Time is a river and you can never step in the same river twice. It’s all gonna change, but what came before shapes what comes after. There are certain people who seem to be in both places at once.
Johnny Nicholas has played music and rambled with some of the most original and artistically powerful individuals of the American 20th century.
just to name a few…..
Big Walter Horton, Mississippi Fred Macdowell, Koko Taylor, Jimmie Vaughan, Nathan Abshire, Houston Stackhouse, Carol Fran, Lightnin Slim, Roosevelt Sykes, Arthur ‘big boy’ Crudup, BB King, Bonnie Rait, S.P. Leary, Marcia Ball, Lazy Lester, Snooky Pryor, Robert jr. Lockwood and Johnny Shines.
music, myths, trains and rivers.
they’re all a journey…
“My friend Johnny Nicholas writes and sings from way down inside, and plays every instrument with grit and grace. His talent is deep and wide, like his soul and his heart. And he has some songs that slay me. Just slay me.”
– Walt Wilkins 2016 –
“Johnny learned from some of the same guys I did
and he sings and plays the real down home blues!”
– BB KING, 1976 –
“Guitar Johnny Nicholas is a bad mother______!”
– Jimmie Vaughan –
A Tribute to Moon Mullican
Chances are, if you haven’t heard of Moon Mullican, you’ve either heard his music or felt his influence. Revered for perfecting a wildly eclectic yet seamlessly organic blend of genres, Aubrey “Moon” Mullican (1909 – 1967) was an agile piano player and a fervent singer who described the rambunctious side of his hybrid repertoire as “East Texas sock” that could “make goddamn beer bottles jump on the tables!”
This brand new tribute to Moon comes straight from the Texas hill country, presented by Valcour Records’ recording artist and former Asleep at the Wheel frontman Johnny Nicholas with an all-star cast paying homage to this rather unsung hero of American Roots music.
“Johnny Nicholas is one of the best bluesmen ever, black or white.”
– Stephen Bruton –
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