Thu Oct 6 2022

8:00 PM (Doors 6:30 PM)

The Hall

721 West 9th Street Little Rock, AR 72201

$25.00 - $40.00

All Ages

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All tickets on the floor & mezzanine are general admission, standing room only. Limited seating will be available on both the floor & mezzanine on a first come, first served basis.
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Lucero w/ L.A. Edwards

  • Lucero

    Lucero

    Country-Rock

    Like the great river that flows through Memphis, the music of Lucero keeps rolling on, twisting and turning through the years, the same dark and brooding steadiness always at work.

    Since forming in late the ‘90s, this group of Memphis road-dogs has mixed heartfelt lyrics with the sounds of early rock and roll, classic punk, country-folk, and deep-fried Southern soul. It’s a sound that stands on the pillars of American music, born more of feeling than technique, delivered night after night to legions of fans in dive bars and theaters, and on stages as august as Red Rocks Amphitheater and the Ryman. In short, it’s music that is built to last, impervious to trends.

    For their tenth studio album, When You Found Me, the band continues its natural evolution, this time tapping into a more atmospheric, widescreen vision (one that wouldn’t seem out of place on a Reagan-era FM dial) while still staying tethered to its roots.

    “I wanted a very classic rock sound for this album,” says songwriter and frontman Ben Nichols. “I wanted it to sound like stuff I heard on the radio growing up. I didn’t want to make a retro record at all, but I did want to reference some of those sounds and tones and moods. I think we struck a nice balance between nostalgia and something that still sounds like contemporary Lucero.”

    Long-time fans might be surprised to hear the ghostly tinge of a synthesizer on a Lucero record. But the new direction is not as far afield as one might think. Rick Steff, the band’s piano and organ man of ten years, collects vintage synthesizers, so this new sonic twist was a natural detour for him. With these flourishes, Steff helps conjure an aural world of classic tracks with a firm foot in the present. Nichols’s long-time fondness for film soundtracks likely contributed to the album’s feel as well. The band has also recorded music for every movie made by Ben’s brother, acclaimed filmmaker Jeff Nichols, whose credits include Mud, Midnight Special, and Shotgun Stories.

    Lucero recorded When You Found Me over two weeks in July of 2020 at Sam Phillips Recording Studio in Memphis. Matt Ross-Spang, a long-time friend of the band who also produced 2018’s Among The Ghosts, signed on again as producer and engineer. “I don’t think he often records with a lot of synthesizers,” Nichols says, “but he’s a natural and was able to get all the sounds we wanted on the album while making sure we stayed true to ourselves.”

    During the recording session, Lucero wore masks the entire time, quarantining among themselves and managing not to get sick. The band had not rehearsed since Covid-19 took root. As such, Nichols’ demos were more fleshed out this time around, complete with drum machine, synth, and fairly elaborate guitar parts, which gave the guys more of a playbook to go by when they entered the studio. “The band did an excellent job of taking those parts and making them their own,” Nichols says. Now a fairly stripped-down five-piece shorn of a horn section, Lucero — in addition to Nichols and Steff, the group comprises Brian Venable on guitar, John C. Stubblefield on bass, and Roy Berry on drums — has been able to explore new sonic avenues in its latest form, as the leaner version has opened up more space in the band’s sound.

    In its time, Lucero has sung many a tune about whiskey, heartbreak, and loss — constant occupational hazards for a rock and roll band. But four years ago, Nichols became a husband and father, a major shift in his life that found its way into his songwriting. Nichols says his daughter Izzy, now four, is the center of his universe and influences everything he does. But Lucero fans need not worry: family life hasn’t turned Nichols into a more sanitized, “Dad rock”-type; if anything, it’s made him more expansive and ambitious with the pen, without sacrificing any of that characteristic raw edge.

    Family, one of the central themes of When You Found Me, is hardly a new subject for the band. Earlier Lucero albums feature songs about Nichols’ childhood in Arkansas, about his brothers, about his grandfather fighting in World War II (“The War”), about his mother worrying over the fate of her prodigal sons (“Mom”). On a subconscious level, Nichols thinks the new album is about transitioning from being a son into the role of being a husband and father.

    Beginning with the band’s last album, Among The Ghosts, Nichols began writing more third-person, character-driven songs, as opposed to just penning the first-person tales of misadventure that were once the group’s stock in trade. The new record’s opening track, “Have You Lost Your Way,” is a case in point, invoking a mythical world that was inspired by the bedtime stories Nichols had been reading to his daughter. “This is my grown up Lucero-version of a fairytale in a way,” he says. “The protagonist is a young girl and there is something evil chasing her … The song doesn’t say exactly how the story ends, but you know she is going to put up a fight.” The tune is bathed in synthesizer, letting the listener know from the jump that something new is coming down the pike.

    The album’s next track, “Outrun The Moon,” is another tune written from the perspective of a young girl. An avid reader of history and fiction, Nichols says he had the work of Mississippi novelist Larry Brown in mind when he penned it. “Coffin Nails” tells the story of Nichols’ grandfather dealing with the death of his own father, a veteran of World War 1. “I weigh my deeds on my father’s scales” sings Nichols, giving the song a multigenerational arc. “City On Fire,” originally an attempt by Nichols at social commentary when U.S. domestic unrest reached a fever pitch this summer, ended up morphing into a more timeless, apocalyptic number, a grand rock song featuring an explosive drum part by Berry.

    “Pull Me Close Don’t Let Go,” a droning, hypnotic tune, was inspired by words spoken to Nichols by his daughter. The final song on the album, “When You Found Me,” as well as the song “All My Life,” are unabashed love letters to his wife and daughter. The last song is a proper bookend and full-circle moment for a record that begins with a song titled “Have You Lost Your Way.”

    “I’m not sure how much longer I would’ve been around if it wasn’t for my wife and daughter and the family I have now,” Nichols says. “I feel like they saved me, and they keep saving me every day. Izzy likes me to sing “When You Found Me” to her now at bedtime after we read the fairytales. She says, ‘Sing me the I’m gonna be okay song.’”

    As a band, Lucero is doing more than okay; in fact, they’re at a creative high-water mark. In a time of great uncertainty and change, the band continues to persevere and adapt, making music that still means a hell of a lot to a loyal and ever-growing fanbase.

  • L.A. Edwards

    L.A. Edwards

    Pop Vocal

    L.A. Edwards (Luke Andrew Edwards) is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Julian, CA.

    Formed in 2015 as a solo project after his tenure with the Smart Brothers, L.A.E. has recorded and released two studio albums.  Backed by his band of brothers, he has toured extensively in the U.S. and Europe.

    2015’s self-recorded Secrets We’ll Never Know marked L.A.E.'s departure from his traditional folk/acoustic roots to a rock band sound reminiscent of many of his childhood influences (CCR, Jackson Browne, Tom Petty, and the Beach Boys).  Releasing the EP independently, L.A.E. began touring the West Coast with his brother Jerry on drums.  The duo performed in breweries, dive bars, and living rooms from San Diego to Vancouver, Canada while honing their live sound and gathering material for a full length recording.

    L.A.E. returned to the studio in 2017 to record what would become True Blue.  Produced by Ron Blair (bassist of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), L.A.E. cut the album live in Blair’s home studio with his brothers Jay and Jerry.  True Blue expanded on Edwards previous EP, moving him towards a more fully realized, classic rock sound with electric guitars, Hammond B3 organ, and steady backbeats.  The album would produce the singles “Louisiana” and “Leaving Los Angeles.”   Upon the record’s release in April 2018, L.A.E. and his five-piece band toured heavily in the two years to follow, building to larger stages and audiences of sold out festivals and theaters across the US.  The True Blue tour grew to include appearances with the Beach Boys, the White Buffalo, Jefferson Starship, and Amanda Shires, along with sets at Pilgrimage Festival in Nashville and Bumbershoot in Seattle.

    “True Blue is a record I’m proud of. The songs are soulful, the playing was live and fresh! It wasn’t long before Luke was running the show, so I got out of the way. That’s really what a producer does, let other people work, and then take the credit for it! Did I mention, I love these guys...”-Ron Blair, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers    

    The band came off the road in early 2020 to write and record their next album, Blessings From Home, produced by Ryan Hadlock (Lumineers, Vance Joy, Foo Fighters) at legendary Bear Creek Studios in Woodinville, WA.  The album further builds on the band’s expansion into the lush rock sound implemented on True Blue, while returning to the folk roots of L.A.E.’s upbringing and early career.  Backed up once again by brothers Jay and Jerry, L.A.E. also recruited Ron Blair and Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) as his rhythm section.  Blessings From Home is being released in two installments, the first being released in December of 2020 and the second due for release in Spring 2021.        

    “flat out amazing” -No Depression

    “it marries the rock worldliness of Petty with the rootsy warmth and wisdom of Jackson Browne and Neil Young. Luscious Southernite yarns, realised under the West Coast sun” -Classic Rock Magazine

    "lyrical strength and Americana grit" -The Bluegrass Situation

    "the kind of sun-kissed Laurel Canyon sound...songwriting that conjures up images of lazy, hazy days and long, warm summer" -Louder Sound

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Lucero w/ L.A. Edwards

Thu Oct 6 2022 8:00 PM

(Doors 6:30 PM)

The Hall Little Rock AR
Lucero w/ L.A. Edwards

$25.00 - $40.00 All Ages

All tickets on the floor & mezzanine are general admission, standing room only. Limited seating will be available on both the floor & mezzanine on a first come, first served basis.
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This show currently has no COVID safety requirements for attendees. This is subject to change. If this changes we will be sure to update this page as well as notify all ticket buyers via email.

Please correct the information below.

Select ticket quantity.

Complete the security check.

Select Tickets

All Ages
limit 8 per person
Floor
General Admission - Standing Room Only
Floor - Regular
$25.00
Mezzanine
An upgraded experience, general admission ticket that includes: exclusive access to the private mezzanine w/ premium views of the stage, limited first come-first-served-seating, private bar & private restrooms. *Not Wheelchair accessible
Mezzanine - Regular
$40.00

Delivery Method

ticketFast
Will Call

Terms & Conditions

Lineups and times are subject to change. Any ticket suspected of being purchased for the sole purpose of reselling can be canceled at the discretion of Little Rock Hall and/or Ticketweb. Valid government-issued photo ID required for entry to age-restricted events. Tickets available at the door (if not sold out). No re-entry. Physical tickets available at the box office.