Aiming to be the queen of something, singer/songwriter Nikki Lane – live Saturday at McCelvey Center in York – has manifest that overall goal in her third album, “Highway Queen.” Released in mid-2017, it revealed Lane as a real deal musical entity, one with nervy ‘brass in pocket’ panache, that marks her as “special so special” and worthy of notice.
‘Highway Queen’ brought together creative forces and gave Lane a musical crown bedazzled with gems including compelling lyrics, charisma, not to mention a knack for visual flair. On this third album, she has found her voice, which did not go unnoticed, as shown by accolades from NPR, The Guardian and Rolling Stone. In April, Lane and her band performed live for CBS’ Saturday Sessions from Loretta Lynn’s living room.
Influences mixing Neil Young, Tom Petty, Flamin' Groovies, Waylon Jennings and Lucinda Williams with her mom’s Motown records and her dad’s country cassettes, along with her own alt-rock and punk ingredients developed her trademark sound. Not country or rock – it’s both, as well as bluesy in a Southern way with throwback cool and defiant flash. Lane’s personality, captivating musical character and genuine peculiarities come together also as quirky and authentic ensuring standout style. Her original line of work as a fashion entrepreneur/collector was a big boost, and continues still at High Class Hillbilly, her vintage clothing boutique in Nashville.
Call it all bravado, sass, talented vision, bold daring, a little luck – whatever. But once ignited, Lane meant to be her true self, stating “this was the first time in my career where I decided how things were going to go,” then adding, “I was willing to take the heat.”
Witness how influences, experiences and guts come together for Nikki Lane, live Saturday as part of the Southern Sound Series at The McCelvey Center, 212 E. Jefferson St., in York. For concert information, call 803-684-3984 or check chmuseums.org. For more on the music, visit nikkilane.com.
Friday: Stella Rising Do at the Brass Tap-Riverwalk, Rock Hill; Hoodwinked at Empire Pizza-Newport, Rock Hill; Revelry Soul Acoustic at Hartland's, Rock Hill; Olio's (Gastonia, NC) –Fri, Gigi Dover & The Big Love Stepside Deluxe w-Jem Crossland & the Hypertonics at Ole Dallas Brewery, Dallas; Gigi Dover & The Big Love at Olio's, Gastonia; Blonde Ambition at The Shore Club-Tega Cay, Fort Mill; Oneppo Brothers at Hobo’s, Fort Mill; Rev. Jym Karaoke at Goat Bar & Grill, Indian Land; Double Dog Dare at Dreamchaser’s Brewery, Waxhaw; Troublemaker at Pineville Tavern, Pineville; The Lenny Federal Band at The Comet Grill, Charlotte; On The Border -Eagles Tribute w-Dixie Dust - Southern Rock Tribute at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Hope Griffin at Legion Brewing, Charlotte; Tracy Lawrence w-Out of the Blue at Coyote Joe’s, Charlotte; at Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Charlotte; Chubby Knuckles at T-Bones on the Lake, Lake Wylie; Matt Parker & the Deacons at Wild Wing Cafe-Ayrsley, S. Charlotte; Game Face at The Lodge-Ballantyne, S. Charlotte; Unknown Hinson w-Diving Board & the Deep Ends, more at Visulite Theatre, Charlotte; Idlewild South at Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Charlotte; David Rawlings at Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte;
Saturday: Sticks& Stones at Original Empire Pizza, Rock Hill; Cadence Band at T-Bones on the Lake, Lake Wylie; The Rockaholics at John’s Place Neighborhood Bar, Fort Mill; Scoot Pittman at Hobo’s, Fort Mill; Palmetto Road Band at Brew’s Tavern, Fort Mill; Rev. Jym Karaoke at The Shore Club-Tega Cay, Fort Mill; 86 the Fish at the Small Bar, Fort Mill; SugarSmax at Wild Wing Cafe-Ayrsley, S. Charlotte Gubmint Cheeze at Pineville Tavern, Pineville; AJ Holt at Dreamchaser’s Brewery, Waxhaw; Christina Raine at The Lodge-Ballantyne, S. Charlotte; Hard Cider at The Comet Grill. Charlotte; The Vel-Crows at Legion Brewing, Charlotte; 9DayTrip at Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Charlotte;
Sunday: Jeff Shows at Pineville Tavern, Pineville; They Might Be Giants at Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte; Omari & The Hellhounds at The Comet Grill, Charlotte; Wink Keziah & Deluxe Motel at TankTown Tavern, Charlotte; "And that was all she wrote."
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