Nikki Lane bounces back in style with ‘Denim & Diamonds’; Catch her at the Manship next week | Entertainment/Life

Nikki Lane, one of country music’s most recognizable voices, is on a marathon tour.

Stopping by the Manship Theater on Wednesday, the month-long trek began on September 24, the day after the release of “Denim & Diamonds,” her first album in five years.

Lane’s classic country inspirations include Hank Williams, Waylon Jennings and the late Oct. 4 leading lady of country, Loretta Lynn.

In 2017, Lynn and Lane dueted the country star’s first No. 1 hit, “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind),” on “CBS This Morning.” They had met in 2016 over Memorial Day weekend.

“I felt like we still knew each other,” Lynn told CBS reporter Anthony Mason. “I don’t know, maybe we would have met in another life!”

“She was a hero that I could stand beside,” Lane said of Lynn on Monday. “It was easy to feel like a kindred spirit with her.”

Like Lynn, Lane is a woman who isn’t afraid to speak her mind.

“It’s a big part of my upbringing,” the South Carolina native said. “But also because women like Loretta gave me the confidence to push my own narrative as a musician.”

Lane’s determination and honesty show in “Try Harder”, the foundation song of “Denim & Diamonds”.

“It made me want to do the whole album,” she said of “Try Harder.”

Despite being a soldier, Lane was worn down following her 2017 album, “Highway Queen.”

“I needed to say I was quitting,” she explained at the time. “And, in order for people to give me the space to stop moving for a second, I had to signify that I was stopping. Fortunately, the pandemic did that for everyone.

There was another reason, beyond weariness, for Lane’s sabbatical.

“I needed people to know,” she says, “that if they found people I wanted to work with, I would. Otherwise, I was just going to sit at home and work on all my other work. I told everyone, ‘If you don’t have any ideas, don’t call me.’ ”

The recommendations Lane received proved a cure for his reluctance to re-enter the recording studio. Queens of the Stone Age frontman Joshua Homme produced the ‘Denim & Diamonds’ album, co-wrote the key song, ‘Try Harder’, and brought his bandmates along with Arctic’s Matt Helders Monkeys at the sessions.

Another recommendation, Nashville songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Gabe Simon, co-wrote songs for the album with Lane.

Lane hopes she doesn’t have to threaten to quit the music industry for her next album to come to fruition.

“But hitting a wall served me well,” she said. “Not the bottom, because I didn’t feel like that – but sometimes you have to come to a stopping point to start again.”

Of all the things Lane does in music, singing in the studio is her favorite.

“It’s the moment I treasure the most and the thing I do the least,” she said. “But once you’ve made the material, you have to work with it for many miles and a lot of time.”

After his time away from music, Lane’s current inclination is to say “yes” to everything.

“I’ll never forget,” she recalls, “when I once spoke to an older musician in California outside of a concert. He said, “I know it’s tiring that they call all the time, but one day they’ll stop calling. I don’t know if that’s true for everyone, but I know you should live, to some extent, as if it could be true.

Lane’s current tour took the singer to her native South Carolina earlier this month for a performance at the Riverfront Revival festival hosted by Darius Rucker in North Charleston. She grew up in Greenville before moving to Los Angeles and then New York.

Moving from New York to Nashville, Lane first supported himself in Music City by opening his still-operating High Class Hillbilly boutique. She is passionate about vintage clothing and jewelry, antiques and unique handcrafted items.

“The boutique was a way for me to become a country singer,” she said. “I love them both, so I keep them both.”

Nikki Lane

7:30 p.m. Wednesday

Manship Theater, 100 Lafayette Street.

$30-$40

manshiptheatre.org Where nikkilane.com

Sarah C. Figueiredo