Thursday, December 20, 2012

Friday To-Do: Lucero, Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition

Posted By on Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Lucero plays at Revolution Friday night.
  • Lucero plays at Revolution Friday night.

LUCERO, JIMBO MATHUS & THE TRI-STATE COALITION
9 p.m. Revolution. $21 adv., $26 day of.

As has been pointed out by many highly credible sources, Friday is the end of the world because a long time ago some Mayan dudes said it was and carved it into a stone.

For fans of rowdy rock 'n' roll living in or reasonably close to Central Arkansas, here is a great way to spend the last night of existence. Memphis rockers Lucero have, perhaps unsurprisingly, continued their path as absolute road-warrior maniacs, playing approximately 1,286 shows this year (this is only a slight exaggeration).

The band's album "Women & Work" was released back in March on ATO Records (also home to such notables as Drive-By Truckers and My Morning Jacket). Frontman Ben Nichols told Rolling Stone that the band is "in the best spot organizationally that we've ever been. We've never had any delusions about being big-time rock stars. But like my dad says, 'Just get a few more people through the door, sell a few more records.' "

Jimbo Mathus and his crew, The Tri-State Coalition, have a new album called "White Buffalo" coming out Jan. 22 on Fat Possum Records. I had the privilege of giving it a listen, and man, it's a good'n.

Bet they'll be playing some new tunes, hopefully including the eerie "Run Devil Run" (which recalls Mathus' swampy guitar work on the fantastic Buddy Guy album "Sweet Tea") and the glorious "(I Wanna Be Your) Satellite," which makes me think of Jim Mize covering The Replacements.

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