Sure, you know of Nick 13, the face and songwriter for the scrappy, rockabilly-fied outfit Tiger Army. But are you familiar, my dear Hootenannian, with Nick 13—drumroll please—The Solo Artist. Well, apparently Nick’s been hankering for some soulful twang after manning many hours cranking out retro-punk—though the country music style is one he’s dipped his brush into on more than a few prior occasions. Check out Tiger Army songs like “Outlaw Heart” (the song title alone bleeds the genre’s ethos), “In the Orchard,” “The Long Road” and “Where the Moss Slowly Grows”—compositions that span the 1999-2007 timeframe. Mix-mastering a mélange of hillbilly, honky-tonk and bluegrass, Nick 13 has now fully fleshed out his musical, vintage-inspired expansion. He spent last year brainstorming and writing music for his new, rootsier solo project and even found the time to road test his new venture. This took place—appropriately enough—during a Tiger Army show last October that had his usual three-man band turn into a quintet. A solo album is in the wings (sometime this year) and Nick showcased his new incarnation locally with an appearance at the Stagecoach Festival in Indio (an event brought to you by the wizards behind Coachella) this past April. But if you’re still jonesin’ for some Americana, try today’s special show at Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace and get your Nashville on. Wow. Tiger Army’s frontman and main songwriter is channeling his inner Merle Haggard. How punk rock is that?
Nick 13 (of Tiger Army) w/Tim Easton at Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, 53688 Pioneertown Rd., Pioneertown, (760) 365-5956; www.pappyandharriets.com, www.myspace.com/nick13. Thurs, July 1. 7PM. Tickets $10. All ages.