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Too Many Bad Habits

by Johnny Nicholas

Blues/roots musician and songwriter Johnny Nicholas has reissued his long out-of-print 1977 album, Too Many Bad Habits, along with a special bonus disc of previously unreleased performances with Big Walter Horton, Johnny Shines, and Boogie Woogie Red.
Genre: Blues: Guitar Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mandolin Boogie
3:02 $0.99
2. Looks Can Be Deceivin'
3:29 $0.99
3. Too Many Bad Habits (feat. Johnny Shines & Big Walter Horton)
3:06 $0.99
4. Sittin' on Top of the World
3:44 $0.99
5. Got the Train
0:24 $0.99
6. Rock My Blues Away
2:52 $0.99
7. Blues Walk (feat. Johnny Shines & Big Walter Horton)
2:27 $0.99
8. Grinnin' in Your Face
2:15 $0.99
9. The New Canned Heat Blues (feat. Big Walter Horton)
3:38 $0.99
10. West Wind (feat. Big Walter Horton)
3:02 $0.99
11. Blues Came Fallin' Down (feat. Johnny Shines)
3:05 $0.99
12. Careless Love (feat. Big Walter Horton)
4:37 $0.99
13. Gettin' Outta Town (feat. Big Walter Horton)
2:52 $0.99
14. Hellhound on My Trail (feat. Johnny Shines & Big Walter Horton)
4:43 $0.99
15. Move on Down the Line (feat. Johnny Shines & Big Walter Horton)
4:37 $0.99
16. Pump Jockey Blues (feat. Big Walter Horton & Boogie Woogie Red)
3:45 $0.99
17. Believe I'll Make a Change (feat. Johnny Shines & Big Walter Horton)
2:39 $0.99
18. Prisoner Blues (feat. Johnny Shines & Big Walter Horton)
4:57 $0.99
19. Apple Grove Rhumba (feat. Johnny Shines & Big Walter Horton)
2:05 $0.99
20. Looks Can Be Deceiving (feat. Johnny Shines & Big Walter Horton)
3:18 $0.99
21. That's Alright Mamma
1:45 $0.99
22. Hootie Blues (feat. Boogie Woogie Red & Big Walter Horton)
3:56 $0.99
23. Money Marbles and Chalk (feat. Johnny Shines & Big Walter Horton)
4:10 $0.99
24. Lonesome Traveler (feat. Big Walter Horton)
4:26 $0.99
25. Froggy Bottom (feat. Johnny Shines & Big Walter Horton)
4:33 $0.99
26. Soon Forgotten (feat. Boogie Woogie Red & Big Walter Horton)
4:44 $0.99
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Album Notes
In the late 1960’s, the college town of Ann Arbor Michigan found itself at the epicenter of a resurgence in Blues music, culminating in the three-day 1969 Ann Arbor Blues Festival - the first Blues Festival of its kind in this country.. Two of the artists at that festival were lost within the year: Magic Sam, and Otis Spann.

But the love affair between the town and the Blues was not to be denied. Two of the top live music venues in Ann Arbor, the Blind Pig and Mr. Flood’s Party, among others, began hosting more Blues performers to meet the demand, keeping the groove going between the annual festivals.

At the heart of the Ann Arbor Blues revival was guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Johnny Nicholas. Arriving from the East coast for the 1970 Blues Festival, he brought some of the best Blues players out of retirement and brought them together night after night in local clubs, free outdoor concerts, and at the Ann Arbor Blues Festivals. While he performed with dozens of well-known artists in those venues, among the most frequent and popular with local Blues lovers were the legendary Big Walter Horton, Johnny Shines, and Boogie Woogie Red. He performed with all of these artists and many more, as well as his own band “The Boogie Brothers”, at the Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festivals of 1972 and 1974.

The enclosed rare recordings of this iconic Blues team were recently discovered, hidden away in a vault for over four decades, until Johnny’s efforts to retrieve his original recordings and masters from the Blind Pig label were finally successful. The label had released his first album “Too Many Bad Habits-John Nicholas and friends” in 1977 and then cut it from their catalog when he joined Asleep at the Wheel in 1978.

In addition to these veteran Blues greats, the album featured special backup performances by several members of the Wheel, foreshadowing the era when Johnny and fellow Boogie Brother Fran Christina would join forces with that Grammy-winning group. The Austin sessions had been recorded in 1975 by Austin radio and music legend Joe Gracey and included Ray Benson, Lucky Oceans, Link Davis Jr and Tony Garnier (Bob Dylan’s bass player and bandleader for the last twenty five years). All of these cats, like their idol Bob Wills, dug the blues.

Let the stinging guitar solos and powerful vocals by Johnny Shines, the sweet, lilting harmonica riffs and unmistakable tone of Big Walter, rocking piano support from Boogie Woogie Red, and original songs by Johnny Nicholas backed by some of the best blues veterans in history, take you back to a time when the Blues were being discovered by a new generation of Americans.

We are pleased to offer these recently discovered and remastered original recordings, including twelve previously unreleased performances, that capture the very best of the early 1970’s Ann Arbor Blues scene by way of several of the blues world’s acknowledged masters and a very talented young man who earned their respect and friendship.



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Uncle T

Nice to hear this music again!
Those lucky enough to be in Ann Arbor during the Blues resurgence in the 1970's will be taken back to some great music with this release of long-lost original 1976 studio recordings featuring Johnny Nicholas, Johnny Shines, Big Walter Horton, Boogie Woogie Red and original members of Asleep at the Wheel. Never-before released original songs by Nicholas and friends performed by icons of American Blues music. Hearing this great music felt like taking a time machine back to the basement of the Blind Pig, to the days when they hosted some of the best blues on the planet. So glad these songs were rediscovered and released! Highly recommended to anyone who digs the real blues by some of the original greats of the genre.