Nikki Lane is preparing a new album “Denim & Diamonds”

photo: Jody Domingo

There are only a few people who have earned the utmost respect from grumpy, grizzled artists like Cody Jinks and Whitley Morgan. There are only a few who would be willing to get out on the road and perform in an intimate setting swapping songs with a master songwriter like Brent Cobb. But nothing is holding Highway Queen Nikki Lane back. Fearless and resolute, she’s here to leave a mark and isn’t scared if she bleeds.

It’s been five years since Nikki Lane released an album, but it’s not like she’s been sitting on her butt all this time. As the owner of vintage store High Class Hillbilly for a decade now, Nikki Lane is not only an ambassador for retro music, but also for the fashion and culture that goes with it.

Writing and performing songs is just one of the many ways Lane contributes, and instead of just jotting down a few songs to satisfy an arbitrary release schedule, she decided to savor and experience life, and let the songs come to him for this particular album called Denim & Diamondswhich will be released in full on September 23 via New West.

“There’s a song that didn’t make the album with the lyrics ‘sometimes you gotta run away to live a life you can write a song about'” Lane said. “Before this album, I was so focused on writing about life on the road, that I just didn’t have the space to write about the road that brought me here.”

Produced by Joshua Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, and featuring Queens of the Stone Age members including Alain Johannes on guitar, Dean Fertita on organ and Michael Shuman on bass, the album is meant to push Nikki Lane more towards the country rock side. But his pedal player Matthew Pynn also seems to ensure that the album includes the requisite twang.

You can certainly hear this more rock side in the first single of the album entitled “First High” (see below). “This song is about chasing that feeling of the first roller coaster, the first puff of a cigarette, that first kiss,” Lane said. “These moments are harder to live with as you age, but they only get better each time. The video captures that feeling of being young in a small town on a summer day, and the lack of inhibition who accompanies him.

Denim & Diamonds is now available in pre-order.


1.First up
2. Denim and diamonds
3. Faded
4. Born Tough
5. Try harder
6. Good enough
7. Live/Love
8. Black Widow
9. Pass it on
10. Chimayo


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