Jared James Nichols – Old Glory And The Wild Revival (Listenable Records)
Genre: Classic Rock/Southern Rock
Due to open up for Glenn Hughes across the UK this autumn it’s quite likely Jared James Nichols will be the name on every classic rock fan’s lips come Christmas time.
But those who want to get in ahead of the crowd need only pick up a copy of Old Glory And The Wild Revival: it offers an invaluable insight into the 25-year-old guitar hero and a lesson in authentic reinvention.
Nichols has a knack for channelling his 70s heroes but the core sound is all his own. Opener Playing For Keeps is the perfect introduction to a precocious talent and Blackfoot juxtaposes a biting riff with Jessica Childress’s haunting harmonies.
There’s blues, country and Southern Rock thrown into a brazenly fashionable mix and it’s surely a recipe for sustained success. Nichols is a name on a collision course with fame. Make sure you’re not left behind. Simon Rushworth
RUSHONROCK RATED: 8/10 Jared White And Blue