Though I’ve never lived there, my New Jersey roots run deep–Mom and Dad met at Freehold High School, alma mater of The Boss (though they predated him by six years or so), and I have various aunts, uncles, and cousins still scattered throughout the state.
I first saw Nicole Atkins at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park opening for the local band Highway 9, who were celebrating the release of their major label debut (which went nowhere, btw.). Nicole was the opening act, solo acoustic, and she was memorable enough I signed up on her email list that night. I still get emails from that list on a fairly regular basis, many years later.
Anyway, Nicole released a great album a while back, Neptune City, which she’s still out there promoting. Here’s a clip I found tonight from her set at Lollapalooza a couple of days ago–sound’s not the greatest, so if you really want to hear what she can do, check out the tracks on her Myspace.