John Nowicki's solo debut was a welcome diversion for the Tampa songwriter scene

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click to enlarge John Nowicki and The Holy Terror at Crowbar in Ybor City, Florida on December 1, 2018. - Michael M. Sinclair
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John Nowicki and The Holy Terror at Crowbar in Ybor City, Florida on December 1, 2018.


John Nowicki: The Holy Terror (And Other Diversions) John Nowicki teased his new album in January and made good on the promise 10 months later by delivering an 11-track collection of murder ballads, drinking songs and instrumentals that bounce around tunings, time signatures and the kinds of energy that the drug-addled redneck inside all of us would be proud of.

Scroll through a slideshow of 2018's best Tampa Bay music releases or see and sample all of them here. Call your local record store to see if it is carrying the release.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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