“700 000 rednecks, that’s what it takes to get to the top”. Nikki Lane starts her new album Highway Queen with that song and I wondered for a short moment if she talks about a presidential election or the dreams of a country singer reaching mainstream success.
Nikki Lane has been called the queen of outlaw country, she’s one of the relatively few strong women on the country stage. Lane has said that many of her new songs are autobiographical, so Highway Queen, the title track is about a woman touring through a big country.
Sixty thousand miles of blacktop
Countless broken hearts between
Winding lines of white that don’t stop
Living the life of the highway queen
She’s a siren, leaves you pining
Haunts your mind like a melody
If you can tie her down, you can bottle lightning
But the highway queen don’t need no king