Episode 649: Johnny Nicholas

Hello gang! My guest today, heralded blues/roots musician and songwriter Johnny Nicholas will reissue his long out-of-print 1977 album, Too Many Bad Habits, along with a special bonus disc of previously unreleased performances. The two-disc set has been completely remastered and includes the liner notes from the original Blind Pig LP release in 1977. A new set of liner notes written by acclaimed author/music critic Ed Ward will also accompany the CDs and vinyl. Featured artists on the original sessions included blues legends Big Walter Horton on harmonica and vocals, Johnny Shines on guitar and vocals and Boogie Woogie Red on piano and vocals, as well as Ray Benson and other luminaries of the original Asleep at the Wheel lineup. He'll be celebrating this re-release on Thursday, December 7th here in Austin with an instore at Waterloo Records at 5 pm and a relase party at Antone's at 9:30. Go to johnnynicholasblues.com for more info. Johnny and I have a great conversation about his storied journey following the coolest scenes in the U.S. from the late 60's to the mid 70's when he landed in Austin, his amazing recording career, his gorgeous album Fresh Air, and much, much more! I had a great time getting to know Johnny. I'm sure you will too. Let's get down!

ciao! -jg

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