Nikki Lane (pic by Iamsoundrecords.com)
92ZEW is bringing another artist on the rise for its Free Concert Series. New West Recording Artist NIKKI LANE, whose outlaw rock n roll album, produced by Black Key Dan Aurbach, is turning critics’ ears. See Nikki Lane for free September 12 at the Hangout, Gulf Shores with 92ZEW.
Nikki Lane in the NEWS
- 08/07/2014 – The 26 Albums of 2014 You Probably Didn’t But Really Should Hear
- 08/05/2014 – Nikki Lane Makes Her National TV Debut On Conan
- 08/05/2014 – Rolling Stone: Watch Country Bad Girl Nikki Lane Perform on ‘Conan’
- 07/24/2014 – Paste Magazine: Style Record
- 07/09/2014 – Billboard: The 615
Nikki Lane turns the vulnerable singer-songwriter stereotype on its ear, crafting songs that crucify ex-boyfriends and have no problem with one-night stands as long as she can bolt town right after. Her cooing-yet-brutal vocals are a perfect fit with an aching, mournful guitar.
Her upcoming album, tentatively titled Seein’ Double—produced by, yes, Dan Auerbach—is one of Nashville’s most anticipated releases. “My songs always paint a pretty clear picture of what’s been going on in my life, so this is one moody record,” she says. “There’s lots of talk of misbehaving and moving on.”
Born in South Carolina, Lane moved to New York City and, after a messy breakup, picked up a guitar and set her sights on a music career. But the cost of living in New York proved to be too high an obstacle, so she turned to Nashville, a city she had visited extensively. “I was hell bent on living in a big city and I just couldn’t work up the nerve to come back to the South,” she says. “[When I did,] Nashville was the obvious choice for me because of my fondness for it.”
Once in town, she released the 2011 album Walk of Shame to rave reviews, as well as opening High Class Hillbilly, a pop-up vintage clothing stall, where a chance meeting with Auerbach turned into a full-fledged partnership. “During the first round of recordings, I was in an awkward mood every night I left the studio,” she says. “It was hard for me to trust that Dan was right when he said I should move a verse around or add an extra chorus. He pushed to find the right feel for each track one by one, and a few months later I found myself with a damn good record.”