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Nick Tolford & Company

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Nick Tolford & Company are a seven-piece rock and roll band from Columbus, Ohio. Led by Nick Tolford on vocals and Rhodes keyboard, the band also features Julian Dassai (guitar), Bobby Silver (bass), Mike O’Shaughnessy (drums), and three backup singers: Katie Gartin, Leslie Jankowski, and Cecil Moore III.

A virtual who’s who of the Columbus rock scene, members of the band have played in The Slide Machine, Church of the Red Museum, El Jesus de Magico, Brainbow, and with national hip hop act, Blueprint.

Formed in 2009, Nick Tolford & Company draws influence from the sounds of Stax, Motown, and Columbus’ own Capsoul Records, delivering songs that span the spectrum from sweat-soaked rock’n’roll to blood-and-guts soul crooners. Passionate, energetic, and upbeat, Nick Tolford & Company teeter on the edge between raw soul electricity and punk rock abandon.

Nick Tolford & Company have shared the stage with Booker T, the Fleshtones, Mavis Staples, The Flaming Lips, The Coup, Cat Power, George Jones, Company of Thieves, Grand Funk Railroad, and The Ohio Players, among others. They have also played to enthusiastic crowds at regional festivals such as the Nelsonville Music Festival, Athens’ Blackout Fest, and have headlined the massive Comfest in Columbus.

Releases include the full-length albums Just a Kiss (2014) and Extraordinary Love (2010), and a 7” called Summertime (2010). The band has plans to tour in support of Just a Kiss and return to the studio in the summer of 2014 for a third full-length album.

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