hello hello hello - Fitzie may be in Connecticut today, but let’s talk about a concert that happened back in Washington
I first heard Nikki Lane on the radio and loved her song First High - I even featured in one of my tracks of the day.
Around the same time I learned she was due to perform at the Black Cat (where I saw Yard Act). How neat! So I decided to hold off on listening to the rest of her music until the concert itself.
Well, let’s say the crowd for Nikki Lane was a lot different than for Yard Act. Much more denim shirts and flannel. Apparently she’s a country singer! Some post-concert digging led me to learn that she teamed up with Josh Homme to create her most recent album, which is a bit more rock-and-roll than her previous ones.
I’m not much of a country guy, I have to admit. But I do love my punk rock. And there was something punk-rock about this South Carolina-born artist. She did, after all, choose a punk rock song to walk out to.
During her hour--plus long performance she performed with a sort of punk-rock edge that I don’t normally associate country music with: on-stage drinking, f-bomb droppings and crowd-surfing.
And she performed with this rock-and-roll edge as well as she flowed from some of the easier to identify country music motifs through electric guitar solos. Her guitarist even played a solo with his guitar behind his back.
Maybe there are people here who are more country-oriented than I who could push back against all I say, or corroborate it.
As someone who has not taken to country music, Nikki Lane was a refreshing change.
Fitzie’s track of the day: Denim & Diamonds, by Nikki Lane
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