Nashville country singer continues her reign

“I don't think it's far-fetched to write country songs when you're in love or out of love or even mad at someone,” Nashville singer and songwriter Nikki Lane told Alive before her show at Ace of Cups last summer. Lane returns to Ace a year later, and her no-holds-barred 2017 record, Highway Queen, sounds as fresh and vital as it did on release day, with whiskey-spiked tales of love, loss and vengeance. Blank Range, also from Nashville, opens the show. (Safe bet)