The blues is one of the truly American forms of music. Combining ragtime, gospel and what are considered working songs, this art originated in the American South and continues to inspire artists. This style of music permeates the work of Austin artist Buffalo Nichols. He uses his southern roots to tell his blues story.
Nichols will perform at the Center des arts Acadiana on November 21 alongside the group Drive-By Truckers. Nichols recently released his self-titled debut album which received support from Rolling Stone, Austin Chronicle and more. Showcasing his musical and emotional journey over the past two years, this album is a demonstration of passion for Nichols.
The Daily Advertiser sat down with Nichols to find out more about his music.
Q: When did you start making music?
A: I’ve been making music for almost 15 years now. I have always loved music and remember watching music videos growing up. Music was just one of those things that made sense to me and I held onto it. I’ve been inspired by so many artists from different genres and I think that’s what makes my music so different.
Q: What was the process to make your first album?
A: I wrote this album over a two-year period, I wasn’t writing with the intention of making an album. I went through over 100 songs before choosing all eight for the album. I wanted to share something with the world, you know how to put me there. This is real music by a real person.
Q: What do you think of the response to your project?
A: I’ve been making music for a long time and haven’t been recognized so praise is good. I make music for creativity, to perpetuate the legacy of the blues and the legacy of blacks. Praise is nice to receive, but that’s not why I’m doing this. I owe it to ancestors and elders like that to continue.
Q: How has this tour been for you?
A: To be able to be in front of the crowd again was amazing. This is my second tour with the Drive-By Truckers and I enjoy the experience. Every night is different, but sharing my music with a large audience is the best part.
Q: What do you plan for the future?
A: I will continue to tour until 2022 and share my music that way. Overall I just want to keep creating. I’ve spent half of my life making music and loved the trip before I even had fans. I just want people to enjoy my music while I’m still around to see it.
For tickets for the show visit acadianacenterfortheart.com
This article originally appeared on Lafayette Daily Advertiser: Interview with blues artist Buffalo Nichols