Outlaw country has traditionally been a male province, but Nashville-via-South-Carolina singer Nikki Lane breaks stereotypes on her Dan Auerbach-produced second album All Or Nothin', set for release May 6th.
"My songs always paint a pretty clear picture of what’s been going on in my life, so this is one moody record," she tells Rolling Stone. "There’s lots of talk of misbehaving and moving on." On her new album, the follow-up to 2011's Walk of Shame, Lane unapologetically sings about one-night stands and shady ex-boyfriends.
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Around the same time Robert Ellis relocated to Nashville, he also chopped off all his long hair and adopted a more clean-cut look. There are those who are disinclined to believe that was mere coincidence.
"I had a lot of fans that asked me, 'Did the label ask you to do that?' " Ellis says. "And that's really sweet of them to think that I'm at this level where I've got enough fans that people care what my hair looks like. But yeah, that's not the reality."
Ed Hamell of Hamell on Trial is one of the most exciting and brilliant songwriters to come our way in years. The New York-based Hamell is a one-man punk band, and what with his frantically strummed and heavily amplified acoustic guitar and wonderful vocal delivery; simultaneously bleak, touching, and hilarious songs; and propensity for telling long and very amusing anecdotes you won’t even notice he’s up there all by himself.
When it comes to honing in on the perfect sound, Athens, Ga. band New Madrid is keeping it local and taking all the right cues: building a following with their live show and sharing bills with the likes of Futurebirds and Dead Confederate, the band has kept the momentum going by teaming up with David Barbe (Drive-By Truckers) as producer for debut full-length Sunswimmer.
Described as “Bill Hicks, Hunter S. Thompson and Joe Strummer all rolled into one” by Philadelphia Weekly and a “one-man Tarantino flick: loud, vicious, luridly hilarious, gleefully and deeply offensive” by the Village Voice, New West Records is proud to announce it has signed folk-punk provocateur Hamell on Trial.
A video premiere from a band led by girlfriend/boyfriend pair, plus a conversation about style, inspiration, sexism, and Gwen Stefani.