Rob Nichols 
Member since Mar 23, 2010



Giving you the latest news and opinion about this thing we call roots-rock. Whatever the hell that is... Americana. Alt-Country. Roots Rock. Just plain and glorious rock and roll.

Updated on March 23, 2010 at 11:32 AM


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Rob Nichols 

A music writer for more than 30 years, Rob began as a rock radio jock at age 17. Born in central Indiana, Rob moved north and spent his college years in Hillsdale, Michigan. That meant traveling to Detroit for all the good rock shows, and explains his affinity for Seger, the J. Geils Band, and Mitch Ryder. He's... more
A music and entertainment writer for more than 25 years, Rob started as a rock radio jock at age 17. He's currently a freelance digital consultant and web designer, and contributes to NUVO as a roots-rock writer. Rob listens to music on his iPod, the radio, CD's, his computer and a turntable next to his desk when he wants to hear some late 70s power-pop. Rob was born in Indiana, lived in Michigan for about 15 years (heading to Detroit for most of his concerts), is a graduate of Hillsdale College, and has now lived back in Indiana since 1989.

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    Recent Comments

    Re: “All-star benefit has highs and lows

    Springsteen was the best, and he didn't even bring out the Born in the USA guns. Three from the new album and "Born to Run" as a closer. Set bar that was pretty high. I thought The Who were underrated in this performance. Yeah, FM warhorses, but the live setting energizes the two old guys and a crack band. Stones bored me - they dragged, even though Ron Wood rocked. McCartney was was B+ with two great Wings nuggets, Kanye horribly mixed and too long, Billy Joel best I've seen in a long time, and Roger Waters laborious. Bon Jovi are cartoon characters. Cool to see Michael Stipe rescue Chris Martin. Clapton is always worth a listen. The whole thing 6.5 out of 10. Good but not transcendent.

    Posted by Rob Nichols on 12/17/2012 at 11:45 PM

    Re: “Review: WTTS celebrates 20 years at The Lawn

    Love Cracker. Woefully underrated.

    Big Head Todd is Clapton guitar rock, Blues Traveler bores me, and Barenaked Ladies are surprisingly fun, rockin', and hold up damn well.

    So there you go...

    Posted by Rob Nichols on 08/20/2012 at 1:59 AM

    Re: “Review: Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow at VWMC

    The song "Forty" was written by John Eddie, a New Jersey roots/rocker and appears on the album "Who the Hell is John Eddie?" He is the same guy who wrote "Lowlife", a song Rock has been singing on the past tours, and appears on the Kid Rock "Born Free" album as a bonus track.

    Posted by Rob Nichols on 08/22/2011 at 3:21 PM

    Re: “Review: Bob Seger at Conseco Fieldhouse

    Three things I liked about the show:
    1. No video screens. Makes the crowd follow the music and musicians in a more organic way. I can't overstate the difference it makes in a show when eyes and ears are your own, not owned by the video director.

    2. Kudos to Seger for pulling out some nuggets to play: from "Against the Wind", "Shinin' Brightly" was stellar, and "Long Twin Silver Line" nearly as good. And he reached back to do "Heavy Music" (one that he might have passed by if he wanted) and "Ramblin' Gamblin Man".

    3. ""Beautiful Loser" into "Travelin' Man" - just like on Live Bullet - is some of the best seven minutes of rock and roll he does.

    Sound mix? Typical Conseco Fieldhouse style; too erratic. I was straight back from the stage, in lower level, and mix bounced from clean to muddy to clean to muddy too many times. Could have used more Seger in the mix. His voice is still strong.

    Band? They rocked. Crowd? Friendly, old, and into the show. Seger? Unduly unappreciated by anyone under 40 years old. He is a link between Chuck Berry and anyone playing three-chord guitar rock and roll today. Seger predates Mellencamp, Springsteen and the rest who get more love than he does. He first stepped on a stage in 1961. For Bob to still do what he does, with the passion and energy he showed Saturday night, borders on amazing.

    Posted by Rob Nichols on 05/09/2011 at 3:06 PM

    Re: “Otis Gibbs meets the Bottle Rockets

    Uh...thanks. Not quite sure what to do with that comment...but will take it as a compliment since it is from the gorgeous and hard-working Ms. Nora.

    Posted by Rob Nichols on 01/14/2011 at 2:50 PM

    Re: “15 Greatest Rock and Roll Christmas Songs

    Ooh boy. Different ideas of classics. I'll stick with my list, though would love to see a punk list from you. Rock on, my friend...

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    Posted by Rob Nichols on 12/29/2010 at 12:39 PM

    Re: “Henry French to record live album at Radio Radio

    Thanks for shooting video...helps a reader (and me) have a deeper understanding of the music that I am talking about...

    Posted by Rob Nichols on 11/20/2010 at 6:09 PM

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