Nikki Lane Comes to the Mercury Lounge, 6/22
Hailed by Paste as a "13-song mission statement, a country record that banks on the kind of licks you'd hope to hear in Nashville without creeping into the territory of Music Row's fabricated nostalgia" and described by the AV Club as "fiery takes on rebellion, surrender and romance," Nashville renaissance woman Nikki Lane's hotly anticipated sophomore album, All Or Nothin', out now on New West Records, is racking up stellar reviews and turning heads. The album has garnered praise from NPR, who premiered the album as a First Listen last week to Elle, the Nashville Scene and Flavorwire who singled out the record as one "10 Albums You Need to Hear in May," and exclaimed, "it's the attitude that's worth your time."
Lane's "bold, idiosyncratic sound," as NPR put it, has won over radio as this week she set history for 2014 as the #1 most added at Americana radio this year with 35 first week adds. She also scored highest first week chart debut by an artist this year at #18.
Just off the road with Athens rockers The Whigs, Lane is now supporting alt-country Old 97's on a West Coast run and will hit Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland this month. She will embark on a headline tour this summer that will kick off in June and take her to many major markets including Atlanta, Houston, Austin, Chicago, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, DC, and two nights in New York. Support will be provided by New Mexico singer/songwriter Max Gomez and the Wisconsin-based "north country" groupHugh Bob & The Hustle.
Produced by Dan Auerbach, who Lane met at her pop-up vintage clothing stall when he wanted to buy the 1940s hunting jacket she was wearing, All Or Nothin' is a rousing collection of songs that spans genres and eras and exudes with Lane's characteristic attitude and Southern swagger. "I wrote with so many amazing musicians on this album but Dan was really instrumental in helping me figure out the direction we were going for," Lane says.
Over 12 tracks, Lane sings tales about misbehaving, wanton desires, heartache, love and lust. "It's always the right time to do the wrong thing," she repeats like a mantra during the infectious opener "Right Time" and that statement defines All Or Nothin' as good as anything will.
"I really consider this album to be a Nikki Lane mixtape of my thoughts and the sounds that I'm into so that's why you can't put it in a neat box," Lane says. From the whimsical, dreamy sensation of "I Don't Care" to the stripped-down acoustic duet with Auerbach, "Love's On Fire," to the plaintive ballad "Out of My Mind," written with former touring partner J. Spaceman of Spiritualizedand the woozy, blue-eyed soul of the title track, the album showcases the many sides of Lane and her diverse influences.
Like the thoughts and emotions behind them, Nikki Lane's songs shift and ebb in the live setting but she promises whether she's playing solo or with a full band she approaches each song "in the most badass way possible."
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