Album Review: Jared James Nichols – “Old Glory and The Wild Revival”
This under 25 is from East Troy, Wisconsin and lives in Los Angeles, but he plays the blues like a seasoned Deep South veteran. I guess it’s true that this genre can’t be taught, it’s something you’re born with, and if validation were needed, Nichols recently completed a couple of dates, in between his own tour, as a special guest for Southern rock royalty Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Old Glory and The Wild Revival kicks off with some sweet shredding in Playin’ for Keeps to draw you in, before delivering vocals deep and gritty, not usually associated with someone so young. Following up is Crazy which by comparison to the rest of the album is fairly simplistic, but still with hard hitting accompaniment.
Let You Go definitely falls in under the category of ballad, with its heartfelt chorus and soaring vocals but it does get repetitive, as does following track Can You Feel It?. Nichols gives a modern twist on the blues/rock vibe, which on tracks like Now or Never sounds akin to James Morrison which isn’t unpleasant, but isn’t the best the album has to offer.
Where he really shines however is on the louder, attitude filled songs, particularly Blackfoot, a track inspired by the Native American tribe of that name. It has great build up, narrative and the guitar riffs are reminiscent of Led Zeppelin, matched well to the imagery of sky-flying spirits. Equally Take My Hand and In My Kitchen are old school Southern rock, with a real raw soul and those are where Nichols really kills it.
Having previously only released a live EP, this debut record really is something special. It resonates with you long after the last note has been played, and it shows high potential for Jared to rise up and make his name.