Nashville singer/songwriter Nicole Atkins returns to our shores in April for a string of headline shows. Having performed again just before Christmas with friend and collaborator Jim Sclavunos from the Bad Seeds, Nicole will play her fifth London show in 18 months at The Lexington on 30th April.
As previously announced, Nicole recently unveiled her take on the Guns N’ Roses classic ballad, 'November Rain', as a duet with Mark Lanegan which can be heard below.
UK Tour April
Thurs 4th - Glasgow Blue Arrow
Fri 5th - Chester St Mary's Creative Space
Sun 7th - Newcastle The Cluny 2
Tues 9th - Norwich Arts Centre
Weds 10th - Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Tues 30th - London The Lexington
Nicole found her inspiration for the 'November Rain' cover while staying at a cosy Vermont Inn, a retreat from the usual corporate hotel digs provided while on tour. At the inn, Atkins found herself having strange dreams, one of which inspired the track. she explains, “I dreamt that I was in an old tower and I was singing an old ’60s country-style duet of the Guns n’ Roses song “November Rain,” and it sounded awesome. I immediately woke up and sang it into my phone the way I heard it.”
Returning to her home in Nashville, Atkins gathered a group of musician friends and headed into the studio to record the song as she dreamt it. Missing a duet partner, she called upon The Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan to complete the track., “I still didn’t know who I’d get to sing it with me and then I thought, “well who’s the best living singer?” For me it’s Mark Lanegan... Mark and I have been talking about singing together now for over ten years so this seemed like the perfect time to do it. I figured I didn’t have anything to lose by asking and it turned out exactly as I’d pictured.” Lanegan adds, “Doing this song was a blast. It combined two of my favourite things: Nicole’s beautiful voice and GNR.”