If you asked him, songwriter and guitarist Nick Diaz might describe himself as an “alligator cowboy rock ‘n’ roller.” Let’s put that into perspective: Sharp, badass, one hell of a bite, some lightning-quick moves catching you off guard, perhaps? Just add a guitar into the equation, and let Diaz take it from there. Diaz fell in love with classic Texas rock at an early age, and counts Jimmy Vaughn, Ian Moore and T Bone Walker among his influences. His musical travels have taken him through New Orleans, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and finally Austin, where he currently resides and performs with his band Buenos Diaz.
~Laurie Gallardo, KUTX AUSTIN MUSIC MINUTE
Alter ego of Austin’s Nick Diaz, Buenos Diaz turned quite a few heads in Texas with 2015’s Urbanized New Wave Texican, an EP whose title said it all. Its full-length followup, released late last year, is simply titled Buenos Diaz and is just as descriptive. That’s about how fast the singer and songwriter has created his own distinctive aesthetic, yoking his prodigious guitar skills to an impressive array of styles: Lenny Kravitz-inspired funk rock, classic brown-eyed soul, and fuzzy power-pop gems like “1 2 3 4” and “San Fransymphony.” If you really want to know where Diaz’s heart lies, however, look no further than the big-hearted ballad “It Feels Good to Be a Texan” — or the closing track, “Muneca,” seven-plus minutes that maintains a jazzy groove as Diaz’s guitar explores places even Frank Zappa might never have imagined. ~Chris Gray, HOUSTON PRESS
Mucky Duck will have the entertaining sounds of Houston born and Austin transplant Buenos Diaz. This guy makes the kind of blues influenced guitar rock that’s full of pop influence, catchy hooks, and new wave elements that are kind of like if Elvis Costello was a Texan. His new self titled Buenos Diaz album just dropped, and with tracks like “San Fransymphony,” you should want to catch his set.
~David Garrick, FREE PRESS HOUSTON
Trippy head music with a garage rock snarl, Buenos Diaz looks to rock the socks off The Hole in the Wall this Friday. Diaz’s personal, easy-to-digest lyrics swim along a stream of smoking guitar work, generating a spacey yet tightly wound indie rock sound.
~Bill Tucker, THE AUSTINOT
Diaz’s guitar work blew me away with his tone, precision and economy of notes all with the ease and grace of say a Denny Freeman. ~Plain Sense, NO DEPRESSION
Psychedelic spoken word promoting and all-out reign of love ~SEE / SAW MUSIC BLOG
Simple but catchy … great solos and riffs that any listener would like ~WLOY RADIO
A little Elvis Costello, a little Jon Spencer Blues Explosion ~HOUSTON PRESS