When it comes to talented singer-songwriter Nikki Lane, AllMusic says it best: “Nikki Lane reinvents the nostalgic sounds of 1960s country music for a modern audience, mixing Southern twang with lush orchestral arrangements and the occasional pop/rock hook.” She dropped out of high school in South Carolina before hightailing it to Los Angeles to work as a fashion designer. Later, she moved to New York City where she began making acoustic country songs following a bad breakup, before ultimately settling in Nashville, where her career would eventually take off. Her first full-length, Walk of Shame (stream it below), came out in 2011, earning her comparisons to Wanda Jackson and Neko Case. All or Nothin’ (stream it below), produced by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, followed in 2014. “If Lana Del Rey had pores, bodily fluids or even the rare hair out of place, she might be Nikki Lane, the East Nashville firebrand who understands sangfroid is a lot more explosive when you roughen up the edges and throw down a gauntlet,” raved Paste. Lane (above, performing “Jackpot” live in studio for WRLT FM) returned with her third full-length, Highway Queen (stream it below), just a couple of weeks ago. “Three albums into her career, Lane remains true to her vision of classic country by way of alt-rock—a pigeonhole she seems happy to inhabit,” according to Exclaim. “This is her best album yet.” Find out how it sounds live when Nikki Lane plays Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday night. A pair of singer-songwriters, Brent Cobb and Jonathan Tyler, open the show.
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Originally from South Carolina but now doing work out of Nashville, singer-songwriter Nikki Lane has been reimagining 1960s country music with a modern sound for five years, “mixing Southern twang with lush orchestral arrangements and the occasional pop/rock hook,” according to AllMusic. Her debut album, Walk of Shame (stream it below), out in 2011, “is full of songs about love and lust, heartbreak, longing for the right man and the occasional one-night stand. Her honesty is what allows her to fit right into a classic country setting,” per Paste magazine. Lane (above, performing “Right Time” for WFUV FM) released her second full-length, All or Nothin’ (stream it below), produced by Dan Auerbach, last year, impressing PopMatters in the process: “This is a smoldering album of invention, and successfully marries both the rock and country sides of the equation, with just a little bit of pop sheen as an added touch. Anyone who simply loves good music—regardless of genre—will find much to be rewarded by here, and Lane is definitely a towering performer that should be watched closely.” In fact, you can watch her tonight at The Bowery Ballroom. Clear Plastic Masks and Frankie Lee open the show.