Reform School Girl

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ARTIST: Nick Curran and the Lowlifes
TITLE: Reform School Girl
FORMAT: Compact Disc
LABEL: Eclecto Groove Records
RELEASE DATE: February 16, 2010
UPC NUMBER: 850021001452

Nick Curran: vocals & guitar
Derek Bossanova: piano, background vocals
Billy Horton: bass, percussion, background vocals
Nikki K: drums, percussion, background vocals
Jonathan Doyle: tenor saxophone
Dan Torosian: tenor & baritone saxophone

Phil Alvin: vocals & guitar (11)
Jason Ricci: harmonica (2)
Chris Ruest: rhythm guitar (11)
Avery Applicator: reel rock party vocals (2)
Barb & Rachel (aka the Honey Bee Babes): chicky wah wah vocals (3)
Bones Delarge: reel rock party vocals (2)
Frankie Nowhere: reel rock party vocals (2)
Bobby Horton: background vocals (8)
Johnny O: reel rock party vocals (2)
Dave Tejas: reel rock party vocals (2)

01. Tough Lover (2:14)
02. Reel Rock Party (3:10)
03. Reform School Girl (3:53)
04. Kill My Baby (3:07)
05. Psycho (1:57)
06. Sheena’s Back (2:59)
07. Baby You Crazy (2:13)
08. Ain‘t No Good (2:19)
09. The Lowlifes (2:53)
10. Dream Girl (4:33)
11. Flyin’ Blind (3:14)
12. Lusty L’il Lucy (2:31)
13. Filthy (2:48)
14. Rocker (1:28)

Produced by Nick Curran & Billy Horton

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Nick Curran describes his music as a cocktail consisting of the sounds of no less than seventeen widely differing musicians, blended together with a cup of broken glass. That only begins to characterize the wallop packed by the 98-proof elixir of this singer, songwriter and monster guitarist who effortlessly carries the past with him as he blazes across the musical landscape in perpetual forward motion. Curran began his professional career at age nineteen, leaving Maine to tour with Ronnie Dawson. Although Dawson was primarily a rockabilly musician, many blues and punk fans appreciated his performances. He taught Curran not to get pigeonholed. Curran toured next with Texas rockabilly doyenne Kim Lenz, moving to Dallas to join her backup band the Jaguars for two years, and performed on Lenz’s recording, “The One and Only.” He is also featured on Lenz’s CD, “It’s All True,” and toured with her in the summer of 2009.

In 1999 the Texas Jamboree label issued Curran’s debut solo recording, “Fixin’ Your Head.” As he would do on all future CDs, Curran used vintage recording equipment to achieve the feel and sound of old 45s and 78s, and the LPs of the 1950s. To support the recording he formed the band, Nick Curran and the Nitelifes, whose performances whipped audiences to frenzied devotion with their wild ride of retro, yet fresh and edgy rock ‘n’ roll, boogie, R&B, jump blues and a variety of other tasty stylistic devils in the details. A second Texas Jamboree CD, “Nitelife Boogie,” followed in 2001. When Curran moved to Austin, Jimmie Vaughan, who had heard his CDs, invited him to sit in on a set at Antone’s. Vaughan would make a guest appearance on two tracks on Nick’s next recording, “Doctor Velvet,” which garnered the 2004 W.C. Handy Award (now the Blues Music Award) for “Best New Artist Debut.”

From 2004 to 2007 Curran displayed his talents with the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Kim Wilson’s legendary band, appearing on their 2005 recording, “Painted On.” Also during that time, Curran and bassist Ronnie James started the punk band, Deguello, saying that it “sounded as if Little Richard sang with the Ramones.” After performing a solo show in November 2008, Nick was inspired to form the rock ‘n’ roll roots band, the Lowlifes. “Reform School Girl” is a culmination of Curran’s multitude of talents: a throwback to his roots, only amped up to the limit. “I’ve written more songs on ‘Reform School Girl’ than on any other records. I wanted it to have no filler – only good stuff. All my influences are there, from old blues like Lazy Lester and T-Bone Walker to girl groups like the Ronettes and the Shangri-Las, to Guns N Roses.” The album also features a couple of appearances by some of Nick’s close personal friends including a duet on the song “Flyin’ Blind,” co-written with Blasters’ frontman Phil Alvin, as well as harmonica ace Jason Ricci on “Reel Rock Party.” Catch Nick Curran as he shakes, rattles and rolls a head-spinning combination of genres and tunes into a cool, irresistible cocktail that is rough and ready for action.

“Comin’ on like a sci-fi hybrid of T-Bone Walker, Little Richard, and Guitar Slim, guitarist/singer Nick Curran is a powerhouse performer who owes a strong debt to blues and rockabilly artists of the ’50s.” – All Music Guide

“Nick and his group mix jump blues, boogie, and greasy rock and roll into a perfect stew.” – Vintage Guitar

“Just a total ass-kicker.” – Jimmie Vaughan


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