Darren Nicholson - Ain't No Sin
  • Ain't No Sin
  • Ain't No Sin
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:52) [8.61 MB]
Biography
Darren Nicholson’s “Ain’t No Sin” is a raucous, tongue-in-cheek story of mountain folk separating sin from survival. Says Darren, “It is a fictional tale of people who did what they had to do to provide for their families and communities,” he continues. “The moonshiner way of life was embraced and woven into so many rural circles.In many cases, the quality of their liquor and how it benefited both producer and consumer, was a point of pride for certain areas. What many people fail to realize is that corn liquor production was a way for people to earn a living when times were hard, like during the Great Depression. Where the ‘sin’ part comes into play is when one can acknowledge that whiskey by itself is not a sin; rather, it’s the overindulgence. This song speaks to the ones who find it most sinful: the ones who can’t control the distribution of it or profit from it.”
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Though it has all the trappings and spirit of a well-worn bootlegging story of corn liquor and moonshiners (think “Mountain Dew,” “White Lightning” or “Dooley”), Darren Nicholson’s first single of the new year digs a little deeper than its upbeat, elemental bluegrass feel might at first suggest. Backed by an all-star cast that includes two award-winning instrumentalists in Kristin Scott Benson (banjo) and Sister Sadie fiddler Deanie Richardson, the singer-songwriter-mandolinist delivers a propulsive original that almost subliminally leavens its classic lyric touches and tale with a bit of clear-eyed, historically informed realism.

“This is our raucous, tongue-in-cheek story of mountain folk separating sin from survival,” says Nicholson. “I wrote this with Charles Humphrey III, and it’s even more ironic as I’m currently several years into sobriety myself.

“It is a fictional tale of people who did what they had to do to provide for their families and communities,” he continues. “The moonshiner way of life was embraced and woven into so many rural circles. Heck, my dad made illegal whiskey to survive — and he made it for everyone from the grannies to the politicians to the preachers. In many cases, the quality of their liquor and how it benefited both producer and consumer, was a point of pride for certain areas. What many people fail to realize is that corn liquor production was a way for people to earn a living when times were hard, like during the Great Depression. Early on, it wasn’t a hobby so much as a way to supplement one’s income as a necessity.

“Where the ‘sin’ part comes into play is when one can acknowledge that whiskey by itself is not a sin; rather, it’s the overindulgence in or the behaviors resulting from too much to drink which are viewed as sinful. This song speaks to the ones who find it most sinful: the ones who can’t control the distribution of it or profit from it.”

“I hope all who listen have fun with this track,” he concludes. “That’s the intention!”

“Ain’t No Sin” is streaming in Dolby Atmos spatial audio on Apple Music, Amazon Music and TIDAL.

About Darren Nicholson
Darren Nicholson is a bluegrass and Americana musician based in Haywood County in the mountains of western North Carolina. A GRAMMY®-nominee and recipient of multiple International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, Darren has appeared countless times on WSM's Grand Ole Opry, at the Ryman Auditorium, CMT, GAC, and many of the world's most famous venues and networks. Darren is also renowned as a solo artist, session musician, and songwriter. After concluding a 15-year tenure as a founding member of award-winning bluegrass quintet, Balsam Range, Darren took the next step forward and began releasing music of his own, beginning with his album, Wanderer, featuring No. 1 song “Arkansas Without You.”
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  • Members:
    Tony Creasman - Drums; Kristin Scott Benson - Banjo; Darren Nicholson - Mandolin, Lead Vocal; Zach Smith - Upright Bass; Colby Laney - Acoustic Guitar; Deanie Richardson - Fiddle; Kevin Sluder - Harmony Vocal; Jennifer Nicholson - Harmony Vocal
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