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Guitarist Jared James Nichols Releases Electrifying Music Video Ahead Of UK & European Tour

By Stevie Connor.

Jared James Nichols releases a video for his cover of Man In The Box by Alice in Chains. Jared’s music video for the single is released ahead of his UK and European tour supporting Mr. Big in Spring 2024.

The UK leg of the tour includes Nottingham Rock City (March 19), Manchester O2 Ritz (March 20), Wolverhampton KK’s Steel Mill (March 22), and London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire (March 23).

The UK and European tour coincides with Nichols’ Signature Epiphone Les Paul guitar Blues Power. Jared will be making special appearances at multiple guitar retail stores along the tour route to be announced soon at

Man in the Box is one of my favourite songs ever,” says Jared. “I remember this being one of the first songs I really connected to as a child. Between the bluesy vocals and slinky guitar riff, all the way down to the sludgy overtones, it’s timeless and pure perfection. I started jamming this one at my shows because it is so much fun to play, the audience response was instant.”

Continues Jared, “Man In The Box was originally recorded just for fun at Sweetwater Studios. It turned out so well, we knew we had to share it with the world."

Jared James Nichols is an American blues-rock guitarist and singer from East Troy, Wisconsin, best known for his high-energy "pick-less" electric guitar playing technique. He is rarely seen playing without his signature single-pickup Epiphone Les Paul Custom P90 nick-named Old Glory or his vintage original 1953 Gibson Les Paul nick-named Ole Red. He fronts a power trio under his name, rooted in the early 1970s hard-rock vein of Cream and Mountain. He resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

Nichols moved to Los Angeles in 2010. He won the Gibson Les Paul Tribute Contest as well as the Musicians Institute Most Outstanding Player Award. He formed his own trio shortly thereafter and released a 3-song EP Live at the Viper Room.

After this release, Nichols toured America and played various clubs/festivals including Sturgis Buffalo Chip, SXSW, Freakout Festival, Summerfest, and more. It was during this time he opened for Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top. In Spring 2014, he embarked on a 2-month European Tour which proved to be successful, resulting in 2015 full-length release Old Glory & The Wild Revival recorded with producers Warren Huart and the legendary Eddie Kramer.

In early 2016, Music Radar named Jared as one of the "Top Upcoming Guitar Players in the World". Around the same time, Nichols was featured in a "mini-doc" series UNCHARTED by Honda and UPROXX about his guitar playing and determination to further himself in the music industry. The documentary went viral online, resulting in over seven million views within one month of its premier.

He has also recorded at historic studios such as Abbey Road, EastWest Studios, La Fabrique, Dave Grohl's Studio 606, Sunset Sound, and Swinghouse.

Nichols has toured across America and Europe with acts including Blue Öyster Cult, Fozzy, Glenn Hughes, John 5 and the Creatures, L.A. Guns, Living Colour, Saxon, Walter Trout, UFO, and Zakk Wylde.

Nichols has performed with many of his musical heroes including Joe Bonamassa, Peter Frampton, Billy Gibbons, Slash, Steve Vai, Leslie West, and Zakk Wylde.



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