With an Americana Association UK ‘album of the year’ award nomination for ‘Mockingbird Lane’, a 28 date UK tour supporting the legendary Shakin’ Stevens, a new live album released in association with Vintage TV and invites to play prestigious festivals such as Cambridge Folk, Tønder, Denmark and AmericanaFest, Nashville… 2017 is shaping up to be a very good year for Danni Nicholls.
From a young age, Danni 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.
Fast forward to 2011 when Danni met bassist/producer Chris Donohue (The Civil Wars, Elvis Costello, Robert Plant) in London through a mutual friend whilst Chris was in the UK playing bass with Emmylou Harris as one of her Red Dirt Boys. The pair have now made two critically acclaimed albums together with some of Nashville’s finest musicians featuring on the tracks.
Debut ‘A Little Redemption’ was released July 2013 and award nominated ‘Mockingbird Lane’ in October 2015. Credits on the albums include the legendary Al Perkins on Dobro (Bob Dylan, Gram Parsons, The Rolling Stones) Steve Fishell on Pedal Steel (Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt) and Will Kimbrough (Jimmy Buffett, John Prine)!!“My time in Music City working with these great, great musicians was a hugely inspirational and surreal experience. 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 parlour guitar, Danni has been touring relentlessly far and wide, honing her craft and wooing audiences. A vibrant, spell-binding performer, she has been invited to support many artists such as Sturgill Simpson, Todd Snider, Jolie Holland, Kim Richey, Jim Lauderdale, Angus and Julia Stone, Bobby Bare Jr, Mark Olsen, Nell Bryden, Tift Merrit and Diana Jones.
With performances guaranteed to melt your heart into the soles of your cowboy boots, her passionate delivery, captivating velvet voice and charmingly engaging between-song banter compel you to fall under her spell.
An artist with the elegance and imagination to restore your faith in the visceral power of an original song — Paul Sexton, BBC Radio 2 and freelance print/broadcast journalist
I absolutely love the elegance and beauty of her music — Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
Smoky soul, folk-pop and heart-wrenching alt-country, all in a rich voice — Q Magazine
Sumptuous...a warm wry line in confessional songwriting — UNCUT
One in a million… Maverick Music Magazine