Nikki Lane Releases New Album 'All Or Nothin' via NPR
Hailed for her "bold, idiosyncratic sound," NPR has selected Nikki Lane's forthcoming sophomore album, All Or Nothin' for a coveted First Listen, joining the likes of Dolly Parton and Lykke Li for this week's selection. The record, produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and out May 6 on New West Records, is streaming in full at NPR.org who exclaimed: "The effect never feels merely nostalgic, and it never seems insincere. Instead, All or Nothin' simply sounds like the work of a performer who knows when to embrace her contradictions: classic and modern, iconoclastic and approachable, country and rock, urban and rural.
NPR's support comes on the heels of a track premiere with Elle.com for Lane's "Seein' Double," a darkly personal track with surf-twang guitars and a propulsive barbed hook of a chorus. Listen to the song via Elle.
Testament to Lane's versatility and widespread appeal, she is currently out on the road opening for Athens rockers The Whigs and will immediately follow the tour with a West Coast run supporting alt-country stalwarts the Old 97's with dates in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland. The Nashville-based South Carolina-bred chanteuse will tour heavily in support of All Or Nothin' and just confirmed the Austin City Limits Music Festival in October. Like the thoughts and emotions behind them, 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." Full routing is below with many more dates to be announced soon.
With just a week before release, All Or Nothin' is already starting to make an impact at radio. Early support has come from KEXP, who described the album as "an evocative, moody blend of noirish country-pop, '60s girl groups, bluesy garage-rock, spaghetti western and more" as well as SiriusXM's The Loft, WUMB in Boston and several others.
All Or Nothin' sees Lane teaming up with some of the finest musicians and songwriters in Nashville to craft an album that fully realizes her musical vision. Produced by Auerbach, who Lane met at her pop-up vintage clothing stall when he wanted to buy the 1940s hunting jacket she was wearing, the rousing collection of songs 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 Spiritualized and the woozy, blue-eyed soul of the title track, the album showcases the many sides of Lane and her diverse influences.
Lane's passion for music is only matched by her passion for fashion, evident from her album cover, which features her decked out in a white fringe dress and gold cape, to her impeccable stage outfits - vintage embrodiered shirts, boots, western attire, and leather motorcycle jackets. The born entrepenuer has parlayed her penchant and knowledge for the clothes of yesteryear into a successful business she calls High Class Hillbilly, a vintage clothing stall she takes around Nashville and out on tour with her, fueling the enterprise with pieces she collects on the road. In addition to selling her own wares, the style maven is highly sought after by clothing and accessory brands; she has worked with Warby Parker, Frye Boots, Minnetonka Moccasins, Billy Reid, TOMS and most recently Vans.
Armed with a compelling album and her fiery personality, Lane is poised to have a breakout year. Just one of the many reasons why CMT singled her out for thier "Next Women of Country" campaign, putting her in the same company as 2013's artists Kacey Musgraves and Brandy Clark.
April 30 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes %
May 1 - Jim Thorpe, PA @ Maunch Chuck %
May 2 - Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel %
May 3 - Charlotte, NC @ Visulite %
May 5 - El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls *
May 6 - Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre *
May 7 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom *
May 8 - Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up *
May 9 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey *
May 10 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore *
May 12 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market *
May 13 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom *
May 14 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory *
May 15 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge *
May 16 - Denver, CO @ Blue Bird *
October 3-5 - Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival
October 10-12- Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival
% = with The Whigs
* = with Old 97's