I needed some of what singer-songwriter John Moreland would refer to as "God's Medicine" -- a night of literate, acoustic music, people and spectacle.
Lucero is a band of road warriors in the truest sense. Playing 150 to 200 dates a year, the Memphis-based group prides itself as workhorses.
A barrage of merchandise tents, non-profits, stages with unfamiliar faces (and names) and active half-pipes is likely to overwhelm even a veteran Warped fan.
If Lucero's music were a tattoo, it would be a rattlesnake wrapped around a whiskey bottle stamped with a heart broken down the middle. Even when stripped down to acoustic guitar and accordion, the Memphis band's country-scorched rock & roll shines through with punk resilience.