Dwight & Nicole step into Bull Run spotlight

SHIRLEY — Award-winning blues and soul duo Dwight & Nicole make their Bull Run debut on April 19.

Doors at 7 p.m. at 215 Great Road in Shirley and the music begins at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $16 in advance and can be purchased at tickets.bullrunrestaurant.com.

Dwight Ritcher and Nicole Nelson met in Boston when they were just out of school, cutting their teeth on the local club circuit.

They each fronted popular blues bands and discovered a shared love of the greats like Albert King, Lighting Hopkins, Mavis Staples, Jimmy Witherspoon and Etta James.

The pair began singing together often, and developed a close friendship which eventually became romantic.

They later formed the duo “Dwight & Nicole” and began touring regionally, gaining fans while developing their sound. They have since moved to Burlington, Vermont, where they met powerhouse drummer Ezra Oklan and the group became a trio.

They have garnered plenty of industry respect, with nominations for nine Boston Music Awards, seven Boston Phoenix Awards, eight Daysie Awards, and nine New England Music Awards — all the while becoming skilled songwriters.

Their new EP “Electric Lights” was recorded live to analog tape with multi-Grammy nominated producer Joel Hamilton (Aaron Neville, The Meters, The Black Keys) at Studio G in Brooklyn, N.Y. Hamilton has undoubtedly captured their sound and live energy. He also brings out their experimental side on Electric Lights. The EP has introduced them to a whole new wave of fans as well as opportunities. The year wrapped up with an Independent Music Award nomination, and Electric Lights landing on several Best of the Year’ lists.

In 2019, they already are back at Studio G with Hamilton recording what will be the follow up to the EP that started a whole new sound.