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Johnny Nitro




Johnny Nitro 2004

The saddest news we've ever had to deliver... Johnny Nitro passed away on February 19.

San Francisco
Chronicle obituary
Facebook tribute
Blue Bear The Blue Bear School of Music in San Francisco is establishing a Johnny Nitro Scholarship



Johnny Nitro's new CD, Trouble, is available via the web at Under the Radar Music 

SFBlues.net reviews Trouble
(other reviews at bottom of review page)

Trouble CD details

Johnny Nitro

"If the world was fair, Johnny Nitro would be famous," says Michael Locke. The dean of the North Beach blues scene, mentor to Tommy Castro and countless others, Johnny Nitro packs The Saloon every Friday night -- "unless he has a better gig." Johnny has the regular Sunday night slot there too, when he often invites his many guitar students to come air it out. Several gigs a month at Lou's Pier 47 on the Wharf as well.

Johnny's backed by wife Silvia Newton on vocals and tenor sax, Tom Bowers on bass, and Perfesser Dick McDonough on drums.

Johnny Nitro has played with Albert King, Albert Collins and Sonny Rhodes. Johnny wrote Dirty Dishes, a song made famous by Albert Collins and also recorded by Tab Benoit.

Johnny's long-awaited new CD, Trouble, is now available.
Check it out...
Trouble CD details

what a concept!

You can hear Johnny Nitro on the radio too!

His new CD, Trouble, is being played by stations including
KECG 97.7 FM
KPOO 89.5 FM
KRSH 95.9 FM


Cristina Taccone photo


'tro Bros




Trouble CD details

'Have two more just to be on the safe side...'
Johnny Nitro at the Rumsey Blues Festival, fall 2000 / photo by Scott Palmer
more Johnny Nitro photos by Scott Palmer

 Johnny Nitro & the Doorslammers

A recent iteration of Johnny's band features Silvia Cicardini on vocals and tenor sax, Mister Nitro himself, Dick McDonough on drums, and Tom Bowers on bass. January 25,2004 at The Saloon. Photo by Stan Erhart.

new Doorslammer drummer Robin Roth

 Nitro schedule

Keep drinking triples 'til you're seeing double, feeling single and getting in trouble, says Johnny. Keep that bacon shakin'. And please, Please, Please... after the show, if you're going to be driving, please... be sure you've got a car or a truck or a motorcycle or something.

"And remember, when you've had too many...
Have two more just to be on the safe side."

Nitro schedule


(925) 777-0897 for Johnny Nitro booking

Johnny Nitro e-mail

Johnny and Silvia on August 18, 2002 at The Saloon


Silvia and Johnny, yuletide 2003 at The Saloon
looks like she's clipped Johnny's lid!


Mrs. Johnny T. Nitro, aka Bride of Nitro,
aka Silvia Cicardini...
... and yes, she really does walk the bar

Johnny Nitro (right) with Albert King (at left with lefty Gibson Flying Vee, of course)

OK, one more...


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