Classicalite looks at the new album by former Chess Records musician Nick Nixon.
knew Jimi Hendrix from being in a band with one of Jimi’s drummers, Billy Cox, in the ’60s. The three would jam and Jimi could frequently be seen walking the streets of Music City with his beloved guitar. In 1995, Nixon, Cox and Elvis Presley’s original lead guitarist, Scotty Moore, recorded the almost-hit single, “Over 50 Blues.” Now he’s over 70 but that phlegm-filled voice is still belting out the blues with just a hint of gospel. Think Jimmy Witherspoon crossed with Bobby “Blue” Bland. (He even once flirted with singing opera.) Nixon, a Nashville local, was in that town’s first integrated band, King James and The Sceptres. He’s recorded for the legendary Chess label in Chicago and has produced many a gospel act.