Coming from confirmed California psychobilly heroes Tiger Army, lead singer and guitarist Nick 13 strikes a surprising pose as a country crooner, but with his self-titled debut this summer on Sugar Hill Records, the heavily tattooed artist proves that he's no novice when it comes to the genre. His smart and sharp flattop screams George Jones, but his dark, hip-swiveling quiver of voice screams Chris Isaak and Dwight Yoakam. His debut disc is making mainstream country heads take notice, fitting in well with fellow hell-raisers like Jamey Johnson, while also being able to hang with the likes of Jason Isbell and Justin Townes Earle. He didn't skimp on the guests either, with Nickel Creek's Sara Watkins laying down fiddle on the collection of cuts, and steel guitar legend Lloyd Green chipping in his own magic. A novice would say that Nick 13 is helping convert rockabilly folk to cowboy boots and pearl snaps, but we all know that the two styles of twang already go hand in hand. Just hang around Continental Club off Main long enough and your mind will change.
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