Northbrook-bred musician Nicholas Tremulis celebrates the 25th anniversary of his first album with a special concert that also celebrates the release of his new album "For The Baby Doll" at City Winery in Chicago tonight.
Nick was a mild rocker during his Crestwood School days, but he then became a wild rocker during his high school years at both Glenbrook North & Glenbrook South. He has since channeled his restlessness into a successful music career and DJ career at WXRT-FM.
It's hard to define the sound of his music. His roots come from his blues-singing mother and his jazz piano-playing father, but Nick plays rock, pop, R&B, funk/soul, folk/rock and more.
Nick has worked with a wide range of artists including Cheap Trick members Rick Nielsen & Bun E. Carlos, Billy Corgan, Rick Danko(The Band), Steve Earle, Alejandro Escovedo, Marianne Faithful, Ian Hunter(Mott The Hoople), David Johansen, Jon Langford, Jeff Murphy(The Shoes), Ivan Neville, Graham Parker, Maceo Parker(James Brown), Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards, Rick Rizzo(Eleventh Dream Day), Ronnie Spector, Mavis Staples, Hubert Sumlin, plus Wilco members John Stirratt & Jeff Tweedy.
His career includes solo albums, two albums with beat poet Gregory Corso ("Bloody Show" and "King Of The Hill") plus group albums as the Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra ("NTO") and a mini-album with the super group Candy Golde.
Nick writes about their new NTO "For The Baby Doll" album: “I wanted to write an album of true love songs.” ... “The good and bad of it, mind you. But mostly I wanted to tap into the untainted love of my youth that was guided by a radio filled with great operas of love from the 60‘s girl groups and their latter siblings, the glam groups of the 70’s.” Nick continues: “This is a full-on studio album. I realized we had to make the decision to either cap these songs off arrangement-wise or take them to their fully imagined conclusion. We chose the latter. Kind of like the difference between hiking up a hill or climbing a mountain.”
The "Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra" (NTO) is Nick with Rick Barnes, Larry Beers, Derek Brand & John Pirruccello. Opening for NTO tonight at 8 is the legendary Charlie Sexton who plays with Bob Dylan. This special anniversary concert/record release preview is at City Winery in Chicago.