The Phoenix Network:
 
 
About  |  Advertise
Adult  |  Moonsigns  |  Blogs  |  In Pictures
 

Nick ‘Danger’ Curran, 35

Obituary
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 10, 2012

music_obit_NickCurran_main
There was a little pocket of time in the late '90s and early 2000s when the Free Street Taverna was a place where the Piners and King Memphis and the Coming Grass and Diesel Doug and the Long Haul Truckers could play in the window and it all felt just a little bit like Nashville every once in a while. Better than that, actually.

Owner Pete Kostopoulos wasn't the best with names or details sometimes, but he had good taste, mixing in surf bands with just about anybody who liked stand-up basses and electric hollow-body guitars. Kostopoulos was the first one to tell me to check out Jerks of Grass, and he was the first one to rave about this kid, Nick Danger, who could really tear up a swinging blues and rockabilly guitar.

I'm not sure if Pete named him that, or if he named himself, but I do know that people loved Nick Curran as both a musician and a person (and he never recorded under the Danger moniker). He was sweet and friendly and a dynamo on stage. God, he was fun to watch. Like Jerry Lee Lewis with a guitar.

Soon he was headed off to Texas, to tour with Ronnie Dawson and then Kim Lenz as part of her Jaguars, and already by 2002 he was coming back to his old stomping grounds with his band, the Nitelifes (later, they'd be the Lowlifes), and his first album on Austin's Blind Pig Records, Doctor Velvet. And boy was he smooth. The kind of guitar player who made it look completely effortless. It was no wonder when he caught on with the Fabulous Thunderbirds for a while, or showed up on True Blood.

On Saturday, he died of cancer at the age of 35. Just about a year ago, there was a benefit for him at Bayside Bowl and the word was out that he was sick, but the news still made people gasp. Nick Danger is dead? That just doesn't make sense.

  Topics: Music Features , Nick Curran, Diesel Doug, Pete Kostopoulos,  More more >
| More


ARTICLES BY SAM PFEIFLE
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   HIP HOP SUMMER  |  July 31, 2014
    For pure output, it’s hard to argue Portland is anything but a hip hop city.
  •   SEVEN-MAN ARMY  |  July 24, 2014
    Lately, it’s been open season on “Wagon Wheel,” which has become the acoustic musician’s “Freebird,” one of the very few songs that people actually know well enough to find it funny to request.
  •   AMOS LIBBY'S FIVE WEEKS IN THE HEART OF THE CONFLICT  |  July 23, 2014
    "(Israeli) immigration asked me at the airport why I didn’t leave when I could have and I said it was because I felt safe. They told me I was nuts.”
  •   WHAT YOU SAY, RYAN?  |  July 16, 2014
    Ryan’s calling card is his sincerity. While the production and presentation are of a genre, you won’t find him talking about puffing the chron or dissing women or dropping a million f-bombs or using a bunch of contemporary rap jargon. He’s got a plan and he executes it, with more variety and modes of attack than he’s had on display to this point.
  •   BETTY CODY, 1921-2014  |  July 11, 2014
    The Maine music community lost a hidden giant last week with the death of Betty Cody, at 92.

 See all articles by: SAM PFEIFLE



  |  Sign In  |  Register
 
thePhoenix.com:
Phoenix Media/Communications Group:
TODAY'S FEATURED ADVERTISERS
Copyright © 2014 The Phoenix Media/Communications Group