Project Description

Songwriter, Producer, Session Guitarist, Recording Artist

We’re humbled to welcome 2-time Grammy-winning songwriter, producer, session guitarist, and recording artist Gary Nicholson to the Vanguard family!
To choose a few of the artists who have recorded his songs is tough, but Robert Plant, Fleetwood Mac, BB King, Ringo Starr, Neil Diamond, and Willie Nelson is just skimming the surface. He’s written #1 hits, won 2 Grammys, had songs in major motion pictures and television, and there’s over 600 recordings of his songs cut genres including in country, pop, rock, and blues.
Gary has had Ray Kennedy‘s demo V13 Tube Condenser microphone for awhile, using it as the vocal microphone for artists like and Eagles songwriter Jack Tempchin. He just picked up a V13 of his own, serial #750. Gary’s words on the V13 made my day –
“it just keeps proving itself, time and time again, on everything.”
We’re so thrilled and honored to welcome you to the family, Gary! Go listen to some of Gary’s incredible songs at

Gary Nicholson is a number one hit songwriter, two-time Grammy winning producer, recording artist, world traveling performer, and session guitarist. He was inducted into the Texas Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2011. There are over six hundred recordings of his songs in various genres including country, rock, blues, folk, bluegrass, and pop.

Country cuts by Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Garth Brooks, George Strait, George Jones, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Trisha Yearwood, Don Williams, Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Patty Loveless, Randy Travis, Keith Whitley, The Dixie Chicks, Reba McKentire, Alabama, The Mavericks, The Judds, Wynonna, Dierks Bentley, T Graham Brown, Lee Roy Parnell, Billy Currington, Toby Keith, Gary Allan, Montgomery Gentry, Conway Twitty, Travis Tritt, Ronnie Milsap, Tanya Tucker, John Anderson, Guy Clark, Pam Tillis, Billy Joe Shaver, and the list goes on.

Pop/rock/blues cuts by BB King, Ringo Starr, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, Neil Diamond, Bonnie Raitt, John Prine, Buddy Guy, Michael McDonald, Delbert McClinton, Keb Mo, Taj Mahal, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Gregg Allman, The Neville Brothers, Robert Plant, Etta James, Dion, George Thorogood, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Los Lonely Boys, Joan Osborne, Arthur Alexander, The Blues Brothers, and so many more.

In addition to his two Grammy winning records with Delbert McClinton, he has produced records for Billy Joe Shaver, Marcia Ball, The Judds, Wynonna, Pam Tillis, T Graham Brown, Chris Knight, Seth Walker, Stoney Larue, and many others. As a guitarist he has played live and recorded with Delbert McClinton, Billy Joe Shaver, Guy Clark, Bobby Bare, Joe Ely, Bo Diddley, and others. His songs have been included in many major motion pictures and television, the song “Falling and Flying” is featured in the Oscar winning film “Crazy Heart” performed by Jeff Bridges. Gary has also conducted  songwriting and guitar workshops at Berklee School of Music, Kerrville Folk Festival, Durango Songwriting Festival, and various others.

After years of writing songs and producing records for others, Gary is now performing regularly, traveling where the music takes him, from his home state of Texas to California, New York City to Belfast, Ireland to Bali, Indonesia, and Havana, Cuba.

Gary performs solo singer/songwriter style doing his country and Americana material and with his various bands as his alternate persona Whitey Johnson, featuring his blues songs and giving him the opportunity to play some Texas blues electric guitar.

He has appeared at many prestigious venues including The Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe, (Nashville, Tn), Austin City Limits Theater, Antones, The Cactus Cafe, The Saxon Pub, (Austin Tx), The Dosey Doe, Woodlands, Tx, The Bottom Line, NYC, The Birchmere, Alexandria Va., Knuckleheads, Kansas City, Mountain Stage, West Virginia, Whelan’s, Dublin, Ireland, and so many others.

He has performed on Delbert McClinton’s Sandy Beaches cruise for twenty four years and this year on the Joe Bonamassa Keeping the Blues Alive Cruise

For more info and complete discography visit