[Here is a little about my history, my experience, and my gear, with sound clips at the bottom.]
I picked up the guitar at age ten, inspired by my dad’s love of music. Throughout my high school years in Kansas I studied with Kevin May of Roomful of Blues. Like many aspiring teenage guitarists I grew as a player in high school jazz bands, state bands, and bands of my own.
I continued my studies in Jazz Guitar at Wichita State University, a program well-known for the work of Jerry Hahn. From there, I studied Commercial Music at South Plains College in Levelland, TX, of which alumni include Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks, Leann Womack, Ron Block of Allison Krauss & Union Station, Matt Jenkins, Jerrod Nieman, and Jed Hughes, a guitarist for Keith Urban.
While attending SPC, I taught for David Brandon, a well-known classical guitarist who co-published reputable materials with Christopher Parkening.
While still a student, I was asked to come on staff to teach private guitar and lead Rock and R&B Ensembles at the college. I stayed on staff at South Plains College from 2000 to 2005 before moving to Los Angeles, and eventually Nashville.
I have played with many independent artists both in the studio and live and am currently a session player for Diff’rent Wirld Productions, and have played as lead guitarist for BlissBlissand hit songwriters and up-and-coming country band, The Henningsens. I also perform originals as a duo with my wife, singer-songwriter, Joni Nichols.
We live in Middle Tennessee with our two young children and hope to have more.
Though blues is my love, I enjoy playing and teaching all styles.
I’ve played live in all genres–blues, rock, pop, folk, country, jazz, funk, worship, etc.
- 1960 Reissue Gibson Les Paul Gold Top
- Gretsch Tennessee Rose (with Filtertron pickups)
- Taylor 610 CE
- Fender Super Reverb (Silver Face circa ’68 with black face innards)
- Fender Twin Reverb (Silver Face with master volume circa ’70)
- Fender Blues Junior (Limited Edition Tweed with Jensen speaker)
- Bad Cat Hot Cat 30R 112 Combo
- George L’s
- Powered by 1Spot, soon-to-be Voodoo Labs Pedal Power II
- Home Brew Electronics UFO (Ultimate Fuzz Octave)
- Vintage Boss CE2 Chorus
- Full Tone OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Drive)
- Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer
- Dunlop Cry Baby
- Boss DD-3 Digital Delay
- Ibanez CS9 Stereo Chorus
- Boss TR-2 Tremolo
- Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner
- Pedal Train board & case
|Zach w/ Cliff & Cathy Major at Rockin’ Daddy’s in Wichita, KS 2010|
|Zach @ a Bliss Bliss House Concert circa 2008|
Information about playlist above:
Blanket of Love (scroll to top of playlist for this song) from the Joni Nichols Band album, In The Dark
written by Zach Nichols & Rocky Green
produced by Zach Nichols
acoustic & electric guitars by Zach Nichols
Vanity and Overcome from Rocky Green’s album,daysyouthoughwouldneverend.
written by Rocky Green and Zach Nichols
performed and produced by Rocky Green
KW Anglo Funk
A jam song written by Zach Nichols and thrown together impromptu one evening for a student’s recording project at South Plains College (Levelland, TX). acoustic guitar, electric guitar and bass by Zach Nichols
Zach Playing “Talk with God” live withBlissBliss
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Lang Bliss – drums
Renee Bliss – vocals
Irene Kelly – b.g. vocals
Tim Gaines – bass
David Warren – keys
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Zach Nichols – guitar
Dolf Guardiola – drums
Joni Nichols – vocals, acoustic
Jonathan Smither – bas