Ben Nichols, lead singer of Lucero, will be releasing his first solo record The Last Pale Light In The West in early 2009. The album is an acoustic piece inspired by the book Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy and it would make Wilie Nelson proud.‚ It’s the perfect soundtrack for a western movie, where outlaws outrun the law on horseback through wind and rain. Nowhere is that them more apparent than on my favorite track, “The Kid”:
We killed in the desert we killed in the streets.
We chose what shall and what shall not be.
We stood with pistols fought back to back.
Now you’ve stood you’re ground but what ground is that?
Other favorites on the album are the title track, “Chambers,” and “Toadvine.” The album is way too short, clocking in at just 7 songs including the instrumental track”The Judge,” but it’s definitely worth the purchase. The stripped down songs allow you to focus on how talented Nichols really is as a songwriter, evident on “Last Pale Light In The West”:
In my hands I hold the ashes
In my veins black pitch runs
In my chest the fire catches
In my way a setting sun
Dark clouds gather round me
To the West my soul is bound
But I will go on ahead free
There is a light yet to be found
The last pale light in the west.
The album is available from the Lucero website right now and there’s a‚ CD + limited edition American Apparel tee package available for the die-hards. After you buy, you’ll get a link to download the album instantly. Well worth the purchase.