Nick 13, the inimitable frontman for Southern California based rock trio Tiger Army, will release his long-awaited solo album on June 7th via Sugar Hill Records.
Nick’s self-titled debut was produced in Los Angeles and Nashville by Greg Leisz and James Intveld, with mixing duties handled by Grammy award winner Jim Scott (Wilco, Tom Petty, Dixie Chicks). Nick 13 crafts storytelling Americana songs of heartbreak, experience and passion, driven by his haunting and distinctive voice and acoustic guitar.
Nick 13 is best known as the singer, songwriter, guitarist and founder of the band Tiger Army. His solo work recalls the vintage American sounds of honky-tonk and classic California country from the middle of the last century with a modern twist. He’s already performed at Stagecoach, Hootenanny and South By Southwest.
“Nick 13 has the timbre of Chris Isaak, the tone of a young Lyle Lovett, with some Elvis and Ricky Nelson mixed in,” wrote The Press Enterprise. CMT.com declared his music to be “drenched in hillbilly electric guitar [and] coolness.”
Nick’s debut album for Sugar Hill Records features acoustic and electric guitar, standup bass, pedal steel, fiddle and much more from a wide pedigree of players who connected with 13’s genuine passion, understanding and knowledge of the history of the music and forward-thinking vision for the future. Some of the folks on the album include Lloyd Green, Sara Watkins, Josh Grange, Eddie Perez and Mitch Marine, in addition to the album’s producers Leisz and Intveld.
Nick offered fans a brief preview of his solo work during encores at Tiger Army’s 2009 “Octoberflame II” event, followed by a full unveiling on the Palomino Stage at Stagecoach last year. “Nick 13 paid earnest homage to Merle Haggard and Ray Price, both of whom [followed] him shortly on the same stage,” wrote the Los Angeles Times.
West Coast shows (including a stop at the roots-music mecca Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown, California) preceded a second major festival appearance at the 15th-annual “Hootenanny.” Playing second to last, just before Chuck Berry, Nick delivered an hour long performance the Orange County Register called nothing less than “an artistic triumph.” Earlier this year he made his first ever appearance at South By Southwest.
Nick spent much of the past two years writing and recording his debut solo album in Los Angeles and Nashville (even living above Printer’s Alley for a time) – laying down tracks like “Nashville Winter” featuring pedal steel legend Lloyd Green, the Bakersfield sound “101” and the atmospheric “Carry My Body Down”.
Nick 13 will kick off the album’s release with two back-to-back headlining shows in Los Angeles followed by a national tour in June (dates below).
June 10 The Troubadour – West Hollywood
June 11 The Troubadour – West Hollywood
June 14 Bluebird Theatre – Denver, CO
June 16 Firebird – St. Louis, MO
June 17 Radio Radio – Indianapolis, IN
June 18 Magic Bag – Ferndale, MI
June 19 Mr. Small’s Theatre – Millvale, PA
June 21 Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
June 22 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
June 24 Bowery Ballroom – NYC
June 25 Black Cat – Washington, DC
June 27 Vinyl – Atlanta, GA
June 28 Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
June 30 Lincoln Hall – Chicago IL