Johnny Nicholas has spent a lifetime soaking up the flavor of such vibrant music scenes as Chicago, Southwest Louisiana and Texas (which he’s called home now for nearly 40 years). His music is full-spectrum Americana — a rich gumbo of not just blues, but cajun, swing, folk, and barrelhouse rock ’n’ roll.
Nicholas’ most satisfyingly eclectic collection of original American roots music yet, Fresh Air has just been acclaimed by Downbeat magazine by being included in their “Best album releases of 2017 list It finds him drawing on all of the above and deep into his soul for words of wit, wisdom, and heart. As the esteemed writer Bill Bentley puts it best, “He’s someone who cares about being real, and the hell with everything else…”
“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 –
“Johnny Nicholas is one of the best bluesmen ever, black or white.”
– Stephen Bruton –
Heralded Austin-based blues/roots musician and songwriter Johnny Nicholas has reissued his long out-of-print 1977 album, Too Many Bad Habits, along with a special bonus disc of rare, previously unreleased performances. The two-disc set has been completely remastered and includes the liner notes from the original Blind Pig LP release in 1977. A new set of liner notes written by acclaimed author/music critic Ed Ward will also accompany the CDs and vinyl. Featured artists on the original sessions included blues legends Big Walter Horton on harmonica and vocals, Johnny Shines on guitar and vocals and Boogie Woogie Red on piano and vocals, as well as Ray Benson and other luminaries of the original Asleep at the Wheel lineup. Rated by Goldmine Magazine as one of the Top Ten Albums of the year!
“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 –
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