Nikki Lane Releasing New Album Highway Queen in February

Nikki Lane Highway Queen

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Outlaw country singer-songwriter Nikki Lane will return with her new album Highway Queen on February 17, via New West Records.

The 10-track effort sees Lane co-producing with fellow singer-songwriter Jonathan Tyler. This is Lane’s first time producing, as Dan Auerbach handled production on 2014’s All or Nothin‘ and Dave Cobb and Lewis Pesacov split duties on 2011’s Walk of Shame.

The first single from Highway Queen is the title track, a roaring down-and-dirty cut in line with country music’s strong-willed foremothers, such as Wanda Jackson and Loretta Lynn. The song’s message of independence and empowerment is best summed up in the chorus lyric “The Highway Queen don’t need no king.”

Other songs on the album include “Jackpot” which is inspired by Las Vegas and Lane’s relationship with Tyler, and “700,000 Rednecks,” a tribute to her hometown of Greenville, South Carolina.

Lane will also tour behind the album with Tyler, Brent Cobb and Robert Ellis supporting on select dates. The tour stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, Brooklyn and Atlanta, among other cities, and she’ll also play the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California, on April 29.

See Lane’s tour dates and video for “Highway Queen” (which features her flattening cars in a monster truck) below.

Nikki Lane’s Highway Queen Track List:
1. 700,000 Rednecks
2. Highway Queen
3. Lay You Down
4. Jackpot
5. Companion
6. Big Mouth
7. Foolish Heart
8.  Send The Sun
9. Muddy Waters
10. Forever Lasts Forever

Nikki Lane Tour Dates:

12.31.17 Granada Theater – Dallas, TX
02.22.17 The Saturn* – Birmingham, AL
02.23.17 Terminal West* – Atlanta, GA
02.24.17 New Brookland Tavern – West Columbia, SC
02.25.17 The Grey Eagle* – Asheville, NC
02.26.17 Cat’s Cradle* – Chapel Hill, NC
02.27.17 U Street Music Hall* – Washington, D.C.
02.28.17 The Black Box at Underground Arts* – Philadelphia, PA
03.02.17 Music Hall of Williamsburg* – Brooklyn, NY
03.03.17 The Sinclair* – Boston, MA
03.04.17 Bar le Ritz* – Montreal, QC
03.05.17 Horseshoe Tavern* – Toronto, ON
03.07.17 Beachland Ballroom* – Cleveland, OH
03.08.17 Headliners Music Hall* – Louisville, KY
03.09.17 Bluebird* – Bloomington, IN
03.10.17 Off Broadway* – St. Louis, MO
03.11.17 Lincoln Hall* – Chicago, IL
03.13.17 Turner Hall Ballroom* – Milwaukee, WI
03.14.17 Turf Club* – Minneapolis, MN
03.17.17 Filling Station^ – Bozeman, MT
03.18.17 The Olympic^ – Boise, ID
03.20.17 Tractor Tavern^ – Seattle, WA
03.21.17 Doug Fir^ – Portland, OR
03.23.17 Social Hall^ – San Francisco, CA
03.24.17 El Rey Theatre^ – Los Angeles, CA
03.25.17 Beauty Bar^ – Las Vegas, NV
03.26.17 Urban Lounge^ – Salt Lake City, UT
03.26.17 Bluebird Theater^ – Denver, CO
04.29.17 Stagecoach Festival – Indio, CA

* with Brent Cobb

^ with Robert Ellis

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