(At least 2 years ago, maybe 3) About ten of us went to karaoke in one of those private karaoke rooms you can rent for someone's birthday. I hadn't heard of Cory Branan the singer until I asked my friend of a friend if he happened to sing for a living. It couldn't be possible that this guy was just really good at karaoke. He told me he did, and that he was in town to play Letterman and Mercury Lounge. After karaoke I told him I'd check out the show at "the Merc," but I never did.

(starstruck) I followed his career for a few weeks. Then I mostly forgot about it. Then I heard his name in a Lucero song. Ends up they're friends. I was a fan of Lucero's last album, though I didn't love them live when they opened for the Weakerthans @ Bowery Ballroom.

Lucero & Cory Branan play Bowery Ballroom in NYC on June 7th, 2005. All tour dates here.

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