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Frontman an army of one, for a while

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Nick 13 loves fronting a band, but he’s always wanted to do a solo album. And now he has.

After fronting rock band Tiger Army for 15 years, he’s taking a short break from the band to do his solo thing.

“It’s something that I’ve really wanted to do for a long time,” he said during a recent phone interview. “I enjoyed recording the country-influenced songs on the new album. I’ve been influenced by a lot of country and Americana music.”

Nick 13 of Tiger Army
With Brett Detar of Juliana Theory
WHEN: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13
WHERE: Launchpad, 618 W. Central
HOW MUCH: $12 at or 886-1251

Nick 13’s self-titled solo debut was released on June 7. It was produced in Los Angeles and Nashville, Tenn., by Greg Leisz and James Intveld, with mixing duties handled by Grammy Award winner Jim Scott, who has worked with Wilco, Tom Petty and the Dixie Chicks.

Nick 13 said over the course of years, fans have always suggested he do an album with a country flavor.

“The idea stayed with me and a couple years ago, while I was in Nashville, I recorded it,” he said. “This is the next step for me.”

Producing the album was a long process. He said he was particular about capturing the Americana sound, but still giving it his flair.

“I expected it to go quickly,” he said. “But I had to get all the songs in order and each one had to have a place on the album.”

When it came to writing songs, Nick 13 said it was a new learning experience.

“I’ve always just written at my home,” he explained. “For this album, I actually moved to Nashville and lived there for a while. It’s such a unique place and with all of the live music around, it wound up being very inspirational.”

While he’s been on tour supporting his solo work, a lot of Tiger Army fans are coming out to support him. He said the experience has been very different from that of touring with his band.

“I see Tiger Army fans out in the crowd and it humbles me,” he said. “The music is totally different, yet they are coming out to support me. That’s been one of the best things about this tour.”

Nick 13 said he’s hitting a lot of spots along Route 66 because there are a lot of venues and cities along the route that he’s never played.

“It’s been something that I’ve always been into,” he said of the historic road. “I love looking at all the places that have survived for a long time. Route 66 is a perfect place to see all of this. The venues have been great so far and it’s an exciting time for me.”