New York native – and new Nashville darling – Nicole Atkins is back in the spotlight. The singer has returned to the music scene after a month-long stay in rehab. She had been treated for alcohol addiction.
Atkins revealed that her time in rehab was productive in other ways. It provided inspiration for her new LP, Goodnight Rhonda Lee. She stated that she began envisioning a more “soulful” sound. Her influence? A music producer she met there. (Atkins declined to name names.)
According to Atkins, the producer said that she should stop “f—ing around” with indie rock, and honor her soul-singer instincts instead. Atkins took the foul-mouthed advice to heart. It’s immediately evident in her new single, “Brokedown Luck.” The song opens with a swanky piano riff, then quickly moves into a lively horn arrangement. Atkins co-wrote “Brokedown Luck” with Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds drummer Jim Sclavunos.
On February 21st, Atkins released an accompanying video, which has truly bizarre visuals. The video shows Atkins running through a wild party, attempting to escape from the guests around her. It’s not surprising she needs to get away: the singer is confronted by creepy puppets and Elvis impersonators.
Atkins has announced a series of spring tour dates in support of the upcoming LP. She’ll be traveling through the United States’ east coast. After two performances in March, the tour will continue during April and May. Stops include two sets in Charleston, South Carolina (at the Royal American and High Water Festival, respectively). The tour will conclude on May 5 in Woodstock, New York, where Atkins will perform at the Bearsville theater. Select dates will also include supporting appearances from Indianola.