Sep 10, 2019
Jim Nichols has an unusual approach to the guitar - he uses a
thumb pick and fingers to play everything from Chet Atkins style to
He served as master instructor for the Jamey Aebersold Jazz
Workshops, Stanford Jazz Workshops and held clinics on both jazz
and Atkins style for the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society national
convention in Nashville.
In addition to an acoustic duo CD with Australian guitarist Tommy
Emmanuel, and a duo CD with fingerstyle guitarist Richard Smith,
Jim and his wife Morning, have 5 CDs to their credit.
Jim's solo CD, "Jazz and Country" was chosen by Guitar Player
Magazine as a "pick of the year" for '96 and in 2001, he was
featured in Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine and Acoustic Guitar
In this episode, Jim and I talk about how he started playing
guitar, his inspirations, and his approach to blending Chet Atkins
fingerstyle and jazz guitar.
(Time stamps are for audio version of the podcast.)
- 2:08 Welcome Jim!
- 3:47 Jim talks about record companies & touring.
- 4:40 How Jim began playing music & uke.
- 6:08 Jim gets his first guitar.
- 6:54 Jim discovers Duane Eddys version of “Trambone” by Chet
- 7:45 Flatpicks never again! Jim discovers the thumb pick and
learns Chet stuff.
- 14:17 Jim discusses how Wes & Buddy Montgomery were not music
- 19:41 How Jim got the jazz influence – his parents.
- 23:08 The benefits of learning from Chet’s recordings.
- 23:36 Another influence – Howard Roberts.
- 25:48 Jim’s approach to technique & using the thumbpick.
- 26:41 Jim talks about his guitar collection.
- 29:03 Music track from the “Jazz & Country” Album –
- 32:23 Gear chat – his versatile guitars that can cover several
- 35:41 Traveling with guitars; Jim’s take & tips for
- 38:17 All about Jim’s duo record with Tommy Emmanuel – “Chet
Lag” (a.k.a. “Happy Hour”)
- 43:35 Jim’s Kirk Sand Guitar – a birthday present from his
wife, vocalist Morning Nichols.
- 45:22 “Jazz & Country” his solo CD as a reaction to being a
sideman and a dedication to Chet Atkins.
- 52:53 Current projects, gigs, guitar camps.
- 57:53 Jim’s best advice to musicians – listen attentively.
- 1:04:45 Jim reminds us about CAAS in Nashville in July (Chet
Atkins Appreciation Society)
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