For the very first musical Bring Your Canary, I’m talking to Nick Bailey, lead guitar and vocals for Nick and the Babes, an Americana-rock-and-roll band based out of Greenville, NC.
The big news: just released on November 21, 2011, My Favorite Gifts, a Christmas compilation cd released by Ramseur Records, features NATB alongside other NC darlings The Avett Brothers, Paleface, The Wood Brothers and more. I picked up a copy at Monster Music and Movies–probably the first time I’ve been in a record store in five years. Hey, buy local, be local, right?
It’s a fantastic cd, and as if giving Christmas music that’s actually good wasn’t enough, all profits from the sale of the album go to the Vickie Honeycutt Foundation, to help cancer victims.
Personal Note: Bailey is a long time friend of yours truly, and I am so proud to see his hard work paying off. It is an honor to have been part of so much of it, if only as a fly on the wall.
When did you first pick up the guitar?
Age 12. My mom had an old acoustic lying around the house. She showed me a few chords. I was half interested in it. About a year later, I discovered MTV and the glamor that came with being in a band. At that point I knew I had to actually learn how to play the thing.
What was your favorite childhood toy?
A pillow case full of G.I. Joes. I was a typical boy in that sense. Graham (my twin brother) and I would play with them for hours on end.
Nick and the Babes: Rob Wank, Graham Bailey, Nick Bailey and Dail Reed
What’s your dream job?
A full time TV/Film composer. I’m lucky enough to actually do this in my spare time. I freelance for Influence Music Publishing based out of NC. Through IMP and other production companies I’ve had the fortune of working for some amazing projects.
Some of them being: 18 Kids and Counting (TLC), My Deadly Appetite (TLC), Crime 360 (A&E), Known Universe (Nat. Geo), Last American Cowboy (Animal Planet), Dad Camp (VH1), Lock Up (MSNBC), Pit Bulls and Parolees (Animal Planet), What’s Eating You (E!), Car Warriors (Speed), Searching For (Discovery), Chicago Trauma (A&E), Make Me Superhuman (Nat. Geo), Fact or Faked (SyFy), Newsweek.com, Police POV (Tru TV), Legend Quest (SyFy), Duke Children’s Hospital Promo Video, Duke Hospital Video featuring Jeff Foxworthy, Wrekless Mindz: New York Stand Up, Zookazoo.com, A Work in Progress (film), Intel & Lenovo, Breaking Down the Bars (OWN TV), In the Bedroom with Dr. Laura Berman (OWN TV)
Who was your most positive influence as a budding artist?
Bailey with mother Becky
I’d have to credit my parents as being the biggest positive artistic influence in my life. Bob and Becky Bailey have always supported and encouraged me to do what I love. Both are artists themselves and understand the importance of nuturing art in any form. My parents have never given me the ‘get a real job and quit this music dream’ that so many might hear. Without their support I would not be doing what I’m doing today.
What inspires you to create?
Good news inspires me to get creative. So many people say that oppression is the best artistic influence, but for me it’s the oposite. I heard yesterday from Scott Pearson (Influcence Music Publishing, owner) that I’d be working on season 6 of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” and for me that makes me want to write music. When Bob Crawford (Avett Brothers) called and asked Nick and the Babes to do a song for their Christmas album I immediately jumped on my guitar and began writing. A lot of the ‘Nick and the Babes’ material may seem sad, about failed relationships and fear of commitment…but I can only begin the writing process once I’ve gotten over it. It’s hard for me to reflect on a situation until I’m out of it. “Punch you in the face,” one of NATB’s biggest crowd pleasers is about a failed relationship, but it came out about a year after the end of it….probably on a day when I met someone new.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you run off to?
I just recently visited Nashville and sat in with a band on Broadway. It was an amazing experience. If I could find a nice cozy house in the mountains of Music City I’d be pretty happy. It’s filled with energy and amazing musicians. I’m pretty indecisive, so if you asked me this next week I might say a tropical paradise spot like St. Thomas.
Finish the sentence: When I run off to the circus, I will…
make sure that no one knows about it…because who really wants to be known as a circus act?
Thanks Nick! Make sure you check out Nick and the Babes on My Favorite Things and ‘Like’ them on Facebook!