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Jared James Nichols EP is the latest in a long line of guitarists to take the blues, shake them up, and deliver forth a blend of that pays homage quite nicely to ’s musical roots. Starting with Jimi Hendrix, continuing with Stevie Ray Vaughn, and extending to the present day with players such as Joe Bonamassa, the /rock, guitarist/singer genre is well-defined.

Nichols has released a -song EP, Old Glory & Revival, as his entre into the field.  The opening song Blackfoot is a classic, driving blues/ that showcases his talents as a player to that you’ll want to quietly want to put your back in its case and never pick it again. Yup, Nichols is that good.

Let You Go is a more conventional ballad that dispenses with all references to the blues. Can You Feel It, however, dives back in, right from the opening Chicago boogie riff to the extended solos.

Sometimes is the real sleeper track on the album. A song with sweet, crunchy power chords, it has distinct flavors of classic Southern —a genre which, of course, is heavily influenced by the blues. The song sounds as if it was recorded as a single take, as the rhythm drops off during Nichols’ solo, which makes that portion of the song sound a bit empty. This song might have been better served with a little overdubbing.

Take My Hand—now this is a song that starts that way people would expect a song to open up – with laid-back, slide guitar. After a few bars the electric cranks and the tune really gets rocking. There are a few interludes where the slide riff repeats, just enough to provide contrast and flavor.

’s are usually used by new and upcoming as a “starter kit,” both to familiarize themselves with the recording process, and to familiarize consumers that they have arrived on the scene.  In Jared James Nichols’ case, he has arrived in style.

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