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The Joni Nichols Band

While Zach joined in on the Joni coffeehouse style music, we were joined by Jonathan Smither and Dolf Guardiola in Lubbock and played in this area and beyond for a year. We recorded an album of those songs with Brad Roberts and Ben Mercado. That era and story are at joninicholsband.com Like

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The Early Coffeehouse Duo Years

Right after college and when we were newly married, we did these 3 projects: (Bear with me as I move my links.) About Love (CD, collection of home recorded demos) It’s a Wonderful Things (studio single) Wintertime (studio single)     Like

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The College Years / Home Recordings

In Texas and New Mexico, I recorded the Home Recordings in and after college. These were 4 homemade projects that I call The Home Recordings <3 that were recorded during college and during my single years after college. Shortly after I published them, I got engaged. These were the songs that Zach and I played during our early duo years…

Behind “I Rose”

[soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/77730816″ params=”” width=” 100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] Lyrics: They said, “Go ahead, and you’ll find everything you need.” They said, “Look behind and find what you’ve been missing.” They said, “Look inside, and put it together piece by piece.” I searched everything. I searched everything. For my sin I was condemned to die by the law and I died…

My Love-Hate Relationship with Nutshells

It has become a theme of my life among my close friends over the years (this topic mostly makes me think  of Tara, the conversation specialist of my college days)… that…. well… Joni’s nutshells,  aren’t so nut-ish.  They go and go and go.  I became a hopeless fan of the phrase, “I’m horrible at nutshells.” (Now songs? Sure. I can…

A little recording last night

Zach borrowed Jason Minton’s bass to do a little tracking, the kids were sleeping or having their daily hour of “quiet time”.  Do it quick. I don’t remember why the computer had been moved down to the coffeetable for the day…. If you look close, you can see some baby socks, a random cd, yes, the vacuum, the kitchen stool…

Whatever Gift You Have

I’m big on sharing our gifts with other people. I don’t think it’s an idea born of arrogance– it’s the way personalities and strengths were spread out by design.  If and since we need each other, we can’t get stuck thinking we’re all alone.  If “no one is helping me,” I can at least get out of my rut in…

Something About Tori

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTzktkXS2_c] Maybe it was her religious and anti-religious themes. Maybe it was her piano-based rock. The depth of her writing. She wasn’t writing pop hits; these were compositions with little regard for ‘radio ready.’ She is one of 2 artists of whom I have bought almost every album  ever released. Her out-of-the-box work always inspired me to let the music…

Daddy teaching scales to Ivy

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQx9aqp8-z4] Needless to say, Zach studied music theory and is a wonderful patient teacher on the subject.  I barely know the names of the scales. :] Like

You can’t mix faith and rock! / — / Yes you can!

And I have a 12 year friendship to prove it. Now, I am not a “contemporary christian” artist. I could make an album in that genre, but it’s not where I fit best.  Faith is part of my music, but I have always played in coffeehouses, clubs, restaurants/bars, etc, and that’s where I want to be. Years ago, I was…