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HIGHWAY QUEEN

NEW WEST
LP
20.02.2017

NW5144


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Nikki Lane’s remarkably dazzling third album, ‘Highway Queen’, sees the young Nashville rebel emerge as one of country and rock’s most gifted songwriters. Produced by Lane and fellow singer-songwriter Jonathan Tyler and recorded in Denton, Texas and Nashville, Tennessee, ‘Highway Queen’ is an emotional tour-de-force. Blending potent lyrics, unbridled blues guitars and vintage Sixties country-pop swagger, Lane’s new music will resonate as easily with Black Keys and Lana Del Rey fans as those of Neil Young and Tom Petty. ‘Highway Queen’ starts with the whiskey-soaked restlessness of ‘700,000 Rednecks’, a rowdy call to action and ends on the profoundly raw ‘Forever Lasts Forever’, where Lane belts freely, mourning a failed marriage - the “lighter shade of skin” left behind from her wedding ring. Lane’s journey to heartbreak takes exquisite turns. ‘Companion’ is pure Everly Brothers dreaminess (“I would spend a lifetime / Playing catch you if I can”). Elsewhere, she goes on a Vegas bender on the rollicking ‘Jackpot’, fights last-call blues (‘Foolish Heart’) and tosses out brazen one-liners at a backroom piano (‘Big Mouth’). Lane, a Greenville, South Carolina native, is a unique songwriter who didn’t take the traditional country artist path. Her backwoods roots are undercut by her chosen career as a fashion entrepreneur (she’s the owner of vintage clothing boutique High Class Hillbilly) who has lived - and been heartbroken - Los Angeles, New York and Nashville. So it’s no surprise that her music seamlessly crosses musical genres with lyrics steeped in the doomed perseverance only a true dark horse romantic knows.

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