Thursday, December 7, 2017

Ken's Top 10 of 2017 - #9: Nikki Lane - Highway Queen

When Nikki Lane released Highway Queen back in February, I enjoyed it quite a bit, but I wouldn't say I loved it. But then on a whim I went to see her in Portsmouth back in August, and ever since then I've been obsessed. Ever since then, I'm pretty sure I've listened to Highway Queen weekly (at least). Every song on this album is beyond catchy and runs the risk of being jammed in your skull for at least 48 hours. It's modern country, just Lane keeps just enough swagger and outlaw country in her sound to keep it classic. She occupies a world where Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, and The Dixie Chicks are all just as valid as each other. It might not be fair to rate an album based on how much I loved a live show, so I forced myself to keep this one at #9. (Plus, it's my list, so there you go...)

Songs of note: "Jackpot," "Highway Queen," and "Big Mouth."

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