‘Highway Queen’ Nikki Lane rides into Reno

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Nikki Lane will appear in a seated show at the Cargo Concert Hall in the Whitney Peak Hotel on Saturday, Oct. 7.

Hold on to your hat and take a seat, Nikki Lane is coming to the Biggest Little City in the World and she’ll take you along for the ride.

Lane will appear in a seated show at the Cargo Concert Hall in the Whitney Peak Hotel on Saturday, Oct. 7. The concert is for music fans 18 and older. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door, which opens at 7 p.m. The Jade Jackson Band gets the show rolling at 8 p.m.

Lane’s stunning third album, “Highway Queen,” released in February 2017, sees the 33-year-old Nashville singer emerge as one of country and rock’s most gifted songwriters. Co-produced by Lane and fellow singer-songwriter Jonathan Tyler, this emotional tour-de-force was recorded at Matt Pence’s Echo Lab studio in Denton, Texas, as well as at Club Roar with Collin Dupuis in Nashville, Tennessee. Blending potent lyrics, unbridled blues guitars and vintage Sixties country-pop swagger, Lane’s new music will resonate as easily with Lana Del Rey and Jenny Lewis fans as those of Neil Young and Tom Petty.

“Highway Queen” is a journey through heartbreak that takes exquisite turns. The record begins with a whiskey-soaked homage to Lane’s hometown (“700,000 Rednecks”) and ends on the profoundly raw “Forever Lasts Forever,” where Lane mourns a failed marriage – the “lighter shade of skin” left behind from her wedding ring. On “Forever” and the confessional “Muddy Waters,” Lane’s lyrics align her with perceptive songwriters like Nick Lowe and Cass McCombs.

Elsewhere, “Companion” is pure Everly Brothers’ dreaminess (“I would spend a lifetime/ Playing catch you if I can”). She goes on a Vegas bender on the rollicking “Jackpot,” fights last-call blues (“Foolish Heart”) and tosses off brazen one-liners at a backroom piano (“Big Mouth”).

“Love is the most unavoidable thing in the world,”  says Lane, a native of Greenville, South Carolina. “The person you pick could be half set-up to destroy your life with their own habits – I’ve certainly experienced that before and taken way too long to get out of that mistake.”

In 2014, Lane’s second album, “All or Nothin’ “(New West) solidified her sandpaper voice beneath a 10-gallon hat as the new sound and look of outlaw country music. Produced by Dan Auerbach, the record’s bluesy Western guitars paired with Lane’s Dusty Springfield-esque voice earned glowing reviews from NPR, the Guardian and Rolling Stone. In three years since her “Walk of Shame” debut, Lane said she was living most of the year on the road.

The opening Jade Jackson Band is touring in support of its new album, “Gilded, released in May. Jackson grew up in a small California town, Santa Margarita, where as a youngster she began performing every Sunday in a coffee shop.

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