John Nitzinger says goodbye and hello
Saturday, the 57-year-old artist will play his last concert, he says. After 40 years of playing everywhere from spit-shine Bass Hall to spit-ball places on the Jacksboro Highway, Nitz is calling it a career; his final show is Saturday at McDavid Studio, across the street from Bass Hall.
"Even though the show is on April 1, this is not an April Fool's joke," he says, laughing. "I just gotta slow down, so no more playing beer joints and doing big tours. I might play a show here and there, but this is pretty much the end of me playing to live audiences."
Nitzinger, as most Fort Worth music fans know, has battled health problems for years. He's been treated for cancer and, last year, suffered a major stroke. Every time he recovers from one illness, it seems, another one's lurking around the corner to take its place.
But he has been healthy recently, hence his entering a new venture: Nitzinger's Music Factory, an all-in-one band rehearsal space/music school/workshop. It's at 911 S. Main St., suite B, adjacent to Eagle Audio.
"I'm teaching guitar lessons, giving workshops," he says. "We try to find kids that normally wouldn't get a chance to do this, to play. It's fun and it's so different, and it's something I've always wanted to do."
Nitzinger says he'll also keep recording and keep putting out CDs; he just won't be touring behind them.
For the show at McDavid, Nitzinger says he'll perform with members of the Fort Worth Symphony, along with others. He wouldn't say whether old pal Delbert McClinton might drop by.
"Let's just say there will be some special guests," he says. One will be 10-year-old guitar wizard Matt "Mojo" Tedder. "Tell people he's my clone," Nitzinger says, laughing. "He's 10 years old and already playing Stevie Ray Vaughan. He's amazing."
Just like you, Nitz.
Saturday's show starts around 9 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call (817) 212-4280.
Same night, a few hours later at the Wreck Room, Fort Worth Americana-rockers Chatterton will usher in the arrival of a five-song, self-titled EP. Singer/ringleader Kevin Aldridge says it has a '70s-rock slant to it. Joining them will be the Chemistry Set.
Malcolm Mayhew, (817) 390-7713 email@example.com