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Nikki Lane shares new song “Born Tough,” Denim & Diamonds out September 23

August 26, 2022—Today, Nashville vocalist and songwriter Nikki Lane unveils her new song, “Born Tough“—listen here. The third track from Lane’s highly anticipated forthcoming album, Denim & Diamonds, “Born Tough” will premiere later today on SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country during a special guest-hosted show by Lane, which will re-air throughout the weekend.

Out September 23 via New West Records (pre-order/pre-save it here), Denim & Diamonds includes “Born Tough” as well as “Black Widow” and “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.”

In celebration of the new album, Lane will hit the road next month for a run of North American headlining tour dates through the winter—see full routing below and purchase tickets 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.


1. First High

2. Denim & Diamonds

3. Faded

4. Born Tough

5. Try Harder

6. Good Enough

7. Live/Love

8. Black Widow

9. Pass It Down

10. Chimayo


September 2 Weston, CO Caveman Music Festival

September 11 Pelham, TN The Caverns*

September 24 Lincoln, NE Lincoln Calling Festival

September 25 Fayetteville, AR George’s Majestic Lounge

September 27 Jackson, MS Duling Hall

September 28 Memphis, TN 1884 Lounge

September 29 St. Louis, MO Off Broadway

September 30 La Cygne, KS Firewater Festival

October 2 Indianapolis, IN HI-FI Annex

October 3 Lexington, KY The Burl

October 4 Louisville, KY Zanzabar

October 5 Bristol, TN Paramount Center for the Arts

October 6 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre

October 8 North Charleston, SC Riverfront Revival Music Festival

October 9 Atlanta, GA The Earl

October 15 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theater†

October 19 Baton Rouge, LA Manship Theatre

October 20 Houston, TX Last Concert Café

October 21 Austin, TX The White Horse

October 22 New Braunfels, TX Whitewater Amphitheater‡

October 23 Dallas, TX Studio at The Factory

October 26 Oklahoma City, OK Beer City Music Hall

October 27 Lubbock, TX The Blue Light Live

October 28 Albuquerque, NM Revel Entertainment Center†

October 29 Mesa, AZ Mesa Amphitheatre†

November 5 Spicewood, TX Lucktoberfest

November 29 Asheville, NC The Gray Eagle

November 30 Rocky Mount, VA Harvester Performance Center

December 1 Washington, D.C. The Black Cat

December 2 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom

December 3 Ardmore, PA Ardmore Music Hall

December 4 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall

December 6 Toronto, ON Horseshoe Tavern

December 8 Pittsburgh, PA Thunderbird Café and Music Hall

December 9 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

December 10 Columbus, OH A&R Music Bar

December 11 Newport, KY The Southgate House Revival

December 12 Detroit, MI El Club

December 14 Evanston, IL SPACE

December 15 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon

December 16 Milwaukee, WI Shank Hall

December 17 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line

December 18 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s

* with Spiritualized

† with Midland

‡ with Turnpike Troubadours

GGM Staff


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