Buffalo Nichols follows up a Thursday night gig at MilkBoy with a spellbinding Free at Noon from Ardmore Music Hall - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart

The way WXPN Artist to Watch Buffalo Nichols can take command of a room with nothing but a guitar and a chain of effects pedals is remarkable. Delivering a unique sound that draws on experimental ambient, psychedelia, metal, and the blues, Nichols played to a warm and receptive crowd at today’s Free at Noon concert at Ardmore Music Hall, some 12 hours after he headlined MilkBoy in Center City.

Nichols just announced his eagerly-anticipated sophomore album, The Fatalistpre-order it here — and we were treated to a new live version of its single “You’re Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond.” Mostly, though, the show drew on his self-titled 2021 debut, along with the one-off single he released since then, “Friends” — one Nichols joked he hoped would be a bigger hit, except it’s five minutes long and makes you feel sad. As much as his music addresses weighty themes with whirlwind playing floating on Floyd-ian clouds, he lessens the blow with wry humor between songs, noting the strong attendance at the early hour (“maybe all my shows should be this early and free”), the family-friendly makeup of the crowd (“this is my PG banter”), and demuring when an audience member wanted to hear about how vintage his gear was (“I don’t like to talk about guitars, sorry”).

Check out photos of Buffalo Nichols’ Free At Noon performance below. His tour continues tonight in Monkton, Maryland; get his full itinerary of dates at his website.

Buffalo Nichols
Free At Noon
  • Lost and Lonesome
  • Sick Bed Blues
  • Living Hell
  • Life Goes On
  • These Things
  • How To Love
  • You're Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond
  • Friends

For more, check out photos of last night’s MilkBoy concert by Buffalo Nichols, where he performed backed by mandolin and fiddle player Spencer Tate. Opening the show was Big Benny Bailey, the country project of Shamir with Ben Pierce of Roger Harvey’s band and more.

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