“Nikki Lunden Band offers "true" entertainment
Lunden's bombastic energy and the band's post-funk riffs really make the feet want to move.
Lunden is engaging on stage and appreciative of her fans. "The audience is everything," she says. "There's nothing more gratifying than rockin' out and seeing [the fans] rockin' out with you."
Lunden is upbeat about the difficulties of working as an artist in today's economy because "It feels so good that we keep doing it, whether the money is there or not."
“Shake hands with Nikki Lunden and you might notice besides her bright blue eyes and contagious smile, the generous set of tatoos inked up and down her arm.
One tatoo in particular - around her right bicep - is a riff from Sheryl Crow's "Ordinary Morning."
That song, she said, is why she is a musician.
"When I was 15, I discovered Sheryl Crow," the 33 year old Ft. Madison native said. "... I was listening to the song in my car and had to pull over to listen to it. "It brought tears to my eyes. At that point I realized I wanted to be a musician."
Lunden is a solo singer/songwriter and guitarist and the frontwoman for The Trollies and Nikki Lunden and The Paper Hearts. She's been on the Iowa City Music circuit since 2000, when she moved here and started her own band.
Like many musicians, Lunden's career has been riddled with change - but its a fight she won't soon give up.
"I'm use to the struggle. (But) you have to overcome the bitternes, keep pushing, keep going."”
Iowa City Press Citizen
“Nikki plays acoustic music like some folks run a jackhammer - if folks ran a jackhammer with that much passion. Original, powerful and at times thought provoking and insightful, her music has been heard with the band "The Trollies" and as a solo act, but is always folk-rock in the truest sense.”
Flying Monkey Productions
“Nikki--You never cease to amaze me. I have watched you evolve over the years,and you just get better & better every time I see you ! When I yell at you to play something you know--that is an "old school" way of saying-play one of YOUR favorites that YOU like.You are a top of the line entertainer in par with anybody. Your "dues" paying shows,and it's for the better. You are a very special talent,and have left a positive mark on countless numbers of people. I have been & always will be a fan !! KEEP JAMMIN!! I know you will,cuz you don't know how to quit. I know the feelin. 54 years for me,& I can't quit. Hope you do the same :)”
"WOW! I havn't ever seen you before, you are my idol. that was fantastic. we bought a disc. been listening ever since....Halleluiah & Tonight ( personal faves thus far.) it's on repeat. thanks for creating some fantastic music, and knockin the dust off my ears! I feel brand new."
Miranda Cole Webster, Gladstone, IL
"The one word that kept popping up in my head is strong. This is an incredible female vocalist and gutsy songwriter. If you ever get anywhere near her show, see her."
Jo and Joe Mason
"You are nothing less than one sizzling ball of perfect energy. You command a captivated audience. All eyes and ears are on you lady. Live it up, love it up, and know that the stage is all yours. Thanks for always stunning me with your brilliance."
"Very profession. I'm impressed! We're proud to have Nikki with us this year!
Cedar Rapids GLRC