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
“A retro soul band, contemporary blues act, roots rock duo and R&B dynamo all at once... simple, hypnotic... 'The Next Go-Round' works nicely as a calling card for Dwight + Nicole’s sound. It resembles a gospel tune written a century ago and would also fit nicely on Brittany Howard’s 2019 experimental pop album."
- Boston Herald
“They’re retro, they’re groovy, they’re good songwriters... soulful, lo-fi sound... thoughtful song-smithing."
- American Songwriter
“Notes of R&B and hip-hop with a smoothness that feels like cruising through the city on a summer night. The band layers on funky elements on guitar and organ, culminating in a mix of vocal harmonies and rich instrumentals that
leave you feeling enchanted.”
(review of the single “Time)
“There are good voices, and then there are GREAT voices; Nicole Nelson is definitely the latter”
- Christina Aguilera
“Dwight & Nicole are a tour-de-force that demand much wider success. Poignant, hard driving... and heavenly”
- Steve Morse, Boston Globe
new release out now
"...the single and its soulful, lo-fi sound are indicative of
Dwight + Nicole’s particular brand of thoughtful song-smithing...
What’s so neat about “Further” is its sense of immediacy…
there’s something about Ritcher and Nicole Nelson’s
vocal performances that makes it feel so raw, so urgent."
- American Songwriter
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