Nick Curran

Nick Curran, a nationally known guitarist and singer from Sanford who played with the Texas rockabilly legend Ronnie Dawson, the Fabulous Thunderbirds and numerous other bands, died Saturday after a three-year battle with oral cancer. He was 35.

Curran, who was known for blending punk, blues and rockabilly, was a frequent performer in Portland but spent much of his career in the Austin, Texas, area.

Curran grew up in Sanford and started playing drums when he was 3 years old. By the time he was 9, he was learning to play the guitar.

As a teenager, Curran played with his father’s band, Mike Curran & the Tremors. He entered Portland’s music scene with talent beyond his years.

He made a big impression on Maine musicians such as Matthew Robbins, a guitarist and vocalist for King Memphis.   read more



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