1. A Little Crazy
2. Darkness Falls So Quiet
3. Listen Up
4. Goodnight Rhonda Lee
5. If I Could
7. Brokedown Luck
8. I Love Living Here (Even When I Don't)
10. A Night of Serious Drinking
11. A Dream Without Pain
To borrow a phrase from heaven's new poet laureate, Leonard Cohen, Atkins was "born with the gift of a golden voice." But somewhere along the way she misplaced it. Goodnight Rhonda Lee is the story of Nicole finding her voice, and how, in doing so, she went a little crazy. Her new husband loved her and doted on her, but she felt nothing. She traced it back to her drinking and decided to try to learn to live without booze. But that first day of sobriety brought with it an unexpected additional test -- Nicole's dad was diagnosed with lung cancer. This Jersey girl, whose big voice was tethered to a big heart suddenly faced a real problem. "It toughened me up," she says. And the songs started to come. Beginning with "Listen Up," a wake-up call to a lucky girl who hadn't realized how lucky she'd been, Nicole started to find her redemption in these songs. During one of her final nights before her exodus from Asbury Park to Nashville, a song came to her in a dream. I Love Living Here Even When I Dont summed up the complicated feelings she experienced as she said goodbye to the only real home she'd ever known. In Nashville Nicole found herself writing songs that examined "feelings of separation and being scared of new surroundings." In particular, the songs "Sleepwalking" and "Darkness Falls" echo like ghosts through an empty house.
Features a collaboration with old friend Chris Isaak, teh instant classic, "A Little Crazy." - For fans of "Roy Orbison, Lee Hazelwood, Sinatra, Aretha, Carole King and Candi Staton. As Nicole explains it, "This record came to me at a time of deep transition. Some days were good, some not so good. What I did gain, though, from starting to make some changes and going inward, and putting it out on the table, was a joy in what I do again. Joy in the process and a newfound confidence that I dont think I've ever had until now. The album title, Goodnight Rhonda Lee, also came from those feelings. Rhonda Lee was kind of my alias for bad behavior, and it was time to put that persona to bed."