The Minks to release debut full-length album, Light & Sweet, on September 20, via Nashville’s Cafe Rooster Records

The Minks' Nikki Barber - photo by Kendall Bailey

East Nashville’s independent label Cafe Rooster Records is excited to announce the release of a new full length album from The Minks, Nashville’s up and coming “psychedelic-bloos” band featuring front woman, Nikki Barber.

Heavy on the rock and roll, Light & Sweet is about finding the silver lining amongst the madness- a timely call to arms about staying positive in a world that can often times feel bleak. “I wrote these songs as I was living on my own for the first time and calling out the bullshit within my life. These songs were outlets for me to heal, which I hope they will do for other people as well,” says Barber.

Originally from Gettysburg, PA, a town known for its ghosts, Nikki began writing and recording songs in a makeshift, basement studio at a young age. She decided to move to Nashville where Barber created the rock and roll, four piece band, The Minks. With the same innovative “garage rock” spirit she started out with, Barber, alongside coproducer Joe Bissiri, began recording her debut album, Light & Sweet, at her home in Nashville.

The Minks Album Cover Light & Sweet
The Minks Album Cover Light & Sweet

The Minks hover in the space of psyche-blues and pure rock with Barber’s vocals being compared to Patti Smith and Bonnie Raitt and feature a full range of dark stompers (“J. Walker Blues”) to soft ballads (“Bring Your Lovin’ Home to Me”), all mixed with a little classic twang (“Ode to Hank”).

With fashion also being a passion of Barber’s, Nikki intertwines her throwback style with her fashion design and visual artistry, creating her own stage clothes, a unique line of merch as well as music videos that capture the often-overlooked underbelly of Nashville’s rock and roll scene.

The Minks have quickly garnered fans of fuzz guitars and melodic, vocal-driven rock and roll with live performances alongside artists such as The 5678’s, Liz Cooper and the Stampede, Bermuda Triangle, Jeff the Brotherhood and Diane Coffee and they have appeared on Lightning 100’s Sunday Night Live with Aaron Lee Tasjan and Ron Gallo.

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Lindsey Borders

Lindsey is an avid music enthusiast, and has worked in every capacity that music and entertainment have to offer. Because her parents had her young, she grew up on mostly '70s and '80s music, which was a staple in their household every day. She has interviewed a wide range of artists, actors and authors, including Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Jake Kiszka (Greta Van Fleet), Beth Hall ("Mom," "Mad Men"), Chris McNally ("When Calls the Heart"), Anna Todd (After), among numerous others. Catch her on Instagram and Facebook @talentinborders.


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