Highly acclaimed underground soul/blues duo Dwight & Nicole (Dwight Ritcher and Nicole Nelson) have been charming music fans and critics for years with their profound blend of American music. Equal parts 60’s soul, 40’s jazz, and Delta blues, Dwight & Nicole provide a brand new classic sound that is the embodiment of popular American music.
Performing often as a duo, Dwight & Nicole have the ability to bring a very big presence to any stage. Ritcher, a multi-instrumentalist, tastefully plays a Gibson Flying V guitar at most shows, running bass lines and finger-picking. When the mood strikes he plays crushing solos, reminiscent of Albert King in their grit and strength. Often, if the music calls for it, he sits at a piano or even behind a drum kit, adding to the texture of their set. Occasionally, Nelson, who builds rhythm by stomping, clapping and playing tambourine, will strap on the guitar, or sit at a piano; further revealing their versatility.
In their folk-pop leanings, they garner comparisons to Tom Waits & Rickie Lee Jones. They have also been referred to as the “rocked out reincarnation of Ella Fitzgerald and Jimmy Rushing” in their jazzier turns.
Together, Dwight & Nicole generate an extraordinary depth of emotion. During the quiet, intimate parts of a show, the crowd is pin-drop silent; feeling the weight of every word. Dwight’s deep and soulful voice moves with Nicole’s expressive alto, producing lush harmonies that build and erupt, at points, to beautiful peaks; punctuating their set with memorable highlights that remain long after the curtains close.