Nikki Lane, Jonathan Tyler & Robert Ellis performing at Music Millennium, 3/21
JONATHAN TYLER & ROBERT ELLIS
MUSIC MILLENNIUM – 3158 E BURNSIDE - 503-231-8926
TUESDAY, MARCH 21ST, TIME: 6PM
GENRE: COUNTRY/ROCK | NEW RELEASE: “HIGHWAY QUEEN”
Nikki Lane has just released her highly-anticipated third album, Highway Queen, via New West Records. The 10-song set sees the young Nashville Rebel emerge as one of Outlaw Country And rock’s most gifted songwriters and was co-produced by Lane and fellow singer-songwriter Jonathan Tyler. Recorded In Denton, TX at Matt Pence’s Echo Lab Studio as well as Club Roar In Nashville, TN with Collin Dupuis, Highway Queen features the Texas Gentlemen as her band and blends potent lyrics, unbridled blues guitars and vintage Sixties country-pop swagger.
Lane, a Greenville, South Carolina native 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.
Jonathan Tyler formed his band, the Northern Lights, in January 2007, taking cues from Southern rock veterans like Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Black Crowes, and Led Zeppelin. Although the band's namesake frontman was born in Birmingham, AL, he later relocated to Dallas, TX, where a friendship with a local rhythm guitarist named Kansas allowed Tyler the chance to exercise his songwriting abilities.
Who is Robert Ellis? At first glance, he’s simply a smiling, longhaired, twenty-two-year old in a hand-stitched western shirt and Dwight Yoakam-tight blue jeans. But there’s more to this youthful Houston, Texas native than meets the eye. The New York Times recently proclaimed that Ellis sounds "equally inspired by Jackson Browne and George Jones." Not a bad reference point for an artist his age.