Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bringing Nashville to Tyneside; ALAN NICHOL LOOKS AHEAD TO THE 'NEW QUEEN OF OUTLAW COUNTRY' NIKKI LANE'S PERFORMANCE AT THE SAGE

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bringing Nashville to Tyneside; ALAN NICHOL LOOKS AHEAD TO THE 'NEW QUEEN OF OUTLAW COUNTRY' NIKKI LANE'S PERFORMANCE AT THE SAGE

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SOUTH Carolina country-singer, Nikki Lane, arrives on Tyneside this week for one of only three UK shows.

Lane plays Sage 2 next Wednesday, the middle gig of the three, before she resumes her comprehensive tour of continental Europe.

The now Nashville-based artist arrived in Music City by way of Los Angeles and New York but if the latest release is anything to judge by, her new hometown seems like the best fit of the three from a music perspective. Her three albums to date have given rise to epithets such as "new queen of outlaw-country" and the most recent of the three, Highway Queen (New West Records), certainly does not pull any emotional punches.

The highway in the title has, apparently, routed her course through every state of heartbreak, every town of turmoil as she gives vent to it all in an articulate, raw and candid - and irresistibly listenable batch of songs.

It is not all heartbreak, however, with songs ranging from Everly Brothers-inspired cool (Companion) to the swaggering rock of the Las Vegas bender, Jackpot or the suitably forthright, piano-driven Big Mouth. Recorded in Texas and Nashville, Lane wrote (or cowrote) all 10 tracks and this forthright, literate Highway Queen looks certain to have unhindered career progress on the road ahead. On Thursday night, The Live Theatre's Studio venue has a visit from another two US singer/songwriters when Carrie Elkin and her husband, Danny Schmidt, are the guests of Jumpin' Hot Club. Previously solo acts, Elkin and Schmidt are now based in Austin, Texas after spending time in some far-flung towns across America.

Elkin's new album, Penny Collector, is dedicated to her father who died a couple of years ago after amassing several hundred thousand of the titular coins. The album brings together a group of talented friends - Schmidt, of course, plus guitarist Will Kimbrough, cellist David Henry among them - on ten Elkin originals. …

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