HIGHWAY QUEEN (2017)
Nikki Lane’s stunning third album Highway Queen sees the young Nashville singer emerge as one of country and rock’s most gifted songwriters. Co-produced by Lane and fellow singer-songwriter, Jonathan Tyler, this emotional tour-de-force was recorded at Matt Pence’s Echo Lab studio in Denton, Texas as well as at Club Roar with Collin Dupuis in Nashville, Tennessee. Blending potent lyrics, unbridled blues guitars and vintage Sixties country-pop swagger, Lane’s new music will resonate as easily with Lana Del Rey and Jenny Lewis fans as those of Neil Young and Tom Petty.
“As unapologetic as Johnny Cash’s middle finger.” - Rolling Stone Country
"Highway Queen is a forceful, rollicking collection of fiery country tunes that places [Lane] toe-to-toe with any outlaw in Nashville." - Noisey
"[Lane's] breed of country is as futuristic as it is Seventies outlaw, probably because she's more intent on invention than emulation." - Rolling Stone Country
"Her forthcoming album Highway Queen is her best yet, and should cement her status as the rightful heir to icons like Wanda Jackson and Loretta Lynn." - American Songwriter
"There is a brazen, sh*t-stirring edge to everything Lane creates, but despite her rawhide and barbed wire approach, she refuses to sacrifices an inch of her femininity." - UPROXX
"Clearly not short on confidence, the self-styled 'First Lady Of Outlaw Country' belongs to the same forcible bunch of dissidents as the similarly brash Lydia Loveless or Caitlin Rose, though she also exudes a Southern smokiness that aligns her to Lucinda Williams or vintage Wanda Jackson. She is, in fact, as much bluesy rock'n'roll as she is country..." - Uncut (8/10 stars)
"This is her best album yet" - Exclaim!
"...her third album sees her take more control...for a boisterous collection of firecracking 'outlaw country.' Lane’s fiery, Loretta Lynn/Emmylou Harris-style vocals deliver tales of life on the road, smalltown gossips and female empowerment." - The Guardian
"best of 2017" accolades
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