, Tennessee. “Having a band in Memphis puts you in a tradition,” says Lucero frontman Ben Nichols. “We started at punk rock shows, not necessarily playing punk rock, but coming from the outside, from a bohemian place.”
The bohemian tradition is just as strong in Memphis as the city’s series of international hits. The popularity of Sun, Stax, Elvis, and Al Green doesn’t diminish the influence of the blues, Jim Dickinson, and Alex Chilton. The bridge between the shadows and the spotlight has become the heart of Lucero: Unafraid to mix pop with their anti-pop, they always charge into new territory.
“Women & Work, their 8th album, is such an exciting presentation of the band’s eclectic explorations that it makes their 14-year meandering path appear to be a straight line to this very record. “We’re more comfortable in our own skin as a band, more comfortable acknowledging regional influences,” says bassist John Stubblefield. “We wound up making a Memphis country soul record.”
John discusses the nature of life on the road with the band as well as life off the road. Other topics include the early days of Lucero and how much the musical culture of Memphis has influenced the band and John himself.
Lucero will be playing July 30, 2012 at Otto’s Night Club in Dekalb, IL GET TICKETS HERE