Nikki Hill Heavy Hearts, Hard Fists on LP
Heavy Hearts, Hard Fists is the new album from North Carolina-bred and New Orleans-based Nikki Hill. Buoyed by her band's roaring boogie that's equal parts Staple Singers and AC/ DC, the new album sees Nikki exude a self-assured swagger as her fiery rasp preaches the rock & roll gospel: late nights, hot licks, and intoxicating love.
Raised in the church choir and steeped in R&B and garage rock rumble, Hill is a spitfire with the soul-drenched voice of Etta James and the tattooed, beehived-hair aura of Cramps' guitarist Poison Ivy. Heavy Hearts, Hard Fists is a showcase for Nikki's unfettered versatility, whether it's the debauched bluster of "Struttin'", the Stonesy barn-burning blues of "(Let Me Tell You ‘Bout) LUV", or the touching soul ballad "Nothin' With You".
Just a couple years ago, Nikki Hill was a bartender and personal trainer with an affinity for punk and a deep love for classic R&B. At her husband (and now guitar-player) Matt Hill's behest, she stepped out from behind the bar and onto the stage. The response has been ecstatic, and now the band – tours the globe relentlessly, stunning audiences with their muscular sound, Matt's volcanic leads, and, of course, Nikki's inimitable charisma.