A couple of years ago, Russ Gordon, who produces all those great free shows in Los Alamos, told me that he was bringing in a performer to Los Alamos he knew I'd love -- Nick Curran.
As frequently is the case, Russ was right. I listened to a couple of sound clips from Curran's then-current album Reform School Girl. It became my favorite album of the year.
I missed the Los Alamos show -- which I regret even more now. Curran died over the weekend at the age of 35 following a lengthy struggle with cancer. His obit is HERE.
When I first hear Curran, I assumed he was older. His raw voice sounded like he had decades of hard living. But indeed, he packed a lot of life into his short time here, starting out as a teenager playing in rockabilly ace Ronnie Dawson's road band.
Here's my review of Reform School Girl. And below are a couple of videos to remember him by.