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BARE WIRES

TODD MIHAN

TODD MIHAN

JORGE PERTUZ

JORGE PERTUZ

So excited to announce a great new project. BARE WIRES is the name of the new band. I've teamed up with two fantastic musicians, Todd Mihan and Jorge Pertuz, and we have managed to get ourselves a little recording deal! This is an old fashioned power trio, I'm on bass and vocals, Todd on guitar and Jorge on drums. Todd is an accomplished recording artist and songwriter in addition to being a worldclass guitarist, and we have so far colaborated on four new original songs, and they're so good that we're headed to the studio in early June. I've worked with Jorge, my favorite drummer, for a few years now, and this project has finally been a perfect match for his and my rhythm-section aspirations. That's all for now - new songs, some big shows, and other cool things are in the pipeline - STAY TUNED!

 

Nik

What a thrill to open for Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldi on their acoustic tour when they stopped at
the Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill, NY

 
 Pat Benatar and her longtime bandleader (and husband) Neil Giraldo. This was an incredible acoustic show.

Pat Benatar and her longtime bandleader (and husband) Neil Giraldo. This was an incredible acoustic show.

I've been lucky over the years to share the stage with many great musicians. Here are a few of them and a couple of stories.

Guy Davis

Acoustic Blues at its finest. Guy Davis is spell-binding. I remember when I opened for him I did a quick sound check after him. I played a little harmonica, and I remember feeling so nervous to play in front of him - he's a real player, I consider myself just a harp hacker. But when I went back to the dressing room he told me I sounded good on the harp! Made my night. I'm sure he was just trying to be nice.

Acoustic Blues at its finest. Guy Davis is spell-binding. I remember when I opened for him I did a quick sound check after him. I played a little harmonica, and I remember feeling so nervous to play in front of him - he's a real player, I consider myself just a harp hacker. But when I went back to the dressing room he told me I sounded good on the harp! Made my night. I'm sure he was just trying to be nice.

Bernie Williams

I'm a huge Yankee fan, so opening for Bernie was already gonna be a huge thrill. But I didn't realize that he would be such a wonderful guitarist and band leader, and a warm and friendly person. At The Paramount in Peekskill, he came down from his dressing room and listened to most of our set from the side of the stage. He thanked us for playing! He and his All-Star band were on fire playing his funky and Latin tinged jazz, and Bernie looked like he was having the time of his life.

I'm a huge Yankee fan, so opening for Bernie was already gonna be a huge thrill. But I didn't realize that he would be such a wonderful guitarist and band leader, and a warm and friendly person. At The Paramount in Peekskill, he came down from his dressing room and listened to most of our set from the side of the stage. He thanked us for playing! He and his All-Star band were on fire playing his funky and Latin tinged jazz, and Bernie looked like he was having the time of his life.

Janis Ian

On August 23, 2001 I had the thrill of opening for Janis Ian on the outdoor stage at the World Trade Center. It was the biggest crowd I had ever played for at the time, and it was my first performance as a solo artist. Janis was a wonder to behold on stage, and she was so nice and supportive to me. 
Less than three weeks later the World Trade Center was gone.

On August 23, 2001 I had the thrill of opening for Janis Ian on the outdoor stage at the World Trade Center. It was the biggest crowd I had ever played for at the time, and it was my first performance as a solo artist. Janis was a wonder to behold on stage, and she was so nice and supportive to me. Less than three weeks later the World Trade Center was gone.

Chip Taylor

Legendary writer of "Wild Thing" and "Angel of the Morning" as well as many other successful songs. He continues to add to his impressive body of work as a prominent modern singer-songwriter and storyteller.

Legendary writer of "Wild Thing" and "Angel of the Morning" as well as many other successful songs. He continues to add to his impressive body of work as a prominent modern singer-songwriter and storyteller.

Bettye Lavette

I used to go to a blues jam in West Orange NJ at a little dive called The Franklin Tavern. One night Bettye Lavette, whom I did not know at the time, was sitting next to me at the bar as the house band did their opening set. We struck up a conversation and found ourselves having a grand old time when it was suddenly my turn to sing. halfway through the song Bettye unexpectedly jumps up on the mic and starts trading verses with me. We brought the house down.
    It wasn't until later I found out that I was singing with a living legend. When we returned to the bar, she explained to me that the house bandleader was her husband and that she was there with him celebrating her taping of the Conan O'Brien Show earlier that evening! When I got home that night - no lie - I turned my TV on and there she was singing her heart out. Incredible.

I used to go to a blues jam in West Orange NJ at a little dive called The Franklin Tavern. One night Bettye Lavette, whom I did not know at the time, was sitting next to me at the bar as the house band did their opening set. We struck up a conversation and found ourselves having a grand old time when it was suddenly my turn to sing. halfway through the song Bettye unexpectedly jumps up on the mic and starts trading verses with me. We brought the house down.

It wasn't until later I found out that I was singing with a living legend. When we returned to the bar, she explained to me that the house bandleader was her husband and that she was there with him celebrating her taping of the Conan O'Brien Show earlier that evening! When I got home that night - no lie - I turned my TV on and there she was singing her heart out. Incredible.

Pete Seeger

As we began our set (along his beloved Hudson River), Pete Seeger, in his late 80's who was to perform after us, appeared and carefully sat cross-legged in the grass in front of the stage, listening intently to our whole set. When we finished, he slowly stood up with his banjo and unceremoniously walked up onto the stage and began to perform solo. It was cool.

As we began our set (along his beloved Hudson River), Pete Seeger, in his late 80's who was to perform after us, appeared and carefully sat cross-legged in the grass in front of the stage, listening intently to our whole set. When we finished, he slowly stood up with his banjo and unceremoniously walked up onto the stage and began to perform solo. It was cool.

Hot Tuna

When Headsoup opened for Hot Tuna at the Keswick Theater in Philly, we saved our big hit for last - "Livin Like Vermin." When we got to the last song, the stage manager suddenly told us we were finished. But we weren't leaving without playing our best song! So we did. When we got off the stage the stage manager yelled and said we would never play there again. So since we already screwed up our big break, we began drinking a bunch of Hot Tuna's beer while they were onstage. Things went downhill from there from what I remember. Haven't been back to the Keswick.

When Headsoup opened for Hot Tuna at the Keswick Theater in Philly, we saved our big hit for last - "Livin Like Vermin." When we got to the last song, the stage manager suddenly told us we were finished. But we weren't leaving without playing our best song! So we did. When we got off the stage the stage manager yelled and said we would never play there again. So since we already screwed up our big break, we began drinking a bunch of Hot Tuna's beer while they were onstage. Things went downhill from there from what I remember. Haven't been back to the Keswick.

Jonathan Edwards

I had a great night opening for Jonathan Edwards at the Towne Crier in Beacon. The audience was wonderful - many had traveled far to hear him, and I was happy that they gave me a great response and bought a bunch of CD's. At the end of the night Jonathan got me onstage where I sang with him on a version of Bob Marley's Waiting In Vain, as well as Shanty, his ode to catching a good buzz. Finally we ended the night harmonizing on The Youngbloods' Get Together. Pretty great night.

I had a great night opening for Jonathan Edwards at the Towne Crier in Beacon. The audience was wonderful - many had traveled far to hear him, and I was happy that they gave me a great response and bought a bunch of CD's. At the end of the night Jonathan got me onstage where I sang with him on a version of Bob Marley's Waiting In Vain, as well as Shanty, his ode to catching a good buzz. Finally we ended the night harmonizing on The Youngbloods' Get Together. Pretty great night.