The band formed its own label, Liberty & Lament, through a deal with East West and worked on its next album with famed musician/producer Jim Dickinson. Released in spring of 2005, Nobody's Darlings featured the most Southern-fried sounds from the band yet. Mixing archival footage along with footage shot during the recording of the album, Goldman premiered his Lucero documentary Dreaming in America in September of 2005. A month later the film was released on DVD and CD/DVD featuring 13 rare live bonus tracks. The out of print effort The Attic Tapes (originally released prior to their 2001 Madjack debut) was reissued in April 2006 with bonus early demo and rare 7" tracks, which preceded the release of Lucero's next studio effort, September's Rebels, Rogues & Sworn Brothers. Supporting tour dates through the fall followed with openers Rocky Votolato and William Elliott Whitmore. The year 2009 saw the release of Nichols' solo EP The Last Pale Light in the West along with the band's album 1372 Overton Park. Lucero spent the remainder of the year on tour in support of the album.
Lucero remained busy touring during 2010 and 2011, though they didn't record, they played festivals ranging from the SXSW Music And Media Conference, Coachella, and the Van's Warped Tour. Nichols played some solo shows as well. Toward year's end, they re-entered the studio to begin work on Women & Work, their debut offering for ATO Records. Produced by Ted Hutt, and featuring a full horn section --as well as guest vocals from Amy LaVere -- the album was released in March of 2012 and followed by an American tour. ~ David Jeffries, Rovi