On July 12, The People’s Label released the latest CD by renowned Texas musician, Johnny Nicholas. While Nicholas’ new album may be entitled Future Blues, its roots lie in the past. The music on Future Blues is a living, breathing (and crooning, jumping, swinging) entity, as full of life and vigor as a group of gifted Lone Star musicians can make it.
The cast of stellar players Nicholas and producer/bass player Bruce Hughes assembled for the Future Blues sessions are steel and slide guitarist Cindy Cashdollar (Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Paul Butterfield), drummer John Chipman (Band of Heathens), accordion and keyboardist Joel Guzman (Joe Ely), guitarist Scrappy Jud Newcomb (Ian McLagan, The Resentments) with some special guest par excellence Jimmie Vaughan.
Johnny’s East Coast beginnings include musical alliances with the likes of Duke Robillard (Roomful of Blues) and Fran Christina (the Fabulous Thunderbirds).
Johnny has toured, played and recorded with many true blues legends including:
Robert Lockwood Jr., Johnny Shines, Big Walter Horton, Roosevelt Sykes, Robert Pete Williams, One String Sam, Eddie Taylor, Billy Boy Arnold, Houston Stackhouse, and Boogie Woogie Red.
He recorded and toured with Johnny Shines and Snooky Pryor, producing and playing guitar on their W.C. Handy Award-winning album Back to the Country.
Future Blues reunites Nicholas, Hughes, and Cashdollar after their successful collaboration with Geoff Muldaur, Stephen Bruton and Jim Kweskin on the 2008 acoustic blues Texas Sheiks project.
Johnny and his touring band, which includes Hughes, Cashdollar and Newcomb will be playing dates in support of the release.