Nicholas Barron

Nicholas Barron is Chicago music. He sings like those blues cats that used to play on Maxwell Street. He performs and writes a mix of Acoustic Folk, Blues and Soul music ; spiritual, real, and deeply poetic. He plays guitar in a style that is truly his own; at once percussive and highly rhythmic with big beautiful chords and in funky tunings with his original one man band attack.

He started in the subways and streets in all kinds of crazy Chicago weather. He founded C.A.S.A. (Coalition for the Advancement of Street Art) to stop the city from banning street art/performance and he and his fellow buskers won!

This past January The Nicholas Barron Band was introduced by James Taylor as the launch artists for the New York Times Emerging Artists Series who called his CD "I'm not Superman", "Undeniable". The record was beautifully co-produced by Steve Gillis and Vijay Tellis Nayak who also play drums and keyboards with Nicholas. Nicholas just signed a deal with acoustic label Candyrat Records out of Milwaukee and recorded his first solo acoustic CD called "As I Am".

 
CD's By Nicholas Barron

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No Space
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Spaghetti
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Maybe If

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Nicholas Barron Band : Live In Transient Sound

Blues / Rock / Folk

Live in Transient Sound combines Nicholas’ love of the blues, passion for lyricism, and subtlety of the ballad with the rich audio atmosphere of the live room at Transient Sound. While his undeniable and original voice is showcased front and center, the strength of the recording is in the notable synergy that occurs between the players in the live studio setting.

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Frequency Gel
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Honey Lemon Tea
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Ain't No Guarantee

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Nicholas Barron Band : The Swimmer Years

Funk / Soul

Swimmer, led by singer-songwriter Nicholas Barron, was a popular Chicago band in the late 1990's. The band had an all-star cast of players who now play with Music giants from Mary J. Blige to Beyonce to Justin Timberlake and others. Swimmer's 2 CDs, which make up "The Swimmer Years" were called "The Best of the Year" by Chicago's WXRT radio. These songs came together from playing a legendary weekly gig at The Elbo Room every Thursday where Nicholas and the band would improvise and freestyle. These are basically Live tracks!

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Devil Dog
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This Train
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In Spite of Myself

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Nicholas Barron : AS I AM

Blues / Folk

Nicholas Barron is Chicago music. He sings like those blues cats that used to play on Maxwell Street. He performs and writes a mix of Acoustic Folk, Blues and Soul music ; spiritual, real, and deeply poetic. He plays guitar in a style that is truly his own; at once percussive and highly rhythmic with big beautiful chords and in funky tunings with his original one man band attack.

 
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