Nikki Lane’s critically acclaimed third album, Highway Queen, is out now via New West Records and available digitally, on compact disc, LP, and cassette. In celebration of the release, Lane will perform the album’s lead single “Jackpot” on Conan tonight, April 26th, and will make an appearance on KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic” this Friday, April 28th. Additionally, this week’s CBS This Morning Saturday airing will feature Lane and her band performing two tracks from Highway Queen at Loretta Lynn’s historic home in Hurricane Mills (Check Local Listings). Loretta Lynn joins Lane for a very special duet of her 1966 hit song “Don't Come Home a Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind),” of which Lynn has recorded a new version for her upcoming album Wouldn’t It Be Great. Lane will also perform at this year’s Stagecoach Festival on Saturday, April 29th.
Prior to the release of Highway Queen, Entertainment Weekly featured an exclusive, full stream of the “boisterous" and "raucous" new album; while Vice’s music site Noisey ran an in-depth interview with Lane and praised, “Highway Queen is a forceful, rollicking collection of fiery country tunes that places [Lane] toe-to-toe with any outlaw in Nashville," adding, “it's her best yet.” The piece premiered the standout track “Send The Sun,” which MTV News calls “a waltzing love song that could be Lane’s best shot at a mainstream country crossover hit, if that’s even what she wants.” Previously, Billboard premiered the music video for “Jackpot,” which Rolling Stone included in their “Our Favorite Songs Right Now” roundup calling it “a trip to Vegas you won't forget.” Watch the video HERE. Rolling Stone Country originally announced the album by revealing the music video for the title track, which can be viewed/shared HERE. Of the song, they hail, “It's gritty Southern rock with an extra spike of danger – her guitars always sound like they're running from the law, the drumbeat rolling on the adrenaline of a high-speed chase.”
Following Lane’s Walk of Shame debut and 2014’s Dan Auerbach-produced All or Nothin’, Highway Queen was co-produced by Lane and fellow singer-songwriter Jonathan Tyler and features the Texas Gentlemen as Lane’s band. A Greenville, South Carolina native, Lane is also a fashion entrepreneur as the owner of the popular vintage clothing boutique High Class Hillbilly. She has lived - and been heartbroken in - Los Angeles, New York and Nashville, so it’s no surprise that her music seamlessly crosses musical genres with lyrics steeped in the doomed perseverance only a true dark horse romantic knows. Like a true wanderer, her sound crisscrosses musical genres with ease, while the lonesome romantic in her remains. “Love is the most unavoidable thing in the world,” Lane says. “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.”