When Slash left Guns N’ Roses after finishing the Illusion tours, he did not stay around the house and relax, instead he built a home studio nicknamed Snakepit. Over the years GNR made a reputation as one of the worlds wildest bands. They brought true Hard Rock ‘n’ Roll back and their gritty Blues Rocking riffs blew me away.
According to Snakepit.org the name came from a Bartender: “SLASH was at an airport leaving for another GNR tour, and he wanted a drink but the signs said that no liquor was served there before 5 pm. SLASH asked for a drink anyway, and the bartender said….the album title”.
Hard Blues Rocker and killer guitarist Jared James Nichols
The best way to learn play blues or maybe every kind of music is by jamming. Our favourite jam spot is the bar where everyone fills in his part to the musical wonder that is live in front of you. Jared James Nichols ‘ story starts in a same way at a blues jam that his mother brought him to. “Two weeks after I got an electric guitar, I was on stage with all of these old cats from Chicago playing the blues,” he recalls.
Blues is a feeling
The Blues is a feeling, every bluesman around will tell you. It is from the soul, it is voodoo, there are enough songs around that will indicate that. Music that is so deep isn’t available on a sheet. Jared James Nichols understands that. His music is a 2014 version of the shouting blues music that was played in the juke joints of Mississippi and Chicago all the way west to California during the thirties, forties and fifties. The better, the faster, the harder blues music.
Playing for Keeps
Jared James Nichols: Blues from Wisconsin
After playing in every casino in the Wisconsin area and touring around Europe Jared James Nichols is now a blues inspired musician that reminds you of Slash and Aerosmith but also of the delta slide musicians like Lightnin’ Slim and Lightning Hopkins.
He tells Total Guitar: “In Wisconsin, I was surrounded by Indian reservations and culture,”. “I’d do casino and reservation tours as a kid. When I wrote the song (Blackfoot), I was reading about all of these badass tribes. I love that spirit and vibe inherent in Native American culture. The Blackfoot were truly bad motherfuckers. That lick is what I feel their culture represented.”
Blues from delta to hard rock
In Jared James Nichols songs you will hear diversity from hard blues rock to delta blues. For example: “Come To Me Kitchen” a Robert Johnson and a true delta blues song. “Let You Go” kicks off with a killer riff, groovy as hell. Cool about this music is blues spirit that is very clear.
I love that spirit and vibe inherent in Native American culture. The Blackfoot were truly bad motherfuckers.
On his first studio album Old Glory & The Wild Revival Jared James Nichols cooperated with producer Warren Huart (Aerosmith, The Fray). Nichols shared the stage with legends including Buddy Guy, “Honeyboy” Edwards, and “Big Jim” Johnson. He performed on SXSW and the iconic Sturgis Buffalo Chip Festival where he played alongside ZZ Top. We are guessing that we will hear a lot of this bluesman.