The Stagecoach Spotlight Nikki Lane Highway Queen Tour with Brent Cobb and Jonathan Tyler stopped at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 2, 2017.
With her latest album, Highway Queen, dominating the Americana Music Association airplay chart, Nikki Lane was back performing in Brooklyn where, in her words, it all started.
The New West Records recording artist combines the sights and sounds of vintage 70’s outlaw country with honest, relevant lyrics that cut across multiple genres. Lane’s 20-song set included every track from Highway Queen in addition to several older songs that her die-hard Brooklyn fan base knew well.
Lane made the switch from pursuing a career in fashion to becoming a full time musician while living in Brooklyn on the corner of Grand and Bushwick. She’d party late into the night at Clem’s, getting “drunk as shit” before heading home and penning songs. The crowd cheered as she recalled her local hangouts, including her past performances at Union Pool.
With her roots in fashion, you can be certain Lane isn’t going to step on stage wearing just anything. Her outfit for her Brooklyn homecoming did not disappoint – a custom embroidered Jackpot suit, complete with rolling dice, slot machines, six-shooters on her hips, and the queen of hearts on her back.
Opening for Lane was Georgia-native Brent Cobb. Cobb’s set, which received huge applause from the Brooklyn crowd, included several songs off his latest album, Shine On Rainy Day, including South of Atlanta, Let the Rain Come Down, and Country Bound. Cobb’s new album was produced by his cousin, Grammy-award winner Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell). Brent’s set also included Down Home, from Dave’s compilation album Southern Family.
Kicking the evening off was Jonathan Tyler with a captivating solo acoustic set. Tyler, who is also Lane’s boyfriend, plays guitar in Lane’s band and co-produced Highway Queen.