"I'm a traveler and a musician, a storyteller and writer, a farmer and
a poet, a teacher and a student, a builder and a craftsman; I am what
you think I am, and I am what I think I am too, at least I think so.
as far as the musician thing goes, I do a solo show using a looping
pedal to weave guitar, bass (using an octave pedal), sitar, mandolin,
thumb piano, an assortment of djembes, shakers, bells, whistles, and
so forth into a sonic tapestry that brings a smile to your ear and a
hearty tap to your foot.
I have been making music for 15 years, and I've spent some time
studying sitar in varanasi, india; though music has always moved me in
a way that I can only express through music itself. I just didn't
know how to express those emotions until I picked up a guitar and
banged on a drum."
Nick was born in the grand year of 1982, but was born again, so to
speak, the year he bought his first electric guitar. Nick has been
making music for over 15 years, has spent some time studying sitar in
Varanasi, India, and has shared the stage with the likes of The Del
McCoury Band, Leftover Salmon, Tim Reynolds, Mecca Bodega, The Recipe,
and other wonderful artists he has loads of respect for.
Nick has been playing lead guitar in bands since high school, but
after many tough breakups decided to start a solo project that he
could build on throughout his life. That's when the looping pedal
came into his life and gave him the power of self-replication. He has
now become a psychiatrist's nightmare as he schizophrenically switches
from one instrument to the next to create a one-man-band experience
that ranges in styles from funk, rock, and blues to Indian classical,
hip-hop, folk, bluegrass, and whatever else he feels like playing. On
one song you may hear the stylings of Doc Watson, and in the next the
heavy-hitting funk of Sly and the Family Stone or perhaps a
face-melting guitar solo. And then there's the sitar…and the bowed
guitar…but you'll just have to see it to understand it and believe it.
Nick recently completed a last-minute, flying-by-the-seat-of-his-pants
tour of northern Europe, which was one of the greatest personal
victories of his life. He made many good friends, and twisted the
minds of many passionate music lovers. Nick had the extreme privilege
of playing in great clubs and pubs in places like Berlin, London,
Amsterdam, Edinburgh, and various locations throughout Belgium,
Germany, and the UK. He is plotting his return as you read this, so
look out Europe!
Nick also plans to return to India, where he has spent about two years
volunteering and studying/playing music. He misses his sitar guru in
Varanasi, India; and wishes to play again with the French reggae
outfit named Zamasanga, whom he played with in southern India during
the summer of 2009.
Nick has also recently teamed up with friend and graphic design wizard
Eric M. (who deserves all the credit for this website) to create a
grassroots record label called Appalachia Burning. Stay tuned for
more on that project as it develops!
Nick's instruments include: Sitar, guitars, bass (using an octave
pedal), djembes, shakers, and various percussion, mandolin, banjo,
anantar, metallophone, esraj, and his own voice.
Nick's influences are primarily the greats from all styles of music:
Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, the David
Grisman Quintet, the Del McCoury Band, Fela Kuti, Ween, Eyedea &
Abilities, Bob Dylan, Blackalicious, Pink Floyd, Johnny Cash, Nick
Drake, Pearl Jam, Frank Zappa, Miles Davis, Nikhil Banerjee (Indian
Sitar Master), The Bad Plus, Leftover Salmon, early Grateful Dead,
Shpongle, Portishead, Smashing Pumpkins, Kaki King, George Clinton,
Bob Marley, the Thievery Corporation, Nirvana, Bela Fleck, Kurt
Rosenwinkel, Edmar Castaneda, The Slip, Tool, Paul Simon, Crosby,
Stills, Nash & Young, John McLaughlin, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Santana,
early Van Morrison, Rage Against the Machine, and many many more.....