The Last Pale Light in the West

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The Last Pale Light in the West
Ben Nichols - The Last Pale Light in the West.jpg
Studio album by Ben Nichols
Released January 20, 2009
Genre Alt. Country
Label Liberty & Lament
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[1]

The Last Pale Light in the West is the first solo album by Ben Nichols of Lucero with Rick Steff (Lucero, Cat Power) and Todd Beene (Glossary) released on Lucero's label Liberty & Lament and The Rebel Group in 2009. It is a seven-song concept album inspired by Cormac McCarthy's book Blood Meridian with each song based on characters and situations drawn from the novel.[2][3][4] The album was recorded with Rick Steff on piano and accordion and Todd Beane on pedal steel.[5]

On November 17, 2013, the title song from the album was featured in the episode "Live Bait" of the AMC series The Walking Dead.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Last Pale Light in the West" - 2:48
  2. "The Kid" - 5:32
  3. "Davy Brown" - 3:21
  4. "Chambers" - 4:45
  5. "Tobin" - 3:06
  6. "Toadvine" - 4:31
  7. "The Judge" - 2:57


  1. ^ Rivera, David (2009-01-13). "Album Review: Ben Nichols - 'The Last Pale Light In the West'". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  2. ^ Leggett, Steve. "Ben Nichols - Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  3. ^ "Lucero's Ben Nichols Plays 'Blood Meridian'". NPR. 2009-01-16. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  4. ^ "Track By Track: Ben Nichols of Lucero". Alternative Press. 2009-01-20. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  5. ^ "The Last Pale Light In The West: Music". Retrieved 2013-08-08.