I ordered Nikki Lane’s Walk Of Shame (can’t beat that title!) based on some sound clips I heard-they had a bluesy, rootsy sound, although I have since heard this album described as outlaw country, which has traditionally been a male province.
After getting the disc and listening to it, it definitely should be filed as country, but Nashville-via-South-Carolina singer Nikki Lane at least comes by her drawl honestly (as opposed to country singers from Boston or Toronto who seem to lose the northern accents for the y’all factor).
While I still am not a huge fan of the guitar tuning in country music (don’t like the twang), the songwriting on this disc is excellent, and I thought the title track was worth the price of admission.
Lane breaks stereotypes on this moody record, with lyrics of of misbehaving and moving on, one-night stands and shady ex-boyfriends.
On songs like "Coming Home To You," the album is pure country...a little too "yee-hah" for me.
Her follow-up album was released by New West and was produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.