Nicki Bluhm, "Battlechain Rose"
Nicki Bluhm's new album To Rise You Gotta Fall is out today, marking her first studio release since parting ways with both her band the Gramblers and her fellow band member/husband Tim Bluhm. One of the LP's standout tracks is "Battlechain Rose," a Ryan Adams co-write that chronicles the emotional difficulties she faced in the wake of her divorce and her relocation from San Francisco to Nashville. The track retains the Americana rock sensibilities of her earlier work, but incorporates a smoky Southern Gothic vibe that fits the difficult subject matter. B.M.