Homegrown Tiger Army frontman readies solo set 

He sprang from the underbelly of Berkeley, a crew-cutted psychobilly madcap who debuted his full-throttle Tiger Army combo at 924 Gilman way back in 1996. But now Nick 13 is all grown up, and dutifully exploring his alt-country heritage with a self-titled new solo set, hitting June 7 on the classy Sugar Hill imprint. And he’s dead serious about the endeavor. He even relocated to Nashville for a while to compose it, residing above the city’s historic Printer’s Alley. A key cut he penned there: “Nashville Writer,” of course.

So get ready, Tiger Army acolytes – the man is more about Doc Pomus craftsmanship than Elvis Presley slapback these days. And he recruited brilliant artists Greg Leisz and the sorely-underrated James Intveld to produce the record, as well as play on it, alongside his Bakersfield-retro lineup of fiddle, pedal steel and standup bass. He’s already debuted the sound at Stagecoach last year, but if you’re curious about it you can sample the track “Carry My Body Down” at www.sugarhillrecords.com, or tune in to www.myspace.com/nick13. Stay tuned for more on our hometown hero.

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