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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Nick Curran RIP

From Bob Corritore

 RIP Nick Curran - September 30, 1977 to Oct 6, 2012. It is heartbreaking to report the passing of blues / roots guitarist Nick Curran who lost his battle with cancer. He was 35. Nick had an old soul with an innate understanding of the historic intricacies of 1950s style blues and rock & roll. Born in Biddleford Maine, Nick began a pro carrer at age 19, touring with veteran rock & roller Ronnie Dawson. He moved to Texas and would then work with Rockabilly queen Kim Lenz before launching his own career as a blues artist. His stirring first two releases, Fixin' Your Head (2000) and the Nitelife Boogie (2001) on the Texas Jamboree label set him apart from the crowd as he handily recreated a classic 1950s jump blues sound and showcased his classic guitar and a fantastic voice. He made his recordings with vintage studio equipment and achieved a nuanced classic sound in all his recordings. He signed with Blind Pig Records in 2003 and released 2 more more top shelf CDs, Doctor Velvet (2003), and Player (2004). Doctor Velvet won Nick a 2004 Handy Award for "Best New Artist Debut." Also in 2004 Nick began a 3 year stint with the Fabulous Thunderbirds before reactivating his solo career with his highly acclaimed 2010 CD Reform School Girl on the Delta Groove label. Later that year he was diagnosed with oral cancer. His last recording was as a guitarist on R.J Mischo's Make It Good CD, again on the Delta Groove label. Nick was a musician of the highest order and in his short life he won many fans and made great recordings. He has left us before his time and that hurts. We are thankful for his great contributions that will lead to his lasting legacy.

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