I’ve been talking about Gray, Tenn., native Nick Nicholson for a long time now. He’s living in Arizona. Nick recently performed at Country Thunder in Florence, Ariz., with Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, Blake Shelton, Montgomery Gentry – and several other names you would probably recognize.
So everyone in the upper east Tennessee area who has been wanting Nick to come home and do a concert — get ready for the Appalachian Fair in Gray, because Nick is coming home!
He will be in Gray on Saturday night, Aug. 29, and will be opening for former Statler Brother, Jimmy Fortune. I like the Statler Brothers, and I know that Jimmy will put on a great show. Be sure to visit his web site for more information about Jimmy, what he’s been doing, and listen to some of his music.
I can’t think of a better opening act for Jimmy than Nick. All of you who went to high school with Nick, were or are friends and neighbors of his and his parents (who still reside in the area), and everyone who has been listening to Nick’s music on his MySpace page, come out and support this local country artist.
Nick has been keeping busy with everything from charity poker tournaments, to a pre-show for Carrie Underwood at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Ariz., to opening for the Bellamy Brothers and for Trent Tomlinson at the Museum Club in Flagstaff, Ariz.The southwestern part of the country has had Nick for a long time now, and it’s nice that we’re going to get him back here at our Appalachian Fair.
This Gray, Tennessee. native grew up at the knee of his musical father, and learned to sing not only with his voice but with his soul. “I want people to feel what I feel when I sing.”
He began performing at the young age of 12, and since has grown increasingly more comfortable on the stage. His ability to ring out the emotion of the lyrics and connect with his audience is an amazing experience. Nick served in the United States Air Force for ten years, and never lost his desire to share his music with the world. He continues to volunteer his time and talents to various veterans’ events throughout the year.
Comfortable behind a drum set and sitting in front of the audience strumming his guitar, Nick’s real talent lies in his singling style. Inspired by the greats of his childhood such as Ray Charles, Conway Twitty, Travis Tritt, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Elvis, and his dad “Big Al”, he is comfortable in any genre of music. In fact, he has developed a unique sound all his own that could best be described as Rockin’ Country.
Nick is daring to be different and rocking country to the next level, “I love to perform live and I love to entertain people. I long to leave the audience with something to talk about till next time!” Nick has opened for a number of national acts in the Phoenix area acquiring an enormous amount of priceless experience and exposure. Those acts include Travis Tritt, Neal McCoy, Mark Wills, Eric Church, Ray Scott, Rodney Atkins and Chris Young, all with raving reviews.
Nick was awarded an L.A. Music ( F.A.M.E.) award for "National Independent Male Country Artist of Year 2007", and was Nominated for the 2008 Phoenix Music Awards as "Independent Male Country Artist of the Year."
Here’s a whole bunch of Nick pictures for you … and his debut single, “Somethin’ Somethin’”.
Time for me to head to the office. I just had to share this with all of you. And I hope those of you who are close to Gray, Tenn., and plan on going to the Appalachian Fair in August will be sure to go on Saturday night so you can see Nick and Jimmy Fortune.
I have to get to work – Later!