Before they hit the road together, Nicole and Indianola’s Owen Beverly teamed up to give their fans a cover of one of Nicole’s favorite childhood songs, ‘Candy,’ which was originally recorded with Iggy Pop and Kate Pierson. This release comes in celebration of the start of their spring tour. Make sure to catch Nicole and Indianola coming to a city near you this spring!
Nicole is thrilled to announce that she will be performing at the Newport Folk Festival again this summer on July 29th at the Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island. This lengdary waterfront festival will also feature some of Nicole's other favorite artists, including Brandi Carlile, Bedouin, Fantastic Negrito, Moses Sumney, JD McPherson and more. Get your blankets and lawn chairs and get ready and grab your tickets before they're gone!
In addition to Nicole’s Newport Folk Festival announcement Nicole has a slew of new tour dates this spring and summer, including select dates with Indianola and The Wild Reeds. Tickets are on sale here!
Nicole is closing out the month of March with a bang, from hitting the stage @ Carnegie Hall as part of the "Tribute to Led Zeppelin", to returning to Willie Nelson’s ranch for Luck Reunion.
Nicole kicked off March by joining Bettye LaVette, J Mascis, The Zombies, Son Little, Living Colour and many more to bring Carnegie Hall’s 15th Annual “The Music Of…” produced by Michael Dorf to life. The March 7th tribute concert narrowed in on rock n’ roll legends Led Zeppelin to raise over $100K for music education for underprivileged youth.
Nicole Atkins also returned to Texas to perform at Willie Nelson’s ranch, Luck Reunion, on the outskirts of the madness of SXSW. Nicole joined The Texas Gentlemen for their “Gents and Dames” set where she performed an impressive cover of “Stand By Your Man.” Nicole also helped create an unforgettable performance by sharing the stage with not only The Texas Gentlemen, but also Ruby Boots, Erika Wennerstrom, and Lauren Ruth Ward.
Nicole Atkins has announced the release of her soul rendition of “O Holy Night” via Paste. The track appears on Amazon Music’s “Christmas Soul” playlist, which will be available exclusively for streaming on Amazon Music—both Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music—beginning on Nov. 24. Listen to the track here.
Of the song, Atkins says: ““O Holy Night” has always been my favorite Christmas song. The first time I heard it, I burst into tears because it was so powerful. I think it was the first time I cried from music taking me over. I always wanted to record this song in a style that made it more human in a way that it could bring the message to the angels from the earth rather than the song already residing up in heaven.”
Nicole Atkins recently opened up to writer Jason Newman in this week’s Rolling Stone’s feature, crediting a hip-hop producer she met in rehab for pushing her into soul music. "One day, he's like, 'Play me your stuff.' He said, 'You're really good, but you need to stop fucking around with this indie-rock bullshit. You're a soul singer. Just do what you do.'"
Asked about the titular Rhonda Lee, which "started as my bowling alias, but became my drunken hag alias," Atkins, now sober, explained to Newman why she was ready to say "good night" to that character. "In my element, I could've been the best fucking thing you've ever seen where I'll get us a free limo ride to the party in Brooklyn and free drugs and then we'll go get steak and eggs in the morning, or I'll say horrible things to your wife," she says. "There was no telling."
Nicole is excited to announce a special collaboration with Tommy Stinson's BASH & POP on two new songs, "Too Late" and "Saturday", to be released digitally, along with a limited edition 7" on November 24 (Fat Possum Records).
Nicole Atkins has shared her new album, Goodnight Rhonda Lee, today via NPR’s First Listen. The album, Goodnight Rhonda Lee, will be coming out on July 21 on Single Lock Records. Pre-order Goodnight Rhonda Lee here. The album was recorded with Fort Worth, TX's Nile City Sound, a.k.a. producers Austin Jenkins, Josh Block, and Chris Vivion (Leon Bridges), with additional mixing by Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes).
“Atkins doesn't treat getting sober and navigating major life transitions as a somber affair… Audacious is more like it, and her album's all the more riveting for her resistance to being buttoned-up… animated by a spirit of impulsiveness, it's also very much the product of artful craft, burnished not only by the symphonic production, but her Brill Building-style grasp of rich melody and sturdy structure.” - NPR First Listen
Nicole's new single and video, "Listen Up", premiered on NPR this week, with a hilarious music video directed by Tim Duggan. The song is from her upcoming studio album, GOODNIGHT RHONDA LEE, out July 21st on Single Lock Records.
I wrote ‘Listen Up’ as a note to self, to stop beating myself up over bad self talk and fear and listen to the good advice of others. I gave it a soul meets Fraggle Rock treatment because that’s the sound of what’s real and positive to me. It’s basically, ’Don’t be your worst enemy. Surround yourself with good people and let them help you.
I came up with the concept of the video after a string of unfortunate events. After a gig I fell into a sinkhole in a parking lot in Knoxville. I got pretty hurt, but it could’ve been a lot worse. I was trying to find the humor in it so I came up with the idea of me being the star of a bunch of Fail videos ala ’America’s Funniest Home Videos.’ You really gotta look where you’re going sometimes.
Nicole has signed with the Florence, AL-based Single Lock Records to release her much anticipated new album, GOODNIGHT RHONDA LEE, recorded in Fort Worth, TX with Nile City Sound, a.k.a. producers Austin Jenkins, Josh Block, and Chris Vivion (Leon Bridges), and with additional mixing by Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes). Founded in 2013, Single Lock shot to international notoriety with releases from St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Dylan LeBlanc, Donnie Fritts and label co-founder John Paul White.
GOODNIGHT RHONDA LEE, a vintage soul album inspired legendary artists like Dusty Springfield, Candi Staton, Roy Orbison and Janis Joplin, was first heralded last November with the release of “A Little Crazy,” available now on Spotify, iTunes and Bandcamp.
NICOLE @ SXSW
13 – Fort Worth, TX – Shipping and Receiving Bar
15 – Austin, TX – Shake Up @ Weather Up (Single Lock Showcase)
15 – Austin, TX – The Parish
17 – Austin, TX – NoiseTrade & PledgeMusic Present Frye Days
17 – Austin, TX – The Beehive
Nicole is currently recording her 4th studio album with Austin Jenkins, Josh Block and Chris Vivion of Niles City Sound (Leon Bridges). Today she released a first single from the new album, “A Little Crazy”, a track she co-wrote with Chris Isaak. FREE MP3 of the song available NOW when you pre-order the new album (HERE). Or pick up the single from iTunes or Bandcamp (HERE).
We’re pleased to announce that Nicole's cover of David Bowie's "Heroes" with Postmodern Jukebox is featured in the new Heineken Anti-Drunk Driving PSA, which stars Formula One legend Sir Jackie Stewart. Check it out HERE, or by clicking the image above!
Nicole previewed a song from her new album when she performed “A Little Crazy” (a track she cowrote with Chris Isaak) on the season finale of "Roadies", with WOLF! frontman Scotty Metzger on guitar. The show also featured performances by Jim James, Eddie Vedder, Lucius, Gary Clark Jr., Jackson Browne and Robyn Hitchcock. The recording of her live performance of “A Little Crazy” is also available via Stardog Records /Republic Records as part of the soundtrack album for the show.
Watch Nicole's "Roadies" teaser video HERE.
"Roadies" soundtrack available HERE.
Nicole is in the studio recording album #4 with the amazing Austin Jenkins, Josh Block and Chris Vivion of NIles City Sound (Leon Bridges, White Denim). Preorder the new record and exclusive merch, including limited edition colored vinyl, house parties, hand-drawn illustrations from the studio and more, all available @ Pledge Music.