Cincinnati, Ohio: Where the south meets the Midwest. It’s also the best way to describe the music of Kentucky-born Singer/Songwriter Nicholas Johnson; Southern roots meets Midwest rust belt rock. His EP Shady Pines Vol. 1 puts all of that on display by crafting heartbreakingly genuine songs in the spirit of songwriting heroes like Tom Petty, Jason Isbell, or Jeff Tweedy.
His latest project, “This is Home” (Ammonia Records, 2019) is a high-spirited collaboration between Nicholas and Italian singer-songwriter and Virgin Radio personality, Andrea Rock. The split-album serves as a love letter to Johnson’s adopted home of Milan, Italy and also a celebration of the winding roads and friendships that led him across the pond. The sound combines Johnson’s Americana-based influences with Rock’s background of traditional folk and lingering notes of punk peppered throughout.
His previous project release, Shady Pines Vol. 1 EP is the first release of the double EP project that had Johnson teaming up with acclaimed Producer and Engineer Patrick Himes (Ryan Adams, Rubyhorse, Lilly Hiatt) with the goal in mind to craft a recording that matched the intensity of his live shows. The result is a fiery brand of roots and rock that manages to sound both achingly familiar and fiercely original.
“A beautiful, energetic mixture of fuzz and twang from one of the next great voices in Americana music” – Cincymusic.com
“Extraordinary” – Don Thrasher, Dayton Daily News
“Must listen…such an energetic sound!” – Radio 6023 (Italy)
I had the pleasure of watching Nick play a couple of great UK shows and sitting down and breaking bread with the man and I can tell you, he’s the absolute, legit, genuine article!
Great songs, great singer, great player!