JamBase Questionnaire: Nicole Atkins

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Careful where you walk
Remain in the light
Watch where death resides
It’ll find you from all sides

Thus begins Nicole Atkins’s new album, Mondo Amore (released February 8 on Razor & Tie), vultures flying all around before turning on quick heels to reveal equal facility with 60s girl group flavors and ballsy rock, all delivered in a snap-to-attention voice that’s part prime Janis Joplin, part top flight jazz crooner, part tough blues mama, and always dripping with pheromones and feeling. The long-awaited follow-up to Atkins’ celebrated 2007 record, Neptune City, is an ambitious yet totally listenable affair, showing off a broad range and the chops to pull all of it off with aplomb. With Mondo Amore, Atkins seals the deal on being one of the strongest new female artists in rock today, a seductress with dark-edged soul and real substance. (Dennis Cook)

Here's what Nicole had to say to our inquiries.

Nicole Atkins
1. Great music rarely happens without…

2. The first album I bought was…
Traffic’s John Barleycorn Must Die and Cream’s Wheels of Fire

3. The last song or album to really flip my wig was…
Tame Impala’s Innerspeaker

4. When I was a kid I wanted to grow up to be…
A rockstar or a pro wrestler for the WWF.

5. My favorite sort of gig is…
Festival gigs in the summertime!

6. One thing I wish people knew about me is…
I am the volcano!

7. I love the sound of…

8. One day I hope to make an album as fantastic as…
Pink Floyd's Meddle

9. The best meal I ever had on tour was at…
With A.C. Newman in Toronto. I had French onion soup dumplings and tried bone marrow and it was bangin!

10. I always find the coolest audiences in…
All of our audiences are cool!

11. The worst habit I've picked up being on the road all the time is…
Saying ‘dude’ and ‘bro’ and ‘son’ all the time

The Beatles or the Stones? Por qué?
Dumb question. Both for different reasons

13. The craziest thing I ever saw was…
I dont think I can write what that is on here, but a lesser crazy that I saw was once we had a show in Pittsburgh the same weekend as "Furryfest," which is a furry animal suit fetish fest. I saw a guy in a gasmask making out with a tiger.

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[Published on: 3/23/11]

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