November 16, 2011
By Chrissy Mauck
Nick 13, founder of the band Tiger Army, released his self-titled debut album for Sugar Hill Records this summer.
The offering is billed as pure Americana/country that fans would recognize in Tiger Army songs like “Outlaw Heart.” But in a recent interview with Alternative Press, Nick 13 said there is also a different feel on his solo effort.
“The first person to give me the idea of a primary songwriter making a solo record was Paul Fenech of the Meteors,” he said. “I always thought there was something cool about that: You write all the songs for the band, and there’s a certain sound people expect. But while Tiger Army has always tested those kinds of boundaries, there are certain things that relate to heaviness and aggression that aren’t part of my solo project, at all. I wouldn’t want a Tiger Army fan to pick up this record and expect what [he or she is] accustomed to.”
Co-produced by Greg Leisz (Wilco, Lucinda Williams) and James Intveld and mixed by Jim Scott (Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, Wilco), it features contributions from players like Nashville legend Lloyd Green, Josh Grange (Dwight Yoakam, k.d. lang, Dixie Chicks), Mitch Marine (Dwight Yoakam), Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek) and Eddie Perez (Dwight Yoakam, The Mavericks).
Nick 13 has spent much of the year touring in support of the album, such as this performance from last summer: