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Friday To-Do: Ben Nichols

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BEN NICHOLS
9 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.

Fresh off a big SXSW shindig in Austin, Lucero's Ben Nichols takes a solo sojourn in his hometown. What's that mean? A little home cooking, seeing some old friends and quality hours at White Water Tavern, where despite touring prolifically, Nichols still manages to be almost a regular. Most of the time he just hangs out, but often he can be goaded into taking the stage. Friday, he plays a scheduled gig — grizzled voice, a guitar and maybe a little help from Memphis' John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives, a foot-tapping honky-tonk outfit. As hardcore Lucero fans know, a Nichols solo show is a chance not only to hear clearly the singer/songwriter's rough hewn, literate lyrics — usually cloaked in the punk-country churn of the band — but also a rare opportunity to catch some of the deeper cuts in Lucero's catalog. And maybe, just maybe, a Red 40 cut?

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