“Highway Queen” Nikki Lane will be too fast-moving for detours this fall.
The rising country artist announced on July 26 that she will headline almost 50 shows at the close of the year, 23 of them from Sept. 24-Oct. 29.
Most of the appearances will be either along or south of Interstate 40. But the tour will wrap up with 16 shows in the Midwest and East.
Folks out West will need to be content listening to Lane’s new album, “Denim & Diamonds,” which will be released Sept. 23 on New West Records. A pair of songs already out from the album are “First High” and “Black Widow.”
The only California concert will be held Oct. 15 in the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. In June, Lane highlighted the inaugural Schellraiser Music Festival in tiny McGill, Nevada. She appeared at Lake Tahoe in October 2019 and Reno in October 2017.
Press materials state Lane enlisted Queens of the Stone Age frontman Joshua Homme to help her bring “Denim & Diamonds” to life, with whom she assembled a studio band of big-budget talent consisting of his Queens of the Stone Age collaborators Alain Johannes on guitar, Dean Fertita on organ and Michael Shuman on bass, as well as drummers Matt Helders of Arctic Monkeys and Carla Azar of Autolux. With Homme’s help, Lane transformed the seeds of ideas she had for years into an album that nods to her wide-ranging influences, from the psychedelia of The 13th Floor Elevators to traditional country stalwarts like Loretta Lynn.
Earlier releases include 2011’s “Walk of Shame,” 2014’s “All of Nothin’” and 2017’s “Highway Queen.”