Monday, September 10, 2007

Gary Nichols

Gary Nichols may be country music's new "guitar slinger," but don't mistake him for a "tenderfoot" or a "greenhorn." The hotshot instrumentalist, singing wonder and songwriting champ fits the classic definition of a "guitar slinger," but he's no novice. This is a role he was born to play. Although still in his 20s, Gary Nichols has been rocking the clubs of Northern Alabama and Southern Tennessee for nearly a decade. And that's just his most recent musical history. This is a guy who was given a ukulele at age 11 months, who was warbling tunes at age 3, who won his first talent contest at age 5, who got his first paying music job and joined his first band at age 6, who played in honky-tonks at age 7, who was touring regionally at age 13, who performed in Nashville at age 17 and who had his first recording session at age 19.

Gary Nichols began playing guitar seriously when he was 6 years old. By the time he was 9, he was also proficient on bass and drums. He started playing piano in church at age 12, and somewhere along the way, he picked up mandolin and trumpet. Oh, and he's a world-class singer to boot.

One listen to the thrilling rocker "Riverbed" or the sky-high power ballad "I Can't Love You Anymore" is enough to inform you that you are in the presence of vocal greatness. The ear-catching, alcohol-recovery song "Stay Strong," the swampy groove and survivor lyric of "No Mississippi" and the autobiographical rocker "Going Fast" demonstrate Gary Nichols' additional prowess as a songwriter.

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