“Patrick alternated between delta and country blues, surrounding each song with its historical context. He told stories about single songs performed by different people in different decades and covered artists including Robert Johnson, Jimmy Reed, Peetie Wheatstraw, Howlin’ Wolf, Blind Blake and Lazy Lester Johnson. Pat’s narrative not only gave the song more meaning but also provided an effective segue through each set. . . . Patrick believes that when we talk about the performers and their music we give due credit to our roots.
The styles featured . . . varied from finger picking his acoustic guitar to playing slide on a national steel resonator. . . Pat’s rich mellow sound drew even the casual patrons and hapless diners in. The audience sported a wide-aged demographic, ranging between 20 and 60 as well as novice blues listeners to long‑time blues fans. It is truly refreshing to hear excellent acoustic blues, rich in meaning and performed by a brilliant talent.”
Kansas City Blues Society Blues News
““Patrick Nichols’ performance kicked off the Library’s America’s Music series in spectacular form. His guitar playing – especially on the splendid National steel – was infectious. His explanations of the songs to an audience that may not have known much about the blues were informative.
“Above all else, Patrick was supremely entertaining. Thanks to his opening night salvo, the series started on a high. He hooked our patrons, and they kept coming back for more.”
KC Library Blog