As double lives go, touring musician and vintage clothing/goods hunter fit together quite well, since in both professions, it helps considerably to get in the ol’ van and wander. Multi-talented East Nashvillian Nikki Lane wears those two hats, running the High Class Hillbilly vintage boutique on this side of the river and sharing her throwback country sounds around the land.
She’s been very busy with the latter of late, having released her Walk of Shame album on September 27, and we’ll guess she’s only about to get busier.
The disc’s earning Lane a share of Nancy Sinatra comparisons, and they’re apt enough, but Walk of Shame gets alternately more rustic and more badass. Leadoff single “Gone Gone Gone” gives off a “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” vibe, but Lane’s boots might’ve more been made for grinding a cigarette butt into the gravel. Meanwhile album track “Look Away” shuffles and sways, Lane tipping a hat more toward lovely country forebear Loretta Lynn, and “Save You” evokes the slow and sultry moods of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game.”
Lane’s fall travels bring her home to Nashville a handful of times, and we can’t encourage you enough to catch her now, while she’s still taking relatively intimate stages. We’re betting that Walk of Shame‘s start-to-finish mix of cool country hummability ramps up her crowd capacity considerably before the first snow hits.
New to Lane? Eyeball the video for “Gone Gone Gone” below, and/or visit Paste magazine to stream Walk of Shame in its entirety.
Where: Grimey’s New & Preloved Music, 1604 8th Ave. S.
When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Nikki Lane is scheduled for 4 p.m. (and several other Eastsiders are set to play over the course of the day, including Derek Hoke)
Where: Exit/In, 2208 Elliston Pl.
When: 8 p.m.
Admission: $10 advance, $12 day of show
Where: Loveless Barn, 8400 Tennessee 100
When: 7 p.m.
Admission: $10 general admission; $5 ages 6 to 18 and students with school ID; free children 5 and under. Available via MusicCityRoots.com.