Spend Friday Night with Nicole Atkins and the Black Sea

July 7th, 2011

Nicole Atkins was raised on the Jersey Shore, but she started to write original music while attending UNC Charlotte. Upon graduation, she headed to NYC—settling in Brooklyn—and performing wherever and whenever she could. Eventually she moved back to North Carolina before resettling in Jersey. But all along she continued honing her exceptional songwriting, which has become her calling card (along with some delightfully throaty vocals). Atkins’ second disc, Mondo Amore, came out earlier this year, and the Guardian has written of the singer-songwriter and her band, the Black Sea: “Imagine Roy Orbison as a chick fronting a band of elves.” Pretty cool, right? And while Atkins has crafted some impressive original tunes, she’s not afraid to embrace the past either. Check her out joining My Morning Jacket on the Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell classic “You’re All I Need to Get By” and covering “I Won’t Back Down” with Nikolai Fraiture at last year’s Petty Fest, plus, above, doing “The Way It Is” on Later … with Jools Holland. And then do yourself a favor and see Nicole Atkins and the Black Sea tomorrow night at Music Hall of Williamsburg.