IS an original midwestern roots rock band based in Iowa City, Iowa, fronted and led by long time local music icon Nikki Lunden. You are guaranteed to get a rockin' high energy show whether you see the full 5 piece band, Trio with Marty and Smudge or even just the duo of Nikki and Smudge. Nikki and the boys dedication to their music and each other shines in every performance. You can FEEEEEEL it!! If your looking to hear some serious songwriting that brings a golden smile to your face and warmth in your heart, you better get a load of this band!
If you're in the Iowa City area and go out to see live music a lot, I'd bet you've come across our Pedal Steel player Marty Letz - he seems to be everyone's go-to guy around here and plays with quite a few bands and artists in our local music scene. We are super thrilled to have Marty working with us as my wing man. His pedal style is very ethereal and original and brings many spices to the main dish making for some delicious ear candy!
On drums we have my bestie Seth "Puma" Koenig who has played with me for a million years - well ok, its only been 19 but it feels like a lifetime LOL. Puma has been with me since our first band The Trollies (est. 2000) and several other incarnations of my music. Although we've both come and gone from Iowa City here and there, we're forever bandmates and I'll work with no one else when it comes to the drum kit.
Then we have our gentle giant Dennis Wendt on bass. Dennis joined Puma and I in the later years of The Trollies and when I decided to come home Dennis was a natural choice for me. I don't think I finished my sentence before he said he'd love to play with us again.
And of course The One and Only Smudge (Ed Hudgens) on hand percussion. Smudge is my business partner, father in-law (ex) and biggest supporter. Without him, we would not have this great new gear and space to make our music! If you haven't seen him play with us from previous years, you can't miss him rockin' out on his gargantuan percussion set up! He brings such life to the show and some super tasty parts that adds another dimension to our sound.
Oh yeah, and then there's me! Nikki Lunden is my name and I'm the leader of this band of misfits. I am the lone songwriter of our band and have been a working musician since 1998. I am also bonafide Sound Engineer and can be spotted around Iowa City from time to time sitting behind the console of some rockin' show. I also fronted L.A. based band Lunden Reign whose music and videos and experience I am very proud of. You can find goodies for Lunden Reign at: https://www.youtube.com/user/LundenReign and https://lundenreign.com
For the sake of getting tight with each other again and getting out gigging right away, initially we've be focused on a lot of the material from our previous concoctions. We anticipate some new material to be unveiled by the beginning of the year with some sneak peaks through the winter months. Keep your eyes and ears open, we're gonna be hitting it pretty hard very soon!! I hear there is a live album about to be released!
Keep on Rockin' Ya'll! <3 Nikki
Currently we're booking dates for:
Natural Habits - Nikki, Marty Letz - pedal steel, Dennis Wendt - bass, Seth "Puma" Koenig - drums, Smudge - hand percussion
Natural Habits Trio - Marty Letz - pedal steel,Smudge - percussion)
Nikki Lunden Solo - with The One and Only Smudge
The Trollies - Nikki "Stick" Lunden, Natalie "Sweet Mango" Brown - violin, Adam "Dickens" Grosso - bass, Seth "Puma" Koenig - drums. (Limited Availability)
You can reach me directly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Oh yeah, we also do private parties so be sure to reach out if you think the band or my solo sound is just what you're looking for to set the mood :)