EP Review: Jared James Nichols ~ Highwayman

HighwayManCover-smJared James Nichols
Listenable Records

This is scintillating rock blues an EP released dovetailing with his guest appearance on the Glenn Hughes UK tour, we are treated to five tracks that are perfectly formed, they are a snapshot of a Highwayman with attitude approach to vocals and guitar that energetically sums up the force that is Jared James Nichols. Opening with the Grand Funk Railroad’s 1973 single of We’re An American Band, a thumping blues rock cover with stylish backing vocals courtesy of Jessica Childress. The first of three originals takes the pace down a notch, Old Glory allowing the guitar to scorch and bounce off the rhythm section of Denis Holms and Erik Sandin this is the perfect foundation for a Highwayman of blues rock that stands and delivers so that he can travel through and explore the licks and riffs of his guitar and hooks where his vocals can dominate for a while. This track picks up where his last album left off and despite the title this opening track Old Glory is new and not on his pervious offering Old Glory and Wild Revival. The inspiration for the EP is life on the road, Jared experienced during his 70 day run in Europe and the UK earlier in 2015. The second of the carefully crafted covers is Humble Pie’s 30 Days in The Hole with additional power to the drumming added by special guest Ben Tileston. Then the Highway EP closes with two more new tracks Fallin’ Down a blues driven rock song that develops with a driving riff that pours itself around Jared’s vocals that purr, growl and when needed spit out the lyrics. Closing with Gone a prophetic title as this is a blues ballad that develops land eaves you wanting more to hear from this young rocking blues man who takes his musical inspiration from both sides of the Atlantic. There is a solution to the silence go see this talent live on tour.

Bluesdoodles gives this CD NINE pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Bluesdoodles say if this had been a full album it would have been a TEN!

Track Listing

1. We’re an American Band
2. Old Glory
3. 30 Days in the Hole
4. Fallin’ Down
5. Gone

with special guest Jared James Nichols

Saturday 17th – Southampton – Engine Rooms
Monday 19th – Norwich, – Waterfront
Tuesday 20th – Newcastle, – Tyne Theatre
Thursday 22nd – Belfast, – Limelight
Friday 23rd – Glasgow,- The Garage
Sunday 25th – Holmfirth,– Picturedrome
Monday 26th – Bilston, – Robin 2
Wednesday 28th – York, – Fibbers
Thursday 29th – Manchester, – Club Academy

Sunday 1st – London, – Electric Ballroom

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