Nashville vocalist and songwriter Nikki Lane debuts a new song, “Black Widow,” today alongside a video directed by Austin Leih and shot in Austin—listen here and watch here. The new track is taken from her forthcoming new album, Denim & Diamonds, slated for release September 23 via New West Records—pre-order it here.
Of the song, Lane shares, “Recording ‘Black Widow’ was an exhilarating experience—with both Carla Azar and Matt Helders on drums, alongside the rest of the players [Joshua] Homme curated—the room was pulsing as we followed the lyrics of a female black widow spider presumably chasing after her prey, a moniker easily associated with powerful women, which I had found intriguing. For me, it’s always been more fun to just move on.”
The new song follows the album’s lead single “First High,” praised by Rolling Stone as “an amped-up ode to chasing that reckless feeling of youthful excitement…propelled by a muscular backbeat and driving bass.” Later this month, Lane will hit the road for a run of U.S. tour dates, with stops at several music festivals and Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre.
Additionally, Lane is the new face of Slow & Low Rye Whiskey Old-Fashioned—read her interview with the brand about her new album, riding motorcycles and whiskey drinking here.
Denim & Diamonds was born out of a moment of careful consideration in Lane’s career—when several years of touring behind her last album came to an end and the early days of the pandemic forced everyone inside, Lane knew it was time to find inspiration somewhere new. Lane enlisted Queens of the Stone Age frontman Joshua Homme to help her bring Denim & Diamonds to life, with whom she assembled a studio band of big-budget talent consisting of his Queens of the Stone Age collaborators Alain Johannes on guitar, Dean Fertita on organ and Michael Shuman on bass, as well as drummers Matt Helders of Arctic Monkeys and Carla Azar of Autolux. With Homme’s help, Lane transformed the seeds of ideas she had for years into an album that nods to her wide-ranging influences, from the psychedelia of The 13th Floor Elevators to traditional country stalwarts like Loretta Lynn. Denim & Diamonds was a chance for Lane to take stock of her first decade as a songwriter as she traces her origin story from her religious youth in South Carolina to Nashville Rebel.
Raised as a Baptist in Greenville, South Carolina, Lane discovered music as an outlet for creative expression at an early age, dropping out of school at 17 to move to Los Angeles, then New York, and then Nashville to launch her songwriting career. She has released three albums—her 2011 debut Walk of Shame, 2014’s All or Nothin’ and Highway Queen from 2017. Aside from steadily releasing new music of her own and touring the world, she was featured on “Breaking Up Slowly” on Lana Del Rey’s 2021 album Chemtrails Over the Country Club and contributed to Spiritualized’s Everything Was Beautiful.