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Jared James Nichols

Q&A With Wisconsin-born, Los Angeles-based Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist, Jared James Nichols

Wisconsin-born, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter and guitarist, Jared James Nichols will support American hard rock Band L.A. Guns on their UK tour.

The tour follows the release of Jared’s latest studio album Black Magic and his UK tour with Stone Broken & The Bad Flowers in February/March 2018.

 

TOUR DATES:

31 Aug: O2 Islington Academy, London
01 Sep: Muni Arts Centre, Pontypridd
02 Sep: Riverside, Newcastle
04 Sep: The Robin 2, Bilston
05 Sep: Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
06 Sep: Rebellion, Manchester
08 Sep: Tivoli, Buckley

Over the past four years Jared has built up a solid  reputation as a stunning heavy edged blues rock act and stage beast, having shared stages with the likes of ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Zaak Wylde, Glenn Hughes, Walter Trout, Blue Oyster Cult, UFO and Saxon. 

All those tours were executed within a short period of time in support of his highly acclaimed debut album “Old Glory & The Wild Revival”. Jared has quickly reached international status and has continued to deliver crashing propulsive blues tones with soulfully insane guitar solos.  It’s raw, raucous, and righteously real.

 

Jared James Nichols
Syndicated Q&A
“L.A. Guns 2018 UK Tour”
August 2018

1. You latest album is called Black Magic – what was the idea behind calling the album that?

The title came from the blues. It’s wild that they used to consider it evil and named it ‘The Devils Music’. If that is the case, then I am definitely a student in the ‘Black Magic’ of the blues. I feel everything I play starts from there and grows organically into its own thing. Real blues is still the heaviest and most powerful music I have ever heard.

2. You recently posted a photo from a music video shoot – can we look forward to new music?

Absolutely! It’s funny, I actually have not stopped writing since recording ‘Black Magic’. For me, it’s part of my life, I can’t turn it off and on, the wheels seem to be always spinning.

3. Is there anything you can tell us about the new album?

It is raw and real. I have stripped down my approach, trying to get closer to the actual power and emotion in the music. What you’ll hear on the record is what you’ll get live. I’m very excited for people to hear it.

4. What’s the best gig that you’ve been to or has inspired you the most?

I would have to say The Allman Brothers in 2004. I was completely knocked out! Between Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks on guitar, I was in absolute heaven. It was one of those moments where everything made sense. I am still inspired by that show…

5. What is your favourite part of touring and what is your least favourite part of it?

I honestly love touring. Every day is a brand new adventure. It’s amazing to meet people all around the world and share my music with them. It’s crazy to think of all of the countries and stages I’ve been able to play. My least favourite part is the jet-lag. It is the worst.

6. What’s your favourite UK venue so far, and why do you like it so much?

Can share some memories about this venue? Wow, hard to choose. I can’t pick just one. We have played everywhere from Ramblin’ Man to Stone Free Fest, all the way to small pubs and everything in between. I love touring in the UK, the audiences there just ‘get it’. Every show is special.

7. Do you have a pre-show ritual? If so what is it?

Not really. I like to sit with my guitar a few minutes before the show and play a couple licks. Then I’ll do a few push-ups to get the blood flowing. That’s all I need to get ready to rock.

8. What is the one item, apart from your guitar, that you need to take on tour with you?

My eye contact lenses. Otherwise I’ll basically be blind! Haha.

9. How do like to relax on a day off during a tour?

Usually I’ll wake up, workout, and have a good meal. Then I’ll write a bit and play guitar. No days off.

10. What’s the best part about playing live?

The audience interaction. Being in the moment and putting on the best performances I can. I love the energy and power of live shows. It’s my favourite thing in the whole world.

 

Jared James Nichols Biography

You can’t teach the blues. It’s not something that can be codified in music books or learned on YouTube. It goes much deeper than that and it comes from the inside. It’s about the way the guitar strings are bent and the sound gets transmuted directly from a player’s soul.

It’s simple. Either you’ve got it, or you don’t. Jared James Nichols has definitely got it. The Wisconsin-born, Los Angeles-based singer, writer and guitarist’s first LP “Old Glory & The Wild Revival” channeled blues grit and gusto through bombastic arena-size rock ‘n’ roll. It’s raw, raucous and righteously real.

As soon as he got his first guitar at 14-years-old, the stage immediately called to Jared. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that he grew up minutes away from The Alpine Valley Resort—where Stevie Ray Vaughan performed his last show. However, no divine coincidence could truly foreshadow just how adept at the six-string he would become. He personally traces the beginning of his story back to a blues jam that his mother brought him to.

“Two weeks after I got an electric guitar, I was on stage with all of these old cats from Chicago playing the blues,” he recalls with a smile. “The music immediately resonated with me. It was all about the feeling and the soul behind it. None of these guys were music nerds. They were true blues guys playing what they felt. That power and reality struck a chord in me.”

Soon, he found himself practicing for twelve hours every day. Hitting up the local jams, he ended up sharing the stage with legends including Buddy Guy, “Honeyboy” Edwards, and “Big Jim” Johnson as well as opening for Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Derek Trucks. By his 21st birthday, he had logged over 500 gigs. After a short stint at Berklee School of Music in Boston, he headed out to Los Angeles where he garnered numerous accolades at the world-renowned Musicians Institute, winning the 2010 Jerry Horton guitar contest, the 2011 Les Paul tribute contest, and the 2011 “Outstanding Guitarist” award. 2012 saw him release his debut EP, “Live at the Viper Room”, gaining the notice of both Guitar World and Guitar Player and inking a deal with Sony/MTV’s Hype Music Publishing.

The last four years has seen Jared team up for recordings with Aerosmith engineer Warren Huart, Classic Rock Legend, Eddie Kramer (Hendrix, Humble Pie, Zeppelin), Bob Marlette (Skynyrd) Tony Perry (son of Aerosmith’s Guitar Legend, Joe Perry), Drummer, Jonathan Mover (Joe Satriani) and Producer/Mixer Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Stone Sour)

On stage, it truly comes to life with his power trio rounded out by the Swedish born Rhythm Section of Erik Sandin (Bass) and Dennis Holm (drums). Jared’s presence becomes amplified with guitar in hand. Audiences have experienced that everywhere from his performances at NAMM and SXSW to European tours supporting Lynyrd Skynyrd, Zakk Wylde, Walter Trout and Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple fame.

In 2016 Jared was featured in a mini documentary feature series called “Uncharted” sponsored by Honda thru Uproxx.com. In just 2 weeks the clip had been streamed over 4 million times and led to 2 Festival bookings at The Stone Free Festival at London’s 02 Arena and Azkena Rock Festival in Spain.

He continued to trek across the Globe in 2017 supporting a US Tour with UFO & Saxon in March- April, followed by summer festival dates at Hellfest, France (supporting Aerosmith) Ramblin’ Man Festival, England and Steelhouse, Wales. He has also been featured in numerous YouTube videos including hosting the vintage guitar show “Fretted Americana” which have already attracted 150,000+ views.

His second full length album, Black Magic was released on Friday 13th October 2017. All tracks on the album were recorded at The Boneyard in Boston as well as Johnny Depp’s home studio in Los Angeles and produced and co-written by Tony Perry and Jared James Nichols.

Ultimately, he lives up to that idea of Revival from his debut album’s title. “I want people to get excited,” he concludes. “I want them to feel like anything is possible in this music. I want them to know great blues rock exists. If I can give someone the same inspiration I was blessed with, I’ve done something right.”

About Richard Bolwell

Richard Bolwell is a freelance concert and tour photographer and co-founder and Editor in Chief of MNPR Magazine. Richard can more often than not be found in the photo pit at gig and on the seldom occasion seen without a camera, he is simply enjoying the music and soaking up the atmosphere with his friends and colleagues.

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