January 24th, 2009

Wow! Wouldn’t it be cool to have someone base an album on one of your books?

The book is Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian. The band is Lucero. I heard about it on NPR’s Day to Day.

“Ben Nichols, lead singer of the alternative country band Lucero, just released his new solo album, The Last Pale Light in the West. Its songs are based on the book Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy, who also wrote No Country for Old Men and The Road. The novel recounts the adventures of a teenage boy who runs away from home and meets up with the Glanton Gang, a group of outlaws assigned to kill Indians around the Texas-Mexico border in the mid-1800s.”

Read and hear more here. I love the lead singer's scratchy, lived-in voice [full disclosure: although I hope it doesn't come from cigarettes].

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