Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Ben Nichols is the frontman for the Memphis alt-country band Lucero. Lucero formed in the late '90s and the band has released a half-dozen or so albums since 2001, each drawing praise for the group's gritty, rootsy, and almost punk approach to country-rock and for Nichols' smoky, emotional vocal style. During breaks from Lucero, Nichols began recording more acoustic-based material, and an EP featuring a stripped-down trio of Nichols on acoustic guitar, Rick Steff (Cat Power) on accordion and piano, and Todd Beene (Glossary) on pedal steel and electric guitar appeared under Nichols' name in 2009 from Liberty & Lament Records. Titled The Last Pale Light in the West, the EP's seven songs are all based on characters and situations drawn from Cormac McCarthy's novel Blood Meridian.
Charlie Overbey & The Broken Arrows
Charlie Overbey has been a staple in the Los Angeles Music scene since the early 90's as a musician, a promoter and then spent years as a booking agent.
After the tail end days on the Sunset Strip with Big Bang Babies Charlie drifted back to his punk rock roots and Joined Cowpunk band Custom Made Scare, recorded their debut album with Side One Dummy records which came out immediately following a vacation in federal prison and later played with Deadbolt for many years and then Formed Charlie And The Valentine Killers who toured with David Alan Coe, The Supersuckers and more.
Charlie finally sobered up and started writing what would become the Broken Arrows EP~ The California Kid produced by Charlie and Mixed by Grammy Award Winner Ted Hutt ( Old Crow Medicine Show, Gaslight Anthem, Chuck Ragan, Dropkick Murphys and more) and Paul Kilmister who happens to be the Son of Lemmy.
Some heavy hitters such as Zander Schloss, Steve Soto, Colleen Duffy, Jonah Smith, Jake Margolis and Ted Russell Kamp recorded on the album.
After recording, Charlie then carefully constructed a band of Music Veterans and long time musician Friends that he had always wanted to play with that would be comfortable with heavy touring and would quickly mold into a Band of Brothers.
Jimmy James of The Hangmen, Lead man Dave James of The Superbees, Pedal Steeler Jordan Shapiro of The Supersuckers, Joe Ginsberg of Chuck Ragan and the wind brought in a new Cali arrival from Rhode Island, Drummer Charlie Nicienski.
Bassist Terry Love and Steeler J.C August have stepped in to help out with some of the heavy road work and conflicting schedules.
The band is touring and writing with plans of recording their debut full length LP later in the year with Ted Hutt Producing and Mixing.
It's full steam ahead for this band of LA Music Vets!
Oliver Peck, judge of Ink Master, is an artist whose whole life revolves around tattooing. He began tattooing when he was just 19 years old in his hometown of Dallas, TX and has perfected his precise and traditional tattooing style making him one of the best and well-known ‘old school’ American style artists.
In 2008, Peck tattooed his way into the Guinness Book of World Records when he completed 415 tattoos of the number 13 in a consecutive 24-hour period. He is one of the most traveled tattoo artists on the circuit, tattooing all over Europe including England, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Sweden and Norway and in the Far East, including Japan and Thailand.
Peck is co-owner of Elm Street Tattoo in Dallas, TX and the owner of True Tattoo located in Hollywood, CA.