About Johnny

Make no mistake: Johnny Nicholas knows from the blues. His credentials? Impeccable. Conviction? Immeasurable. And chops? If an instrument’s got strings, keys, or reeds he can play the hell out of it. He’s also a consummate songwriter and a great singer blessed with a warm, toasty growl of a voice that can roll from rumble to croon and back again with seductive ease.

Marcia Ball calls Nicholas “an extremely engaging innovative traditionalist” who “writes instant classics and sings them to break your heart and rock your soul.” But the key word there is “innovative,” because as deep as his roots go — and we’re talking about a cat who learned firsthand from the likes of Robert Lockwood Jr., Howlin’ Wolf, Big Walter Horton, and Johnny Shines (to name but a few of the legends he studied under early in his five-decade career) — Nicholas does not paint in one color.

“[Johnny] learned from some of the same guys I did and he sings and plays the real down home blues!”

– BB KING, 1976 –

The Latest

Johnny Nicholas Presents ‘Moon and the Stars: A Tribute to Moon Mullican’ / American Blues Scene

The expressive new renditions of his songs on this tribute pulse with the same passion and artistic commitment that Mullican […]

Mistaken Identity Now Available


Rock & Blues Muse Review: Mistaken Identity

By Chris Wheatley Eight (studio) albums into a successful solo career, former Asleep At The Wheel frontman, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, […]

“Johnny Nicholas is one of the best bluesmen ever, black or white.”

– Stephen Bruton –

“Guitar Johnny Nicholas is a bad mother______!”

– Jimmie Vaughan –

Too Many Bad Habits

Now Available

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!

Mistaken Identity / 2020

Although the artistic career of former Asleep at the Wheel frontman Johnny Nicholas’ is well documented, his connection with South […]

Too Many Bad Habits

Heralded Austin-based blues/roots musician and songwriter Johnny Nicholas has reissued his long out-of-print 1977 album, Too Many Bad Habits, along […]

Fresh Air

Future Blues / 2012

Track Listing Hey, Hey Hell Bent Don’t Say I Never Told You So Hard Time Livin’ Roads On Fire Mister […]

Texas All Star: Big Band Bash / 2006

Track Listing Broke Again Baby I’m Gone Ironic Twist Down In The Alley Don’t Mean A Think If It Ain’t […]

Livin’ with the Blues / 2005

Track Listing Froggy Bottom Hill Top You Can’t Be Lucky All The Time I’ll Be Around Dirty People Teardrops On […]

“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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