Nick 13Those familiar with California band Tiger Army probably wouldn't classify the band as "country" in any way, shape, or form--except maybe for a bit of a country-leaning song here and there in what's basically ID'd as a punk/psychobilly catalog.
However, frontman Nick 13 has loved country music for years, and when he decided to put out a solo project, he went ahead and followed his heart in that direction. He turned to his impeccable list of classic influences--Hank Sr., Carl Perkins, Ray Price, George Jones, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard--to guide his music. He even pulled himself out of Los Angeles and moved to Nashville in order to get the sound just right.
The result was his self-titled debut, which showcases a surprisingly lovely vintage feel, calling to mind dusty roads, vinyl record players, static-y radio, and subdued but powerful emotion. Nick additionally has an amazing voice that lends itself well to the genre: Not that of a Tennessee or a Texas country boy, but just what he is--a California singer.
If you haven't had the chance to check him out at Stagecoach or South by Southwest, here's a good opportunity to get acquainted. We at Yahoo! Music have the premiere of his brand-new video for "Carry My Body Down." If you're already a fan, enjoy--if you're new, be sure to let me know what you think!