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Nikki Lane: Meet Nashville's coolest new songbird

Nikki Lane is channelling Nashville, and mixing hillbilly glamour with high-octane twang

“All the stuff I love comes from rodeo queens,” says Nikki Lane. “It’s glamorous but it’s got humour in it.”

We’re sitting on the porch of Lane’s big, rambling red house in East Nashville, with her dogs, Clyde and Cash, nudging us for attention. One of Music City’s most captivating new artists, the 32-year-old singer is talking about her fashion sense, which rolls gabardine, fringe and sleek-fitted suits into a retro-glam kapow that’s a refreshing change from what Lane calls the “mall clothes” of many modern country artists. Serious about fashion, Lane even runs her own vintage western-wear shop, called High Class Hillbilly. “I like performers who have character, who are characters,” she says.


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