Blues firebrand Jared James Nichols has released his new Shadow Dancer EP--out September 17 on Black Hill Records, HERE. The young, Nashville-singer-songwriter-guitarist will perform with his band from the Gibson Garage in downtown Nashville today, to celebrate the release of the EP.
Next, Jared will join Black Stone Cherry for a fall U.S. tour this launching on October 5 at Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore, PA (full itinerary below). Shows for the band will include both headlining dates, as well as a special performance with Blues Traveler on October 7 at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY.
After issuing the much-acclaimed 2020 single “Threw Me to the Wolves,” which showed him stepping outside his core sound, the blues-power firebrand entered Blackbird Studios in Nashville with producer Eddie Spear (Jack White, Chris Stapleton) to record the four-song EP, Shadow Dancer. All live, tracked to tape, high-volume and no safety net, Shadow Dancer is Nichols’ most heated and varied offering yet. From the anthemic and hooky lead single, “Skin N’ Bone” to the roiling and turbulent “Saint or Fool,” the full-throttle aggro-chug of “Bad Roots” to the dark atmospherics and deep grooves of the title track, Shadow Dancer sees Nichols digging deep to conjure a set of songs infused with his characteristic passionate vocals and wild guitar pyrotechnics (throughout, his guitar, aka Old Glory acts as a second voice, singing and screaming, moaning and wailing right alongside him) while also fearlessly pushing out on his blues-rock boundaries.