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Blues ain't just Greek to Johnny Nicholas
Music Story  July 20, 2012, by Margaret Moser
"...Johnny Nicholas has it sweet...."

The Funeral
Nobody spins a good morality yarn like Abel Ferrara. With The Funeral, the notorious director delivers his most straight-ahead movie, having reined in some of his more extreme narrative impulses...
Film Review  November 22, 1997, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The performances in The Funeral are all electrifying. Ferrara also aligns himself with many of his longtime associates in the creation of The Funeral, most notably screenwriter Nicholas St..."

The Story Behind the Menu
Hill Top Cafe dishes up down-home fare with authentic Texas origins
Food Story  July 20, 2012, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The son of Greek immigrants, bluesman Johnny Nicholas pursued a music career from the East Coast to Chicago, Louisiana, and finally Austin, where he joined Asleep at the Wheel in the late Seventies (see "Rembetika,"). Brenda Schlaudt is a descendant of German immigrants who settled near Fredericksburg in the second half of the 19th century..."

$liding Home
Austin slide guitar sovereign Cindy Cashdollar steps out from the side
Music Story  April 9, 2004, by Jim Caligiuri
"...But she had a notable career before them. Now she's stepping out on her own, having just released her solo debut, Slide Show, a collection of duets with such singular talents as Redd Volkaert, Sonny Landreth, Jorma Kaukonen, Marcia Ball, Steve James, Mike Auldridge, Lucky Oceans, Johnny Nicholas, and legendary Bob Wills alumnus Herb Remington...."

Hill Top Cafe Under Siege?
The Fredericksburg hub is in embroiled in a battle with the TCEQ
News Story  July 13, 2017, by Michael King
"...But the TCEQ and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency classifies the restaurant as a "public water system," and therefore it must install a "chlorination or reverse-osmosis system." Nicholas says such a system would cost at least $60,000 – money he says he doesn't have – and would "ruin the taste" of the food and water..."

We Can't Go Home Again
Piecing through Nicholas Ray's archive at the HRC
Screens Story  August 5, 2011, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"..."Hopper, Hedda; Hopper, Dennis." So reads the handwritten scrawl of names and numbers in one of Nicholas Ray's many personal phone books picked up at random while exploring the filmmaker's archives, which have now found a permanent home at the University of Texas' Harry Ransom Center. Such was the film director's breadth of friends and colleagues..."

Eat, Drink, Watch Movies at the Alamo Drafthouse North, or just eat and drink in Fredericksburg, in this week's "Food-o-File."
Food Column  October 25, 2002, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Admission is $5 for those 12-21 and free for kids under 12. Twenty Texas wineries will be pouring their best vintages, and there will be delectable samples of many Texas foods, craft and gift items, cooking demonstrations, wine appreciation classes, and live music from Ponty Bone & the Squeezetones, the Badlands Jazz Band, and Johnny Nicholas, as well as the Gargantuan Great Grape Toss, the famous team water balloon fight..."

Crazy Heart
At the crazy heart of the 2009-10 Austin Music Awards sits Stephen Bruton
Music Story  March 19, 2010, by Raoul Hernandez
"...8pm The Texas Sheiks, with Geoff Muldaur, Jim Kweskin, Bruce Hughes, Cindy Cashdollar, and Johnny Nicholas..."

Austin Music Awards Show Performers 1983-2016
Every AMA performance lineup of the past 34 years
Features Story  March 2, 2017
"...2010: Mother Falcon, Sarah Jarosz, Will Sexton & Sahara Smith, the Explosives with Moby Grape’s Peter Lewis and CCR’s Stu Cook; the Texas Sheiks: Geoff Muldaur, Jim Kweskin, Bruce Hughes, Cindy Cashdollar, Johnny Nicholas; Soul Jam: Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Blues Boy Hubbard, Johnny Hernandez, Raul Malo..."

Designated Drummer
Drummer Ernie Durawa's Way of Knowledge.
Music Story  May 23, 2003, by Bill Bentley
"...Related like his other jobs in the Austin Jazz Workshop, with Johnny Nicholas' Texas All-Stars, or John Arthur Martinez's group. The South Austin Marimba Band, the National Guitar Workshop summer music camps, and doing shows with Groove Labs..."

Texas Culture Bash
Music Story  July 21, 1995
"...On Sunday, starting at 12:30pm, TDF perpetuates Texas music on The Acoustic Stage by starting with the Hungarian Folk ensemble Kolorash, followed by: fiddlers Valerie and Jimmy Don Bates; Klezmer music with Rubinchik's Kapyele; blues guitarist Johnny Nicholas; Latin-American folkies Correo Aereo; Puerto Rican songwriter Lourdes Perez; and Cajun accordionist Andrew Cormier. Down in the amphitheatre, beginning at 1pm, look for: The Bells of Joy and the Gospel Stars; country music from Leon "Pappy" Selph, Johnny Gimble, and Don Walser; conjunto with Mingo Saldivar and Johnny Degollado; regional blues from Carol Fran & Clarence Hollimon; zydeco with Little Willie Davis; and contemporary roots music from accordionist Ponty Bone, and Omar & the Howlers...."

Johnny Nicholas
Music Review  September 22, 2016, by Raoul Hernandez
"..."Roll, and I'll just feel something" begins the Vaughan Brothers' 1990 landmark Family Style, codifying the blues backward and forward as readily as the tonic, dominant, and subdominant chord progression stamping the genre since the beginning like a serial number. Johnny Nicholas' 2011 breakthrough Future Blues rode a Fifties Cadillac glide every bit as smooth as his Saxon Pub residency, but Fresh Air takes wing after dark..."

Cindy Cashdollar Reviewed
Music Story  April 9, 2004, by Christopher Gray
"...Guitarphiles will revel in the palette of sounds on display here – Strats, Steelmasters, Rickenbackers, Nationals, and so forth – while more casual listeners will likely gravitate to the two tracks with vocals. The New Orleans R&B of "Something I Can't Do" bounces with Marcia Ball and ex-Wheelman Johnny Nicholas, while old favorite "Milk Cow Blues" finds Nicholas plugging in some hot-to-trot alternate lyrics..."

Dancing About Architecture
Labor Days ends, people bummed.
Music Column  September 6, 2002, by Ken Lieck
"...If you're partial to the piano, there'll be five of 'em lined up onstage for the Austin Music Network's last big recording project of the season. Marcia Ball, Floyd Domino, Nick Connelly, Riley Osborne, and Johnny Nicholas, along with special guests and "one brave drummer" perform at Antone's this Sunday, 6-9pm....."

Hill Country Food and Wine Guide
Food Story  April 5, 2002
"...A genuine honky-tonk on a landlocked stretch of German-influenced Hill Country highway is the last place you'd expect to find Greek/Cajun cuisine, right? Unless, of course, you're already familiar with Brenda and Johnny Nicholas' renowned Hilltop Cafe between Fredericksburg and Mason. The Greek food and Asleep at the Wheel memorabilia are the results of Johnny's background, and the spicy Cajun food stylings are Brenda's contribution..."

Hill Country Food & Wine Guide
by Virginia B. Wood & the Cuisines staff
Food Story  April 13, 2001
"...A genuine honky-tonk on a landlocked stretch of German-influenced Hill Country highway is the last place you'd expect to find Greek/Cajun cuisine, right? Unless, of course, you're already familiar with Brenda and Johnny Nicholas' renowned Hilltop Cafe between Fredericksburg and Mason. The Greek food and Asleep at the Wheel memorabilia are the results of Johnny's background, and the spicy Cajun food stylings are Brenda's contribution..."

Dancing About Architecture
Al No Go Ryko Solo
Music Column  November 22, 1996
"...Threadgill's World Headquarters has its Monday Music Marathon up and running, if you haven't noticed, with Floyd Domino hosting the Pianorama 2-6pm (this week featuring Riley Osbourn and Johnny Nicholas), and Jimmy LaFave (filling in for Champ Hood) and the Threadgill's Troubadors running the Supper Sessions 6-10pm. You can ask Threadgill's owner Eddie Wilson for more information while you have him sign his new cookbook this Saturday at Waterloo Records at 3:30pm..."

The SXSW Expansion Club
Music Column  February 23, 1996
"...Not sure if it was my mistake or an omission on the list that the W.C.Handy Foundation sent me, but one way or another, Marcia Ball got left off of my list of Handy Awards nominees a couple of weeks ago. She's up for Contemporary Female Blues Artist and Blues Piano awards, and if you want to check out her qualifications, you can head over to La Zona Rosa's Pianorama this Sunday, where she, Floyd Domino, Johnny Nicholas, Nick Connolly, Robert Skiles and Ben Conroy will be tickling a lot of ivories....."

The Residents
Twelve essential Austin residencies
Music Story  November 25, 2015, by Raoul Hernandez
"...From the Fabulous Thunderbirds burning down the Rome Inn on Monday nights in the Seventies to 2015 Austin Music Awards Hall of Fame inductee Margaret Wright holding court Thursdays & Fridays at the Skylark Lounge, Austin's sonic empire is built on residencies. Related by bedrock roots, the Continental Club (Toni Price, Dale Watson, Jon Dee Graham & James McMurtry), Saxon Pub (Bob Schneider, Johnny Nicholas), and Broken Spoke (come back Jesse Dayton) alone could keep the lights on..."

Texas Horns
Music Story  June 18, 2015, by Jay Trachtenberg
"...Accompanied by guitar ace Derek O'Brien and drummer extraordinaire Barry "Frosty" Smith, the Horns play host to a cavalcade of local blues luminaries including Marcia Ball, W.C. Clark, Nick Connolly, and Johnny Nicholas..."

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