Nicole Atkins is a wonderful singer/songwriter whose style ranges from psychedelia influences to soul to Springsteen grit.
Born in Neptune, New Jersey influenced by 60’s/70’s music, neo-soul, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison crooning and music with lots of harmony.
Her latest album in 2020 “Italian Ice” with Single Lock Records showed her influences from Mavis Staples (having just worked with Mavis) collaborating with some of her friends in the industry, and songs moreso than ever are songs that you can dance to.
songs include “Domino” “AM Gold” “Mind Eraser” “These Old Roses”
An album that has been an influence with my writing was Nicole’s album “Goodnight Rhonda Lee” Single Lock Records (2017) with a vintage looking album cover art. The songs are more melancholy and finding yourself.
Classics that I conclude are classics include “A Little Crazy” , ” A Dream Without Pain” “A Night of Serious Drinking” “Colors” and “Goodnight Rhonda Lee”
Songs i’ve really enjoyed through the years by Nicole includes “Hotel Plaster” “Vultures” from Mondo Amore (2011) Razor and Tie Records https://amzn.to/3gtdylH
From her debut LP “Neptune City” Columbia (2007) I always have in my playlist “Neptune City” “War Torn” and Cool Enough. https://amzn.to/3867FX1
Other can’t miss songs are covers by Nicole such as “The Crystal Ship” by the Doors, “Vitamin C by Can” “When the Levee Breaks by Led Zeppelin” “Crying by Roy Orbison” “Bird on a Wire” by Fevers of the Mind favorite Leonard Cohen” and check out her take on “Dancing in the Dark by Bruce Springsteen” on “Dead Man’s Town: A Tribute to Born in the U.S.A.” compilation.
You should check out her other work such as:
Bleeding Diamonds EP (2006 - Columbia) Nicole Atkins Digs Other People's Songs EP (2008 - Columbia) Slow Phaser (2014 Oh'Mercy)