Published Sep 23, 2014After a couple years of working his way into the Ontario roots music scene, Graham Nicholas is ready to show off his latest record Sometimes Chicken, Sometimes Feathers, and Exclaim.ca has you covered with an advanced stream.
The new collection of songs was recorded in London, ON, at Sugar Shack Studios with producer Aaron Comeau (Sam Cash & the Romantic Dogs, Dear Sister), who previously worked with Nicholas on his 2013 EP Ruby, and Other Bedtime Stories.
Nicholas treats the characters in his songs with honesty and empathy, delivering stories about "troubled and love-hungry" people, while maintaining his irreverent sense of humour. A recent press release likens his backing players to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and the Band, noting their ability to find "the right balance of warmth and grit."
Nicholas' wide-ranging influences are evident from the get-go with opener "Roll Me Up" blending classic rock'n'roll with some serious country twang, while other tracks like "Wandering Angel" and "Bluebird" embrace well-loved folk tradition.
Sometimes Chicken, Sometimes Feathers arrives on September 30, but you can listen to it in its entirety right now. Scroll past Nicholas' upcoming Ontario live dates to give it a spin.
10/02 Toronto, ON - The Dakota Tavern
10/03 Guelph, ON - Jimmy Jazz
10/24 Montreal, QC - Grumpy's
10/25 Ottawa, ON - The Rainbow Bistro
11/01 London, ON - The Sugar Shack
11/15 Barrie, ON -The Clarkson Pub
11/21 Orillia, ON - The Brownstone
11/22 Gravenhurst, ON - Currie Brothers Church Concerts