Nikki Speake is a singer and songwriter from Dadeville, Alabama who started writing dark country numbers at 16. Her first band was an all-girl punk band, Whistle Bait, from Auburn, Alabama which frequently opened for such acts as the Legendary Shack Shakers and the Immortal Lee County Killers. She was the songwriter and frontwoman for the Auburn band, Virgil Otis, which was featured in Southeastern Performer and played the inaugural kickoff for the now famous Old 280 Boogie in Waverly, AL. Since moving to Atlanta, she has played in many local bands, and currently plays bass in Shantih Shantih and is one of the vocalists and songwriters in Midnight Larks. Over this time period, she has opened for Shannon and the Clams, Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires, the Coathangers, Gringo Star, the Woggles, Deep Sea Diver, King Kahn and the Shrines and Southern Culture on the Skids to name a few. She has played major music festivals such as the Sweetwater 420 Fest with Cypress Hill and Ben Harper; Project Pabst with Mastodon, Santigold and Run the Jewels, and is set to play Music Midtown in September 2017.
She has been honored with a super group of Atlanta musicians, dubbed "The Phantom Callers," which include:
Anna Kramer//Bass and Backing Vocals: Atlanta's Sweetheart of Rock-n-Roll! Everyone loves Anna, and her music. She has been a fixture in the Atlanta community for over 15 years, she currently tours internationally as a solo artist, with her band, Anna Kramer and The Lost Cause, and as lead guitarist in Shantih Shantih. Her many noted performances include a duet with the band Weezer, as well as sharing the bill with a range of acts from icons, Ronnie Spector, Wanda Jackson and Country Legend Charlie Louvin, to Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, Andrew Bird, Mudhoney and Tommy Ramone of The Ramones.
Check her out at http://annakramermusic.com/
Aaron Mason//Lead Guitar: Aaron Mason first moved to Atlanta in 1996. He was a founding member of the instrumental group Ocelot, a main stay of the Atlanta Rock scene from 1998 through 2002. After that he worked as a guitar teacher and co-conspirator with many of ATL’s finest until 2007. He disappeared to the land of Austin, TX until 2014. While there, he crafted his chops in all of the roots of Rock Music while hustling away in the freedom of lance world. After a few years back in Atlanta, Ga, he has re-established himself as a Georgia musician with Blake Rainy and His Demons, Timmy James & the Blue Flames, and now, Nikki and the Phantom Callers.
Russell Owens//Drums: Russell hails from North Carolina, and is an all around great musician and songwriter - he can play it all. A few of his former projects include Batata Doce, Coma Girls, Mermaids, Dog Bite, Missile Command, Starfighter and Hawkeye Pierce. He currently plays guitar and shares songwriting duties in Roadkill Debutante.
“Nikki Speake is returning to her roots. Listeners may recognize her honeyed voice from her work in local groups Midnight Larks and Shantih Shantih, but her new cut shows her embracing the country sounds she grew up with.”