Danni Nicholls


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"Smoky soul, folk-pop and heart-wrenching alt-country, all in a rich voice" - Andy Fyfe, Q Magazine, 4/5 stars (June 2013)

"Just Terrific" - Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

Danni recently returned from making her second album in Nashville. Due for release October 23rd 2015, ’Mockingbird Lane’ features many members of the stellar cast from her debut album 'A Little Redemption' and is due for official release October 23rd 2015.

From a young age, Danni Nicholls was soaking up American folk, country and rock n roll music from her Grandmother’s record collection in her small home town of Bedford, UK. When she inherited her Uncle Heathcliff’s 1963 Burns London Shortscale Jazz guitar (rumoured to have belonged to Billy Fury!) aged 16, all those influences came pouring back out in the form of her own original material and has been flowing ever since.

Danni met Producer Chris Donohue (The Civil Wars, Elvis Costello, Robert Plant) in London in 2011 through a mutual friend whilst Chris was in the UK playing bass with Emmylou Harris as one of her Red Dirt Boys. The pair hit it off and have now made two albums together with Chris at the helm and some of Nashville’s finest musicians featuring on the tracks. Debut ‘A Little Redemption’ was released July 2013 on Transmission Recordings to critical acclaim. Credits on the albums include the legendary Al Perkins on Dobro (Bob Dylan, Gram Parsons, The Rolling Stones) Steve Fishell on Pedal Steel (Albert Lee, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt) and Will Kimbrough (Jimmy Buffett, Todd Snider, John Prine)

“My time in Music City working with these great, great musicians was a hugely inspirational and surreal experience. I had to pinch myself often to make sure it was actually really happening! It forced me to raise my game and push my boundaries. I’ve come away with two albums which I’m immensely proud of”

Armed with her trusty, ‘weathered and worn’ Tanglewood guitar, Danni has been touring far and wide for the past 8 years honing her craft in a live setting. A vibrant, spell-binding performer, Danni has been invited to support many artists such as Todd Snider, Jolie Holland, Kim Richey, Jim Lauderdale, Angus and Julia Stone, Bobby Bare Jr, Otis Gibbs, Mark Olsen, Nell Bryden, Tift Merrit and Diana Jones.

With performances guaranteed to melt your heart and the soles of your cowboy boots, her passionate delivery, powerful, velvet voice and charmingly engaging between-song banter compel you to fall under her spell. Read more about Danni Nicholls on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

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