Too Many Bad Habits

Too Many Bad Habits

Artist: Johnny Nicholas

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Format: 2 x LP
Rel. Date: 09/30/2018
UPC: 192914251965

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DISC: 1

1. Mandolin Boogie
2. Looks Can Be Deceiving’
3. Too Many Bad Habits (feat. Johnny Shines and Big Walter Horton)
4. Sittin’ On Top Of The World
5. Got The Train?
6. Rock My Blues Away
7. Blues Walk (feat. Johnny Shines and Big Walter Horton)
8. Don’t You Mind People Grinning’ In Your Face
9. The New Canned Heat Blues (feat. Big Walter Horton)
10. West Wind (feat. Big Walter Horton)
11. Blues Came Fallin’ Down (feat. Johnny Shines)
12. Careless Love (feat. Big Walter Horton)
13. Getting’ Outta Town (feat. Big Walter Horton)
14. Hellhound On My Trail (feat. Johnny Shines and Big Walter Horton)

DISC: 2

1. Move on Down the Line (feat. Johnny Shines and Big Walter Horton)
2. Pump Jockey Blues (feat. Big Walter Horton and Boogie Woogie Red)
3. Believe I'll Make a Change (feat. Johnny Shines and Big Walter Horton)
4. Prisoner Blues (feat. Johnny Shines and Big Walter Horton)
5. Apple Grove Rhumba (feat. Johnny Shines and Big Walter Horton)
6. Looks Can Be Deceiving (feat. Johnny Shines and Big Walter Horton)
7. That's Alright Mamma
8. Hootie Blues (feat. Boogie Woogie Red and Big Walter Horton)
9. Money Marbles and Chalk (feat. Johnny Shines and Big Walter Horton)
10. Lonesome Traveler (feat. Big Walter Horton)
11. Froggy Bottom (feat. Johnny Shines and Big Walter Horton)
12. Soon Forgotten (feat. Boogie Woogie Red and Big Walter Horton)

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Deluxe Boxed Set double vinyl album includes a 72-page scrapbook filled with photos, four full-color posters and memorabilia.

Too Many Bad Habits was recently nominated for a Blues Blast Magazine award in the “Historical and Vintage Recording” category and the Alex Steinweiss "Best In Show" award at the 2018 Making Vinyl Packaging Awards.

In the late 1960’s, the college town of Ann Arbor Michigan found itself at the epicenter of a resurgence in Blues music. 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 and concerts. 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.

“This album was initially released on the fledgling Blind Pig label in 1977,” Nicholas recalls, “but the recording sessions included a bunch of stellar performances which had never been released. Walter and Johnny and Red were my friends and mentors, and hearing this stuff was such a thrill. I hope people enjoy listening to these historical slices of the real blues, played by the masters, as much as we have enjoyed re-discovering, listening to and remastering them.”

The two-album vinyl set, Too Many Bad Habits, is a window into an important era in American music history, when Ann Arbor was one of the hottest and most influential music scenes in the country.

For an interview with Johnny Nicholas sharing his music and thoughts on the Deluxe Vinyl Package, see below video: