Because Songs Matter


While I was away in Boston some news came down the line about one of (if not the)’s very favorite bands, Lucero. Seems that the countless miles in a van and all the sacrifices are actually paying off with a 4 album record deal with Universal/Republic Records.

The first time I saw Lucero live they played in this tiny little bar here in Tampa to about 50 people. Now, they’re selling out shows, not only in our midsize venues but in bigger venues all over the country. It would be easy to play the hater, I knew them back when role, but I could not be any happier for the guys. Here’s to four great albums with the support of a major label behind them. Hell, maybe even heavy-rotation and a “Best New Rock Act” Grammy¬† and if they end up playing stadiums and arenas I won’t go to the shows but I’ll be estatic for the band. Next, let’s all band together to get Two Cow Garage on a major! Good luck boys…..and hopefully y’all won’t get screwed over by the label.

Lucero - Sing Me No Hymns     

Lucero - Slow Dancing     

Lucero - Sad and Lonely     

and fortune continues to smile on the band a Brian (guitarist) and his girl gave birth to Henry Danger Venable Monday morning.


Florida’s shamen of the swamp, JJ Grey and Mofro have returned with their second album on Alligator Records, Orange Blossom. I dunno what it is about this cd but I’ve had one hell of a time being able to write about it. I mean, I like the album quite a bit but I seem to be suffering from some form or writer’s block every time I sit down to write anything about it. The album is 100% Florida. From being recorded here in the state, to the song named after the local Cuban district, Ybor City to being named after the state flower, the Orange Blossom. So, fans of Mofro and hip shaking blues twinged soul sang with a slight drawl alike need to go pick this one up.

JJ Grey and Mofro - Orange Blossoms     

JJ Grey and Mofro - Ybor City     

JJ Grey and Mofro’s Official Site, JJ Grey and Mofro on myspace, Buy Orange Blossom


  1. Oz Oz
    September 18, 2008    

    I think we’re all over the “I knew them when” phase. At this point, I’m rooting on all bands that can make a living and keep doing what they do (unless they are the lost trailers). I wake up in cold sweats thinking that bands I love listening to right now will end up next to me in a cubicle one day.

  2. September 18, 2008    

    no shit.
    If enough bands I am trumpeting actually signed to majors and made it then maybe I could shut off my XM subscription.

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