Nikki Lane pulls no punches when outlining her ambitions. “I want to be the queen of country music,” the firestarter of a singer-songwriter said on a recent Chicago afternoon, relaxing on a swanky, purple hotel-lobby couch. Thing is, even Lane herself doesn’t actually believe the country music conservatives would welcome a badass, rock-minded chick like her: “They think I’m crazy, half those people. So left-of-center.”
Their loss: Lane hits that sweet spot between country-music earnestness and muddy rock grit, all on display via her new album, All Or Nothin', due out on May 6th.
The Nashville-by-way-of-South-Carolina singer told ELLE.com that the album, produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, was a highly personal endeavor. “I’m writing for myself,” she admitted. “I’m so in my own struggle to develop who I am.” Her inner-tumult is evidenced on one of the LP’s most intimate tracks “Seein’ Double,” a swampy cut bred out of personal pain that premieres below.
“I wrote the track about smoking too much pot and being in a really depressing moment,” Lane recalled. "It was me getting really faded to forget that I wasn’t in a very happy place at the moment. I was in a dark place and I wanted to represent that.”