Johnny Nicholas has spent a lifetime soaking up the flavor of such vibrant music scenes as Chicago, Southwest Louisiana and Texas ( home for 40 plus years). His repertoire of predominantly original compositions is full-spectrum Americana — a rich gumbo of blues, cajun, swing and honky tonk.
Drawing on all of the above, Nicholas’ Fresh Air was acclaimed by Downbeat magazine in their “Best album releases of 2017” list. It is a highly satisfying collection of songs and stories establishing him as a modern troubadour to be reckoned with.
His Roots music pedigree is long, deep and rich, having performed, toured and recorded with a broad spectrum who’s who of American music legends such as Bonnie Rait, Big Wa;ter Horton, Nathan Abshire, Asleep At the Wheel and Johnny Shines just to name a few.
His 2018 release “Too Many Bad Habits” limited edition reissue package box set was nominated for a 2019 Grammy.
On a local note, Johnny oversaw, and was instrumental in the restoration of Westerly’s famous night club and legendary music venue the Knickerbocker Café.