Nashville-based, singer-songwriter-guitarist JARED JAMES NICHOLS returns today with the official music video for his new single, “SKIN ‘N BONE,” The new song is a preview of his forthcoming EP titled SHADOW DANCER which is confirmed for release September 17 on Black Hill Records, HERE.
NICHOLS will head back out on the road for a U.S. tour starting August 10 in Iowa City, IA and running through September 2 in Memphis, TN. JARED and his band will also join the KISS KRUISEalongside KISS, Nightranger, Queensrӱche, and more. This fall, the KISS KRUISE will head to Miami, Belize, and Honduras from October 29–November 3.
Armed with one guitar–his battered-and-bruised, heavily-customized Gibson Les Paul, aka “Old Glory” — a gritty, soul-stirring voice, and an unshakable spirit, JARED JAMES NICHOLS reaffirms the power and glory of good ol’ hot-wired, blues-drenched rock ‘n’ roll. Since the beginning, NICHOLS has carved out his own singular path in the music world and his new songs reveal newfangled sides and a different level of depth to the JJN experience. On “SKIN N’ BONE,” NICHOLS takes an introspective look at what divides us as people, but also, what should unite us. Due to this past year, the timely lyrics and message came first, NICHOLS says. “The idea stems from making sure our eyes our open and coming together instead of breaking apart, and I express it all through this energetic trio. I may not be great at sitting down and having a conversation with you about my feelings, but I can play a song like ‘Skin N’ Bone’ that shows you how I’m feeling and support it with sound and with guitar and with all the bombastic craziness that I put on it.”
JARED and fellow blues titan Joe Bonamassa – came together to close out the star-studded “Gibson Live: A Celebration of Artists to Benefit Gibson Gives” concert and shared the stage for a riotous rendition of Robert Johnson’s “Crossroad” –popularized by Cream as “Crossroads”. Watch and share as Jared James Nichols and Joe Bonamassa’s perform “Crossroads” live HERE.
During the show, JARED and his band also delivered a dizzying live performance of their new single “SKIN ‘N BONE” which Guitar World magazine hailed as “gritty, anthemic. …blurring the lines between blues and hard rock with soaring bends and lyrical lead flurries.” Watch and share Jared James Nichols’ live performance of “SKIN ‘N BONE” from “Gibson Live…” HERE.
The full “Gibson Live…” concert also features Kip Moore, Warren Haynes, James Bay, Margo Price, Marcus King, Lzzy Hale, Joe Hottinger, Fer Casillas, Celisse Henderson, Jimmy Vivino, Laura Cox, Waxx, Morgan Wade, Samantha Fish, Sadler Vaden and more, raising funds for MusiCares and Save The Music. On the acoustic side, watch as JARED delivers three new acoustic versions of his songs and delves into his own songwriting process on the new American Songwriter magazine series “Behind the Mic,” recorded live at the new Gibson Garage in Nashville, HERE.
While NICHOLS is only beginning his career, he has already picked up plenty of rabid acolytes along the way. A major influence on younger guitar players, JARED has partnered with Epiphone luthiers twice in the past two years to re-create his favorite legendary Gibson models, the “Old Glory” a Les Paul Custom in Ebony and the “Gold Glory” Les Paul Custom in Double-Gold Aged Finish both of which have quickly become best-sellers. Now an official Gibson brand ambassador,
JARED is well-known for his high-energy, pick-less guitar-playing from his electrifying riff-‘n’-roll from records like his 2015 debut Old Glory & the Wild Revival, and the 2018 follow up Black Magic. JAREDhas performed over 400 live dates traveling around the world with his band and performed onstage with giants like Slash, Billy Gibbons, Joe Bonamassa, Zakk Wylde, and the late, great Leslie West, among others.