Nick Curran, the multitalented blues and rock n roll influenced musician and W.C. Handy Award Winner, has succumbed to cancer. He was 35. Curran had most recently been on the ElectroGroove label, and played with the Fabulous Thunderbirds for three years. Born in Biddeford, Maine, Curran began playing drums as a young child, and quickly took up guitar. His career shined, gaining critical and fan acclaim through a string of albums. His fresh sound to a retro style and multitude of influences from Rockabilly to early Soul made him a hit.
Curran began his professional career at age nineteen, leaving Maine to tour with Ronnie Dawson. His musical influences were largely derived from his parents, blues and rock n roll, which he melded into a fused style unlike any other. In 2008, he performed several songs on the hit HBO vampire drama, “True Blood”.
In 2004, Curran won the coveted W.C. Handy Award, (now the Blues Music Awards), for “Best New Artist Debut”. His latest, Reform School Girl, on the Eclecto Groove label, was a critically acclaimed culmination of his multitude of talents, from T-Bone Walker to Guns n Roses.