Shane Nicholson often went six months without playing in front of a crowd but, this time, it was different.
The multi award-winning country music/roots singer-songwriter admitted he hadn’t realised how much he missed live shows until he performed at Warners Bay last Friday.
“I can go months without playing if I’m in between albums and not touring, but this one felt longer because it was a forced hiatus,” he said.
“It took me a while to get my sea legs back but, man, it was amazing.
“Once that train left the station, it wasn’t just me enjoying it, you could tell the audience had missed the gigs too.
“You wouldn’t even know the room was only half full because of COVID restrictions – every second seat has to be vacant, but you wouldn’t know it.
“I guess we were all just so happy to be there.”
Nicholson has received three ARIA awards, most recently for his solo album Hell Breaks Loose in 2015 and for his hit collaborations with Kasey Chambers, Rattlin’ Bones and Wreck and Ruin.
He has also won 10 CMAA Golden Guitar Awards, including 2018 Male Artist of the Year, and an APRA award.
Nicholson will perform at Coffs Harbour and Goulburn before returning to the Hunter Valley for a show at Dashville on Saturday 28 November.
Dashville has teamed up with the NSW Government and ARIA to offer a regional outdoor experience as part of Great Southern Nights – an initiative that will bring 1,000 COVID Safe gigs to venues across the state this month.
Nicholson & The General Waste are set to headline the special show, alongside Kevin Bennett & The Flood and Hunter Valley singer-songwriter Anna Weatherup.
Nicholson praised Dashville’s “family [and] educated music lover” vibe.
“There’s a really good feeling about the place – there’s never any trouble, it’s always about the music and the people,” he said.
“It’s a special little universe that they’ve created.”
Dashville’s Great Southern Nights will start at 4pm at Belford, near Singleton. Visit the Dashville website for more information or to buy tickets.