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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Influenced by the likes of Led Zeppelin and the Black Crowes, Jonathan Tyler formed Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights nine years ago in Dallas. The good-times band won over critics and fans alike, but sometimes even when things look like they’re going great from the outside, on the inside everything’s gone to hell. A lawsuit about the name plus fights with Atlantic Records led to alcohol problems: “I was drinking myself into oblivion all the time because I was so frustrated with life in general,” Tyler told Rolling Stone. “And I thought, at a certain point, something’s gotta give. I’m going to end up killing myself, or something really bad will happen.” Fortunately, this was not the case. The singer-songwriter decamped to Los Angeles and began playing shows to pay for studio time. What resulted is last year’s Holy Smokes (stream it below), “a set of songs that, at times can even ring as joyful, touching a whole trajectory of the American musical tradition from Howlin’ Wolf to the Allman Brothers to Pink Floyd,” raved Rolling Stone. “It’s clear that if there’s one person most excited about the revival of Jonathan Tyler, it’s Tyler himself. Holy Smokes is more than just the album title, it’s an exclamation.” See him Saturday night at Mercury Lounge. Philly duo the Dove and the Wolf open the show.
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