Gulf Coast Records announces the signing of New England-based blues/roots band, The Wicked Lo-Down, and will release their label debut CD, Out of Line, on March 8th, 2024. The Wicked Lo-Down is comprised of Nick David - Vocals/Harmonica; Paul Size – Guitar; Jeffrey Berg – Guitar/ Background Vocals; Brad Hallen – Bass; and Nick Toscano – Drums. Out of Line was produced by The Wicked Lo-Down and recorded, mixed and mastered by Jeffrey Berg at Walking Stick Studios, Auburn Mass. Pre-order The Wicked Lo-Down album here: https://www.wickedld.com/.
“Nick David has a blues and rock ‘n’ roll sound that’s deep and soulful,” said Gulf Coast label head Mike Zito in making the announcement. “His singing, writing, and harp playing are old school, yet fresh all at once. The Wicked Lo-Down is a fantastic group behind Nick. Paul Size on guitar is legendary in Texas Blues. Together they bring an exciting new album to the genre and Gulf Coast Records.”
“The Wicked Lo-Down couldn’t be more excited to sign with Gulf Coast Records,” said lead singer Nick David. “We are honored knowing that Mike Zito sees something in us and our music that is worth putting some muscle behind. Gulf Coast is the perfect label for the music that we are creating and we look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with them.”
Formed in 2020 just before the Covid lockdown by guitar giant Paul Size (The Red Devils, Mick Jagger, Sugar Ray & the Bluetones) and powerhouse blues belter Nick David (Mr. Nick & the Dirty Tricks, Queen City Kings), The Wicked Lo-Down blends raw Texas blues and hard hitting Northeast R&B into their own completely original house rockin' sound. Their debut album, We Hot, received critical acclaim from some of the biggest names in the blues world and beyond. Consisting of ten well crafted, barn burners, We Hot established The Wicked Lo-Down as a true force to be reckoned- with and left no doubt that from Austin to Boston is how they roll.
Out of Line, the second record from The Wicked Lo-Down, includes 11 sure-fire originals and two rock solid, unexpected covers: Hound Dog Taylor’s “Just Can’t Make It;” and a bluesified take on “Toxic,” which was originally done by pop princess Britney Spears and the band proceeds to turn completely inside-out. “With ‘Toxic,’ The Wicked Lo-Down have re-crafted this interesting piece of bubble gum pop into a sinister, fierce, rockin’ Texas shuffle with help from the great Monster Mike Welch on guitar,” declares Nick David.
As with their previous release, the focal point of Out of Line is on the songs. Highlighting the songwriting of Berg, David and Size, the band once again solidifies its place by continuing to carve out a lane all its own, making the new disc a must-listen for hard core fans of bands like The Red Devils and the original Fabulous Thunderbirds.
About “The Wildest One” track, Nick David says: “The Wildest One (Lester’s Boogie)” was written as a tribute to the great Lester Butler. The head riff was something that popped into the mind of long time bandmate Paul Size as something that reminded him intensely of Lester and the rest of the song was built around that. The lyrics, written by Nick David reference the life & music of Lester, including song titles from the Red Devils and 13 records.
The Wicked Lo-Down will celebrate the release of Out of Line at the upcoming 2024 New England Winter Blues Festival and Tour, as part of the Gulf Coast Records Revue. The band will have a limited number of new CDs available at these shows. Stay tuned for more CD release parties in the spring!
The 2024 New England Winter Blues Festival will feature four Gulf Coast Records recording artists and four of the blues world’s most fierce and beloved guitar slingers: Popa Chubby, Albert Castiglia, Monster Mike Welch and Paul Size (of The Wicked Lo-Down), who will be bringing bona fide Blues Guitarmageddon to the New England this coming February.
The 14th annual New England Winter Blues Festival Presents: A Gulf Coast Records Revue
Feb 15 - The Rex Theater - Manchester, NH
Feb 16 - Blue Ocean Music Hall - Salisbury Beach, MA
Feb 17 - The Fallout Shelter - Norwood, MA
Feb 18 - Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club - Portsmouth, NH
Meet the Band
Nick David: For the last 25 years, dynamo Blues shouter, unorthodox harmonica ace and extraordinary stage presence Nick David has been entertaining audiences in New England and around the world. Nick spent 12 years fronting the widely regarded Mr. Nick & the Dirty Tricks, which included the Billboard charted album, Oh Wow, produced by the legendary Curtis Salgado. Nick has performed and recorded with many notable musicians, including; Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson, The Holmes Brothers, John Popper, Otis Grand, Jerry Portnoy, Duke Robillard, Ronnie Earl, Curtis Salgado, Big Bill Morganfield, Jason Ricci, James Harman, The Nighthawks, Rick Estrin and Junior Watson, to name a few.
Paul Size: For the last 40 years, Paul Size has been the pure embodiment of blistering Texas Blues guitar. Having grown up and made his bones in Texas amongst modern day Blues royalty like Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and SRV, it is no surprise that he turned out to be the juggernaut that he is today. At just 19 years old, Paul moved to LA to join the famed Red Devils, where he spent three years traveling around the world, playing and recording with a wide variety of musicians including Mick Jagger, Los Lobos, The Allman Brothers, The Black Crowes, Doyle Bramhall, Doyle Bramhall II, Kim Wilson, and Ronnie Earl. He recorded one full-length record and did several recording projects with legendary producer Rick Rubin. After moving to New England, Paul spent several years in the stalwart Johnny Hoy & the Bluefish and recorded and toured as a member of New England Blues royalty, Sugar Ray & the Bluetones.
Brad Hallen: Having been a full time musician since 1975, Brad has played on over 200 records to date and has recorded and toured the world many times over with Blues and R&B artists such as Duke Robillard, Jimmie Vaughn, Susan Tedeschi, James Cotton, Billy Boy Arnold, Curtis Salgado, Hubert Sumlin, Roomful of Blues, Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, The Founders, Monster Mike Welch as, well as many Rock artists including Iggy Pop, Ministry, Ric Ocasek, Elliot Easton and Ben Orr (The Cars), Jane Wiedlin (The Go Go’s), The Nervous Eaters, The Joneses, Willie Alexander, Aimee Mann and many others
Jeff Berg: Jeff Berg has been an integral part of the New England Blues scene for the last 30 years, whether fronting and playing guitar in his own band, Night Train, playing bass for ubiquitous New England Blues stompers Ryan Hartt and The Blue Hearts, or original rock outfit The Howl. In addition, Jeff is chief recording engineer at Walking Stick Studio, as well as record producer and label owner of Feffrey Records.
Nick Toscano: Nick Toscano has been playing drums in all forms of musical settings in New England and beyond for over 30 years. In addition to The Wicked Lo-Down, he’s recorded albums as a member of Ryan Hartt and the Blue Hearts, The Eric Ducoff Band, Chris Capaldi, The Raymond McMorrin Quintet, and others. Nick has also been on the road with some dynamite touring artists including Junior Watson, Mark Hummel, Rusty Zinn, and Anson Funderburgh.
Out of Line Track Listing and Songwriting Credits
1) Kill Me or Keep Me (J. Berg)
2) Marchin’ On (N. David, P. Size)
3) Bogeyman (N. David)
4) Out of Line (N. David, P. Size)
5) The Wildest One (Lester’s Boogie) (N. David, P. Size)
6) Toxic (C. Dennis, H. Jonback, C. Karlsson, P. Winnberg)
7) Action Woman (N. David, P. Size)
8) If I (J. Berg)
9) Dime Store Darling (J. Berg)
10) You Don’t Know Me (J. Berg, N. David)
11) Vanna Be (P. Size)
12) Put Up With You (N. David)
13) Just Can’t Make It (T.R. Taylor)
Mike Zito - Guitar on Out of Line
Monster Mike Welch - Guitar on Toxic