. : :September 5th, 2020 : : .
Nicole Atkins‘ fifth album, Italian Ice, was released just shy of a year ago. The world was a different place then. Sure, COVID-19 was a thing, but it was still on it’s first escalation. Musical artists were struggling with whether to postpone albums and upcoming summer tour dates amid the uncertainty and, artistically speaking, we were at a comparative standstill.
Unable to keep the LP under wraps, Nicole proceeded with the album’s release, and promoted it with radio appearances and a weekly streamed “porch performance” from her home, featuring a variety of musical guests.
The album gained some traction and favourable critical response — including Line of Best Fit, who called it “her most diverse and out of the box album yet.” This is an especially fitting compliment if you’re familiar with Nicole’s body of work.
Nicole took to the stage at Lightning 100’s Live on My Green Fest at Public Square Park in Nashville, where she performed seven of the album’s eleven tracks to music fans enjoying the brief period of respite between COVID waves.
The performance was streamed online, where I was able to capture it for posterity. As it’s an online feed, there may be an occasional drop-out from time to time, but the audio is otherwise excellent throughout.