Featured as the second track on this year’s self-titled long-player (the guitarist’s third LP to date), “Easy Come, Easy Go” was described by GP contributor Joe Bosso as a “Sabbath-inspired Earth mover” in this recent interview with the Les Paul devotee.
But you’d be mistaken for thinking the song was just another Tony Iommi-alike. “The last thing I want to do is play the same old licks you’ve heard time and again,” said Nichols. “Too many guys get stuck in a rut with riffs because they aren’t serving the song. Each song said something new, and my attitude was, Okay, let’s see where this thing takes me. And every time, it surprised me.”
It was a pivotal moment for the guitarist who just months prior was put out of action with a broken arm that required surgery.
“It was every guitar player’s nightmare,” Nichols told us, “but I was determined that nothing would stop me. I said, ‘Give me my guitar. I’ll work it out.’ It took some time, but I came through it. To be here playing better than ever, and with the best record I’ve ever made, I’m filled with nothing but gratitude.”
Racking up millions of streams and widespread praise among critics, Nichols has shared stages with the likes of Slash, Billy Gibbons and Zakk Wylde.
His new video accompanying the “Easy Come, Easy Go” single showcases his flamboyant showmanship that has attracted so many rave reviews.
“I made a record to serve as the menu for the live show,” said Nichols. “There is an element of excitement and danger. It’s my version of rock and roll with a little more humanity.
“The album is a day in the life with the ups and downs, but it musically rings true to who I am as an artist.”
Visit the Jared James Nichols website for more information.
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Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar World, Guitar Player and MusicRadar in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.
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