Gary Nicholson

Gary Nicholson is a number one hit songwriter, two-time Grammy-winning producer, recording artist, world-traveling performer, and session guitarist. He was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2011. There are over six hundred recordings of his songs in various genres including country, rock, blues, folk, bluegrass, and pop.

Country cuts by Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Garth Brooks, George Strait, George Jones, Vince Gill, Chris Stapleton, Emmylou Harris, Trisha Yearwood, Don Williams, Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Patty Loveless, Randy Travis, Chris Stapleton, The Dixie Chicks, Guy Clark, Reba McKentire, Alabama, The Mavericks, The Judds, Wynonna, Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, T Graham Brown, Lee Roy Parnell, Billy Currington, Toby Keith, Gary Allan, Montgomery Gentry, Conway Twitty, Mickey Gilley, Travis Tritt, Ronnie Milsap, Tanya Tucker, John Anderson, Guy Clark, Pam Tillis, Billy Joe Shaver, and the list goes on.

Pop/rock/blues cuts by BB King, Ringo Starr, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, Neil Diamond, Bonnie Raitt, John Prine, Buddy Guy, Michael McDonald, Delbert McClinton, Keb Mo, Taj Mahal, Eric Clapton, Gary Clark Jr, Phish, Van Morrison, Gregg Allman, The Neville Brothers, Robert Plant, Etta James, Dion, George Thorogood, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Los Lonely Boys, Joan Osborne, Arthur Alexander, The Blues Brothers, Foghat, and so many more. 

In addition to his two Grammy-winning records with Delbert McClinton, he has produced records for Billy Joe Shaver, Marcia Ball, The Judds, Wynonna, Pam Tillis, T Graham Brown, Chris Knight, Seth Walker, Stoney Larue, Jack Tempchin, and many others. As a guitarist he has played live and recorded with Delbert McClinton, Billy Joe Shaver, Guy Clark, Bobby Bare, Joe Ely, Bo Diddley, and others. His songs have been included in many major motion pictures and television, the song “Falling and Flying" is featured in the Oscar-winning film “Crazy Heart” performed by Jeff Bridges. Gary has also conducted songwriting and guitar workshops at Berklee School of Music, Kerrville Folk Festival, Durango Songwriting Festival, and various others.

Gary performs solo singer/songwriter style doing his country and Americana material and with his various bands as his alternate persona Whitey Johnson, featuring his blues songs and giving him the opportunity to play some Texas blues electric guitar.

He has appeared at many prestigious venues including The Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe, (Nashville, Tn), Austin City Limits Theater, Antones, The Cactus Cafe, The Saxon Pub, (Austin Tx), The Dosey Doe, Woodlands, Tx, The Bottom Line, NYC, The Birchmere, Alexandria Va., Knuckleheads, Kansas City, Mountain Stage, West Virginia, Whelan’s, Dublin, Ireland, and so many others.

He has performed on Delbert McClinton’s Sandy Beaches cruise for twenty-five years and the Joe Bonamassa Keeping the Blues Alive Cruise

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