About Dwight + Nicole
American roots artists Dwight Ritcher and Nicole Nelson have toured the Eastern US as a power trio called
Dwight+Nicole since 2017. They have been steadily cultivating a devoted following, and gaining plenty of industry
respect along the way; They’ve been nominated for nine Boston Music Awards, eight Daysie Awards, and ten New
England Music Awards, winning “Band of the Year”, “Vocalist of the Year”, “Best Blues/R&B Band”, “Female Vocalist
of the Year”, “Blues Act of the Year” and “Video of the Year” They have opened up for their idols including Mavis
Staples, who exclaimed “Dwight & Nicole are powerful! That’s my favorite new band” as well as Melissa Etheridge
who said “Dwight & Nicole are absolutely the real deal, they are outstanding singers and songwriters, and I am proud
that they are here. They are carrying the torch.”
Nelson and Ritcher met in Boston, Massachusetts when they were just out of school, both cutting their teeth on the
local club circuit. They each fronted popular bands in the area, and discovered a shared obsession of soul & blues
greats like the Staples Singers, Albert King, Lighting Hopkins, Jimmy Witherspoon, Roberta Flack & Etta James.
They began singing together often, and developed a close friendship that grew romantic over time. Eventually, they
formed Dwight & Nicole, which was in the early days, a duo group; Dwight on electric guitar, Nelson on tambourine
stomping their feet and singing in harmony. They began to tour regionally- writing together and developing a sound.
After a move to Burlington VT, they met powerhouse drummer Ezra Oklan (Nicole Atkins, Elle King) and the group
quickly formed a trio with Nelson picking up the bass.
Their EP, Electric Lights, was recorded live to analog tape with multi-Grammy nominated producer Joel Hamilton
(Aaron Neville, Tom Waitts, The Meters, The Black Keys) at Studio G in Brooklyn, NY. Hamilton has undoubtedly
captured their sound and live energy. He also brings out their experimental side on Electric Lights. The EP has
introduced the band to a new wave of fans as well as opportunities including their first major label distribution deal
through Orchard / Sony Music. The year wrapped up with another Independent Music Award nomination, and the
Electric Lights EP landing on several ‘Best of the Year’ lists.
Winter of 2019 found them back in the studio with Hamilton, recording their follow up as a power trio. The new
album was set to be released in April of 2020, but the worldwide shutdowns & cancelled tours hit pause on
everything. D&N took the time off the road to become more active in their local community, hosting fundraisers,
streaming concerts, and Nicole began offering online sound healing sessions. As 2021 brought waves of industry
re-opening, the band has been booking shows and releasing new music. As the stages have gotten bigger, the band has
gotten bigger and now features keys, backup vocalists and often a horn section. Check out the singles “Next
Go-Round” and “Time” that they released this summer ahead of the upcoming new album “Further” coming in
October. Follow them on IG & socials for tour announcements and a peek behind the scenes @dwightandnicole