Thanks for the submission, Darianne!
I first started listening to Lucero when I was 13. I lived with my father and we would stay up all night listening to them and learning their songs on guitar. A year later my father passed away unexpectedly and I leaned on their music to help me cope (Still do, actually). Especially ‘Darby’s Song’. I went to see their concert back in February for my 18th birthday. After Lucero played, I went to leave and ran into Ben Nichols. I was so happy and excited, but wanted to cry at the same time. It meant so much to me to see them perform and to meet him. I only spoke to him for a moment to get a picture and an autograph, but it was a special moment for me and made me miss my dad so much. I definitely will not forget that night. 

Thanks for the submission, Darianne!

I first started listening to Lucero when I was 13. I lived with my father and we would stay up all night listening to them and learning their songs on guitar. A year later my father passed away unexpectedly and I leaned on their music to help me cope (Still do, actually). Especially ‘Darby’s Song’. I went to see their concert back in February for my 18th birthday. After Lucero played, I went to leave and ran into Ben Nichols. I was so happy and excited, but wanted to cry at the same time. It meant so much to me to see them perform and to meet him. I only spoke to him for a moment to get a picture and an autograph, but it was a special moment for me and made me miss my dad so much. I definitely will not forget that night. 

Here it is, y’all! The DearBen Nichols 3rd Anniversary FACEBOOK Giveaway featuring Lucero and Big Shoals!

FROM BIG SHOALS (www.bigshoals.bandcamp.com):
- An autographed copy of their new record, Still Go On, on CD (Watch the video of “Skipping Stones” here: http://bit.ly/1evaF06)
- Sticker

FROM LUCERO (www.luceromusic.com)
- Autographed (by the whole band!) Lucero handbill
- Hat
- Stickers

ALSO FEATURING SURPRISE ITEMS FROM:
Ajax Diner Book Club
Country Fried Rock
Ninebullets Radio
Nine Bullets AND/OR
W.B. Walker’s Old Soul Radio Show !

TO ENTER, YOU *MUST* DO THESE THREE THINGS (I WILL CHECK!):
- SHARE this post
- LIKE Lucero’s Page: www.facebook.com/Lucero
- LIKE Big Shoals’ Page: www.facebook.com/BigShoals

BONUS ENTRIES:
- FOLLOW Big Shoals on Twitter: www.twitter.com/bigshoalsband
- FOLLOW Lucero on Twitter: www.twitter.com/luceromusic
- LIKE *any* one or all of the Pages from the “SURPRISE ITEMS” category
- FRIEND or FOLLOW DearBen Nichols

RULES AND STUFF:
Contest runs from now till 9 a.m. EST Tues., April 22nd, 2014. You may SHARE this post as many times as you want. A random winner will be chosen and contacted on 4/22/14 via Facebook Private Message, so be sure to log in that day to see if you’ve won! You will have 24 hours from the time I message you to respond with your name and address. Otherwise, I will choose and contact a new winner.

GOOD LUCK, Y’ALL!

emptybottlesandbrokensouls:

Empty Bottles And Broken Souls is the new FYACB. The name was holding back the direction I’m headed in. I’m still the guy who does all the posts and music quality will NEVER be compromised. So give us a follow at:
http://emptybottlesandbrokensouls.tumblr.com/
Much love and hope you all make the jump!
http://emptybottlesandbrokensouls.tumblr.com/

Head’s up, folks!

emptybottlesandbrokensouls:

Empty Bottles And Broken Souls is the new FYACB. The name was holding back the direction I’m headed in. I’m still the guy who does all the posts and music quality will NEVER be compromised. So give us a follow at:

http://emptybottlesandbrokensouls.tumblr.com/

Much love and hope you all make the jump!

http://emptybottlesandbrokensouls.tumblr.com/

Head’s up, folks!

DBN needs a Volunteer* Assistant (NOT a Contributor, just to clarify). If you’re reliable, work well independently (with minimal supervision), and have an in-depth familiarity with Tumblr (at which www.dearbennichols.com is hosted), hit me, Michelle Evans (in case there’s any confusion, lol), up at dearbennichols@gmail.com expressing interest and with any questions. Please don’t comment or message me here. I haz enoughs to do here. lolAlso, and most importantly, MUST LOVE Lucero!!!*I don’t get paid, either. Sorry. 

DBN needs a Volunteer* Assistant (NOT a Contributor, just to clarify). If you’re reliable, work well independently (with minimal supervision), and have an in-depth familiarity with Tumblr (at which www.dearbennichols.com is hosted), hit me, Michelle Evans (in case there’s any confusion, lol), up at dearbennichols@gmail.com expressing interest and with any questions. Please don’t comment or message me here. I haz enoughs to do here. lol

Also, and most importantly, MUST LOVE Lucero!!!

*I don’t get paid, either. Sorry. 

An Open Letter to Ben and Lucero from Ashley:

Dear Lucero / Ben,

I spent almost 7 years in the Army, and your music helped me get through all the bullshit especially in Iraq and Korea. From the bottom of my soul Thank you for making music because yours has kept me alive. There were times I felt completely empty, but then I found your music and I actually felt happiness listening to Lucero. I don’t care if I sound like a cliche. It is what it is. THANK YOU.

fuckyeahaltcountryboys:

If you are listening to this kind of music and are okay with it, this post is not for you. 
Actually, yes it is.
It may not feel that way, but you need to hear it. This guy, and the likes of him, are the musical equivalent of a mullet. If you listen to shit like this, then in my mind, you have a mullet. A hideous mullet. One you are probably proud of. Hell, maybe you even have a special wooden brush you carry in your back pocket to get that fat wave in the sides of it. Maybe you even named your mullet? Who knows? As a friend, it’s my civic duty to tell you to lose that mullet. It’s a bad look. You know who likes mullets? Other people with mullets. Same applies here y’all.
Anyway, substance. Mr. Bryan and his commercial cohorts lack substance. Maybe they donate their time and contribute to local organizations. In which case, I applaud them. Musically? No way. You can’t convince me otherwise. They have nothing of substance to their music. They are as deep as a skeeter’s peter in a whale’s vagina. These people are polluting our airwaves and are being force fed to you by a suit. A suit who only cares about selling cheese to a misinformed people. Misinformed? Yeah, a bit. How many of you are aware that there is real music with substance? With soul, hurt, anger, joy, storytelling power out there? I’d venture to say not many, if this guy, and the likes, are your “go-to” musicians.
To anyone who knows better, this does not apply to you. Also, I love you all for being able to seek out quality and not settle. 
When people are getting rich singing about cheese-dick-bubblegum-shit with no substance, enough already. You deserve better. Your mind deserves better. Your soul deserves better. Real musicians deserve better. This is not country music. This is pop music with a fiddle and steel guitar, maybe a banjo and mandolin. And it is barely music. It’s about as country, as Lil’ Wayne is to real hip-hop. Not at all. Lyricists with no lyrics. All fluff, no nut, plain and simple. 
Make 2014 the year this shit stops. Give yourself something better. Seek out places to get real music. Stop buying this shit because you think it’s the only thing there is. It isn’t. I promise you that. There are musicians who have voices that deserve to be heard out there. Musicians who write their own music. Who share real things that in turn make you feel real shit inside of you. If this hurts your feelings, it’s what I believe and I’m not sorry for saying it. It needs to be said. More people need to say it. Seek out good music. Don’t dig my blog? I’ll recommend some other great people who have blogs. But FYACB, they don’t play good music on my local station! Guess what? They don’t on mine either! There are great podcasts and internet radio streams out there. Send me a message, I’ll respond back and point you to them.
Let’s have meaning and not be hollow. And for the love of whatever you love, not another fucking truck song. Please.
Please reblog this too!

I think my fellow Lucero fans will appreciate this post!

fuckyeahaltcountryboys:

If you are listening to this kind of music and are okay with it, this post is not for you. 

Actually, yes it is.

It may not feel that way, but you need to hear it. This guy, and the likes of him, are the musical equivalent of a mullet. If you listen to shit like this, then in my mind, you have a mullet. A hideous mullet. One you are probably proud of. Hell, maybe you even have a special wooden brush you carry in your back pocket to get that fat wave in the sides of it. Maybe you even named your mullet? Who knows? As a friend, it’s my civic duty to tell you to lose that mullet. It’s a bad look. You know who likes mullets? Other people with mullets. Same applies here y’all.

Anyway, substance. Mr. Bryan and his commercial cohorts lack substance. Maybe they donate their time and contribute to local organizations. In which case, I applaud them. Musically? No way. You can’t convince me otherwise. They have nothing of substance to their music. They are as deep as a skeeter’s peter in a whale’s vagina. These people are polluting our airwaves and are being force fed to you by a suit. A suit who only cares about selling cheese to a misinformed people. Misinformed? Yeah, a bit. How many of you are aware that there is real music with substance? With soul, hurt, anger, joy, storytelling power out there? I’d venture to say not many, if this guy, and the likes, are your “go-to” musicians.

To anyone who knows better, this does not apply to you. Also, I love you all for being able to seek out quality and not settle. 

When people are getting rich singing about cheese-dick-bubblegum-shit with no substance, enough already. You deserve better. Your mind deserves better. Your soul deserves better. Real musicians deserve better. This is not country music. This is pop music with a fiddle and steel guitar, maybe a banjo and mandolin. And it is barely music. It’s about as country, as Lil’ Wayne is to real hip-hop. Not at all. Lyricists with no lyrics. All fluff, no nut, plain and simple. 

Make 2014 the year this shit stops. Give yourself something better. Seek out places to get real music. Stop buying this shit because you think it’s the only thing there is. It isn’t. I promise you that. There are musicians who have voices that deserve to be heard out there. Musicians who write their own music. Who share real things that in turn make you feel real shit inside of you. If this hurts your feelings, it’s what I believe and I’m not sorry for saying it. It needs to be said. More people need to say it. Seek out good music. Don’t dig my blog? I’ll recommend some other great people who have blogs. But FYACB, they don’t play good music on my local station! Guess what? They don’t on mine either! There are great podcasts and internet radio streams out there. Send me a message, I’ll respond back and point you to them.

Let’s have meaning and not be hollow. And for the love of whatever you love, not another fucking truck song. Please.

Please reblog this too!

I think my fellow Lucero fans will appreciate this post!

Do y’all know about the Lucero/Matt Woods giveaway over at the DBN Facebook?

Here’s what you can win:

FROM MATT WOODS (www.therealmattwoods.com):
- “Deadman’s Blues” 7” EP (Video: http://bit.ly/1gW7jR3)
- His last record, Manifesto, on CD
- Sticker and pin

FROM LUCERO (www.luceromusic.com):
- Autographed (by the whole band!) “denim vest” tour poster (actual pic of item above)
- Tote bag designed by Bryn Perrott (who designed the Texas & Tennessee EP cover) 
- A sticker and a hat
- One surprise item from Lucero Ground Central!

TO ENTER, YOU *MUST* DO THESE THREE THINGS (I WILL CHECK!):
- SHARE this post
- LIKE Lucero's Page 
- LIKE Matt Woods' Page 

BONUS ENTRIES:
- FOLLOW Matt Woods on Twitter: www.twitter.com/realmattwoods
- FOLLOW Lucero on Twitter: www.twitter.com/luceromusic
- LIKE Bryn Perrott's Page 
- FRIEND or FOLLOW DearBen Nichols 

RULES AND STUFF:
Contest runs from now till 9 a.m. EST Fri., Jan. 17th, 2014. You may SHARE this post as many times as you want. A random winner will be chosen and contacted on 1/17/14 via Facebook Private Message, so be sure to log in that day to see if you’ve won! You will have 24 hours from the time I message you to respond with your name and address. Otherwise, I will choose and contact a new winner.

GOOD LUCK, Y’ALL!