Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased tracks, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. This week, we are featuring songs by bands performing during the 24th Shake The Shack Rockabilly Ball, September 22-24 at the Tractor Tavern in Ballard. Today’s selection is “Gone, Gone, Gone” by Nikki Lane from her 2011 album, Walk of Shame, on IAMSOUND.
Nikki Lane’s origin appears pretty standard at first glance: precocious Southern teenager packs her worldly possessions into a trailer and heads for L.A. But beneath the surface cliché is a singer/songwriter whose penchant for hooky riffs and catchy refrains delves deep into the country catalog, bringing forth comparisons to Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, and Loretta Lynn. Lane’s second full length, and first on IAMSOUND, Walk of Shame is a veritable greatest hits of balladic numbers about heartache, one-night stands, leaving, lust, and longing.
“Gone, Gone, Gone” is the lead single from Shame, and it’s the perfect showcase of Lane’s formidable talents. Her Southern drawl sweeps over plodding bass and drums while electric twang resonates over the prairie. The song’s instrumentation is idyllic for a drawn-out road trip across the country, and that’s in keeping with the lyrical content as well. As Lane croons, “Maybe I head out west to find me something / or maybe even disappear,” it’s worth wondering what tracks she’s wrote that aren’t mostly autobiographical. Whatever her stance, the music’s catchy and Lane is clearly here to stay.
Nikki Lane performs as part of the 24th Annual Shake the Shack Rockabilly Ball on Friday, September 23, at the Tractor Tavern. She will also be live on KEXP the night before, on Thursday, September 22, at 7:00pm to promote the show. Right now, you can check out the video for “Gone, Gone, Gone” below, and find out more about Nikki Lane on her Facebook page.