Darrell Nulisch Biography

14 September 1952, Dallas, Texas, USA. As a teenager Nulisch played harmonica and sang with R&B and soul bands, always finding a strong connection with the blues. As a child he listened to artists such as Jimmy McCracklin, Freddie King and near-neighbour Jimmie Vaughan. Starting in the late 70s, Nulisch sang with Anson Funderburgh’s Rockets, making several recordings with them during his seven years with the band. He was also with Mike Morgan’s Crawl before moving to Massachusetts to join Ronnie Earl’s Broadcasters. Towards the end of 1990, Nulisch decided to launch his solo career and he quickly built a reputation not only with audiences but among his peers and singers of an earlier generation, notably James Cotton with whom he toured in the 90s.

Nulisch’s repertoire ably blends emotional soul with lively R&B and Chicago-style blues, all of it reformed to suit his distinctive singing voice. Additionally, some of the songs in Nulisch’s repertoire are his own work, many of them written in collaboration with Steve Gomes, who plays bass in Texas Heat, the band that has accompanied the singer for some years. Other regular band members include Benjie Porecki (piano), Jon Moeller (guitar) and Robb Stupka (drums).

In the early 00s, Nulisch, who was by then resident in Massachusetts, was expanding his audience owing in part to some very good recordings that demonstrated his playing, singing and composing skills..

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.