Jared James Nichols

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Jared James Nichols
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Background information
Born (1989-03-14) March 14, 1989 (age 30)
Waukesha, Wisconsin
GenresRock, blues
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active2013–present
LabelsListenable Records

Jared James Nichols is an American blues-rock guitarist and singer from East Troy, Wisconsin. Known for his 'pick-less' electric guitar playing technique. He is rarely seen without playing his "signature" single-pickup Epiphone Les Paul Custom P90 nick-named Old Glory. He fronts a power trio under his name, rooted in the early 1970s hard-rock vein of Cream and Mountain. He resides in Los Angeles, California.

Band Members[edit]

Dennis Holm - Drums

Ronnie Elvis James - Bass


Nichols moved to Los Angeles in 2010. He won the Gibson Les Paul Tribute Contest as well as the Musicians Institute Most Outstanding Player Award.[citation needed] He formed his own trio shortly thereafter and released a 3-song EP Live at the Viper Room.

After this release, Nichols toured America and played various clubs/festivals including Sturgis Buffalo Chip, SXSW, Summerfest, and more. It was during this time he opened for Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ TOP. In Spring 2014, he embarked on a 2-month European Tour which proved to be successful, resulting in 2015 full-length release Old Glory & The Wild Revival recorded with producers Warren Huart and the legendary Eddie Kramer.

In early 2016 Music Radar named Jared as one of the "Top Upcoming Guitar Players in the World".

In spring of 2016 Jared was featured in a "mini-doc" series UNCHARTED by Honda and UPROXX about his guitar playing and determination to further himself in the music industry. The documentary went viral online, resulting in over 7 million views within one month of its premier.

He has also recorded at historic studios such as Abbey Road, Sunset Sound, East-West, Swinghouse, and Dave Grohl's Studio 606.

Nichols has toured across America and Europe with acts including Living Colour Glenn Hughes, Zakk Wylde, Walter Trout, UFO, Saxon, Fozzy, L.A. Guns and Blue Öyster Cult.

His second full-length album Black Magic was released January 2018.

In July 2019, Nichols released the single ‘’Nails in the Coffin’’ Quite possibly his most profound and most successful song to date. The single premiered on BBC Radio 2 as well as heavy A-List Rotation on the UK’s Planet Rock Radio


Jared James Nichols is endorsed by Gibson/Epiphone, Seymour Duncan, Blackstar Amplification, and DR strings. Jared primarily plays his signature Les Paul nicknamed "Old Glory" fitted with a single Seymour Duncan P-90 in the bridge position. Nichols ‘signature Les Paul’ model unveiled in January 2019. The guitar has since then taken on a life of its own, becoming a staple and rising force in the guitar world. Nichols uses DR 10/52 strings. Also in January 2019, Jared collaborated with British company Blackstar Amplification to develop a Signature amplifier.


Year Artist Album Notes
2015 Jared James Nichols Old Glory & The Wild Revival
2016 Jared James Nichols Highwayman EP
2018 Jared James Nichols Black Magic


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