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Johnny Nicholas

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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. To name a few, Big Walter Horton, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Koko Taylor, Jimmie Vaughan, Nathan Abshire, Houston Stackhouse, Carol Fran, Lightnin’ Slim, Roosevelt Sykes, Arthur ‘big boy’ Crudup, BB King, Bonnie Raitt, S.P. Leary, Marcia Ball, Lazy Lester, Snooky Pryor, Robert jr. Lockwood and Johnny Shines. Johnny’s live performances and the music on his nine solo albums attest to this journey along these age-old paths. There’s no way that they couldn’t be with the life that he’s led and the people he’s known. Yes, there are people who seem to be able to stand in two places at once. Where they are now and where it all began. Destroy the illusion of time and live in the truths that spoke to you as a child. The sounds of the summer night, the train whistle and the open tuned guitar. Surely you are there at least as much as you are here.

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