Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Nick Wade
Nick Wade’s journey as a musician began 32 years ago, when he took his first lesson at five years old. Teaching him was his grandfather, Johnny Wade, a professional jazz musician who played with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Slack, and many others. Johnny could play well over ten wind instruments, including the harmonica and piano.
Nick still recalls that first lesson from his grandpa. “My grandpa showed me how to hold the trainer flute, he played a short melody, and I played it right back to him.” This impressed Wade’s grandfather. The elder Wade would visit once or twice a year, give a short lesson, and leave practice material; however, Nick never showed much interest. It wasn’t until the age of 22, that Nick finally got serious about music. He quickly taught himself the guitar and began playing Chicago-style electric blues, but it would be the music of bluesman Robert Johnson that became the catalyst for a total dedication to country blues and spiritual music.
Following Nick’s devotion to musical study and the honing of his skills, he received an invite to play at the legendary Bentonia Blues Festival in Bentonia, Mississippi. Soon thereafter, this was followed by attention from record labels and different people from the entertainment industry.
Today, Nick performs with notable musicians, and festivals in addition to operating a virtual music venue called “Overall Junction” which brings together the biggest names in country blues. Nick is also working on his debut album, to be released in 2023.
Nick is a humble man who credits Christ, who he describes as his creator, for giving him “a good ear and rhythm in his soul” and his mother and grandpa for their musical training when he was a child.