Lan Nichols

IT Specialist/Operations/On-air Staff Producer & Host: Front Street Blues

A Wilmington resident since 1993, Lan began his tenure as on-air host for WHQR’s Front Street Blues in 2003, later adding operations and information technology to his duties, as well as logistical support for the long-running music series, Soup To Nuts Live!  He also provides images, video, and written content to WHQR.org.

Lan's education began at North Carolina State University, followed by Duke University’s Continuing Studies program.  He's an honors graduate of Cape Fear Community College with an A.A.S. degree in Computer Engineering.  His career path has included information technology, programming, network maintenance, web design, computer graphics, media & event production, and plying his trade as a professional bassist with a variety of touring and local artists.

Lan loves the Blues, spending many Tuesday nights at the ever-popular Cape Fear Blues Jam, tirelessly working alongside other volunteers with the Cape Fear Blues Society, and helping plan and staff the annual Cape Fear Blues Festival.  His award-winning blues band, Tommy B. & The Stingers, has played nearly everywhere.  It's a busy schedule, but he loves the challenge.  Lan’s advice? “Bring a positive message to your community and follow a well-lit path.  Success is never far behind.”

Lan occasionally wears a kilt (Clan Scott), loves to play golf, and spends his most important and productive moments with harp-wailin', accordion-squeezin', keyboard-playin’ spouse, Nel.  They share a home with numerous cute cats, an upright bass, and at least 3 computers.

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Inside WHQR
4:40 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

FSB Encore from Mac & Juice and Jim Ashley

Jim Ashley

  Front Street Blues explores many of the classic artists of the 20th century, but we also feature Blues tunes by talented local musicians. Past installments of FSB have included studio and live cuts by Spidermike Bochey, Charlie & Rose Lucas, Michele & The Midnight Blues, Mojo Collins, Tommy B. & The Stingers, Rick Tobey, and quite a few more.

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Inside WHQR
6:00 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

It's a 'Ladies Night' of Blues on 91.3fm!

Katie Webster

WHQR's Front Street Blues has been a weekend FM mainstay for over a decade, and the Blues just keeps coming. It'll get even more interesting on Saturday, March 15 when host & producer Lan Nichols plays nothin' but the ladies of the Blues.

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March 6th, 6:30 @ WHQR
4:00 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Soup To Nuts Live!: Mac & Juice Quartet

Mac & Juice Quartet

Beginning as an acoustic duo over a decade ago, Mac & Juice now travel the countryside as a quartet (acoustic and electric), playing original music described as “a broad-spectrum, rock & roll mosaic” with a vast stylistic range. Their latest release, Step Into The Light, is a mélange of genres that runs the gamut – from Stevie Wonder to Merle Haggard, with hook-laden songwriting and elements of bluegrass, jazz and Americana throughout.  Every show is a surprise, and this episode of Soup To Nuts Live! will be no different.

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Soup to Nuts Live!
6:15 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Got 'Em On Film: L Shape Lot (The Duo) at STNL!

Credit : L Shape Lot

Alex Lanier and Eric Miller returned to the friendly confines of WHQR's MC Erny Gallery for another installment of Soup To Nuts Live! on November 7, 2013.  It was an exciting, upbeat session featuring one of our region's favorite acoustic duos, L Shape Lot.

The full live recording of this show airs on Friday and Saturday (Nov. 22, 23) at 9pm on WHQR 91.3FM. Don't miss it!

Check out this clip from the show - and listen to the broadcast of STNL! this weekend on WHQR!

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Soup to Nuts Live!
10:00 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Watch this Clip of Lightnin' James at Soup To Nuts Live!

3 chords and the truth!

(Airing Friday, June 21 & Saturday, June 22 at 9PM on WHQR 91.3fm)

He's cool, calm, and collected, a hardcore Bluesman, and a prolific performer who believes in his art. Lightnin' James brings his own music (and a couple of notable Blues standards) to life during WHQR's Soup To Nuts Live! in the MC Erny Gallery. James has performed throughout the Carolinas and competed at the 2012 Cape Fear Blues Challenge.

Check out this clip of James performing Divin' Duck Blues by Sleepy John Estes.  (Video: Lan Nichols)

Arts
1:52 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Contrast in WHQR's MC Erny Gallery

MC Erny Gallery at WHQR

Two different artists, two different cultures, two different styles - a perfect contrast!  This much-anticipated exhibit features E. Francisca Dekker and Benjamin Billingsley.  Stop by 254 N. Front Street (3rd floor) and see what's hanging in the MC Erny gallery at WHQR.

Soup to Nuts Live!
5:15 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Jeanne Jolly Returns to a Full House at STNL!

Jeanne Jolly

There's no mistaking the voice. Or the songwriting. Once again, Jeanne Jolly brought the whole package to WHQR's Soup To Nuts Live! in Wilmington NC on Thursday, April 18, 2013. 8-string guitarist (and Jeanne's producer) Chris Boerner and drummer Nick Baglio painted a wonderfully melodic backdrop for Jeanne's performance.

You can discover more about Jeanne Jolly at www.jeannejolly.com.

Soup to Nuts Live!
4:05 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Soup To Nuts Live with Brent Stimmel

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Brent Stimmel shared his music with us at Soup To Nuts Live! on Feb. 28, 2013. Guest musician Les Britt provided a wonderfully subtle backdrop of electric guitar and vocal harmonies that made this STNL! a night to remember.  WHQR thanks Brent & Les for their great performance and being a part of what we do at 91.3fm.


Soup to Nuts Live!
8:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Finger Pickin' & Cello Sizzle at STNL!

Richard Smith
Lan Nichols

Richard Smith and Julie Adams have been traveling the world and blending guitar and cello for years.  And while previous sojourns to this end of the Carolinas have been rare, their appearances easily create gushing converts.  There were few exceptions at the January 17th Soup To Nuts Live! concert in WHQR's MC Erny Gallery.

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WHQR Staff Blog
11:00 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Bright & Beautiful Fourth Friday Gallery Night at WHQR

Spanish Poppies / Julia Bates Toone
Julia Bates Toone

The exquisite canvasses of Barbara Bear Jamison and Julia Bates Toone enjoyed an opening Fourth Friday reception in the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR on September 28. Together, these artists make a grand pair, with an abundant array of vibrant oils and watercolors. Take a walk with us through this exhibit...

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