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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Front Street Blues host Lan Nichols will feature music from Fenton Robinson, Billy Flynn, Katie Webster, Little Charlie & The Nightcats, Samantha Fish, Luther Allison, The Bridget Kelly Band, Bob Margolin, Mark Cook, and The Mannish Boys this Saturday, May 20 at 11:00 pm on WHQR 91.3fm in Wilmington NC. Listen from anywhere in the world by visiting www.whqr.org. Comments or requests to lnichols@whqr.org. Thank you!

Here's one of the region's rising stars in a true 'listening room' setting! This weekend, Soup To Nuts Live! will broadcast its recording of Hank Barbee's April 13th performance in WHQR's MC Erny Gallery. Hank will share some music from his new CD, Son Royale, as well. Tune in to 91.3fm on Friday, May 19 @ 7:00 pm or Saturday, May 20 @ 9:00 pm.

FSB host Lan Nichols will be spinning Floyd Dixon, Johnny Wright, The Kate Lush Band, Son Seals, Randy McQuay, James Cotton, Samantha Fish, Slam Allen, BlueHouse Project, Billy Flynn, and Lonnie Mack this Saturday, May 6 at 11:00 pm on WHQR 91.3fm in Wilmington NC. Tune in from anywhere in the world by listening online at www.whqr.org. Comments or requests to lnichols@whqr.org. Thank you!

Front Street Blues host Lan Nichols explores the newest release from one of North Carolina's most prolific blues artists of the new century, Randy McQuay. A three-time finalist of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN, Randy brought the IBC solo championship trophy back to Wilmington in 2015, leaving no question about his hard work and love of the  blues.

Front Street Blues host & producer Lan Nichols will serve up some fine blues this Saturday night at 11:00 pm. Expect tasty cuts from Earl Hooker and Francine Reed. Plus, Phil Berkowitz & The Lucky Losers, Si Cranstoun, Elliott & The Untouchables, Jimmy Reed, Devon Allman, Jody Williams, Too Slim & The Taildraggers, Buddy Black, and others. Always the finest in classic, contemporary, and traditional blues - never a dull moment. Tune in via your browser at http://whqr.org.

A steady influence on the soul of Chicago blues for decades, Jon McDonald has walked a path that few musicians could ever hope to tread. His 13-year tenure as band leader for Magic Slim & The Teardrops is, by itself, epic. He's worked alongside Hubert Sumlin, Koko Taylor, Junior Wells, and shared the stage with everyone from Taj Mahal and Paul Butterfield, to Rory Gallagher and Les Paul.

Tune in on Saturday, January 17 at 11:00 pm: The Healing Blues is a project out of Greensboro NC that documents the struggles of those who deal with homelessness everyday. The outcome "...serves as a reminder that good things can happen when there is true collaboration between members of an urban society." More information at www.thehealingblues.org. You'll also hear cuts from Memphis Slim, Ellis Hooks, and Guitar Shorty. Lan Nichols hosts. Listen live at www.whqr.org. Thanks!

Holiday Blues on WHQR!

Dec 19, 2014

When it comes to Christmas music the Blues has its fair share, and then some. From the familiar strains of "Merry Christmas Baby" by Charles Brown to Lynn August's "Christmas by the Bar-B-Que," there are hundreds of holiday Blues and R&B cds, containing thousands of familiar and original tunes. Front Street Blues presents its take on a blue Christmas, and it's sure to please.

This broadcast of WHQR's Soup To Nuts Live! features an August 28 performance by Jesse Stockton, accompanied by hand drummer Andy Lade.  On any given night, Jesse's songwriting weaves many tales, and this intriguing evening inside the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR's studios was no exception. Tune in to 91.3fm Friday, September 12 and Saturday, September 13 at 9:00 p.m. for Soup To Nuts Live! with Jesse Stockton.

Here's a video clip from Jesse's August 28 performance at WHQR...

Front Street Blues (Fridays & Saturdays at midnight on WHQR 91.3fm) has a weekend blues party cookin' on the front burner, just for you.

On Saturday, August 30th, listen for Deanna Bogart, Rocky Fuller, Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers, Albert Castiglia, Sena Ehrhardt, Ian Siegal & The Youngest Sons, The Delta Generators, Grady Champion, and more. 60 minutes of Blues begins at midnight on 91.3fm. Listen online at our website.

  WHQR's Lan Nichols is your host. Tune in and get some Blues!

  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.

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.

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.

: 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!

(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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

On Sunday, September 16th, WHQR members, listeners and staff came together for an Ice Cream Social at Hugh MacRae Park in Wilmington. Young and old alike shared in the fun as station staff put their backs into it and dug through frozen containers of delicious flavors like Strawberry White Chocolate, Vanilla, and Lemon Basil from Velvet Freeze.

The event was another way for WHQR to say "Thank You" for the generous support that keeps Public Radio vibrant and viable, year-round.  Make sure you browse all of the images in our photo gallery!

Penny Ames and Elizabeth Singletary combine their creative forces to bring you "Outside."  It's a vibrant and colorful display of collage, found objects, and recycled materials. The MC Erny Gallery at WHQR is open weekdays, 10am - 4pm, at 254 N. Front St. in downtown Wilmington. Stop by and check out our walls!

Enjoy this 'walk-thru' video clip of this exhibit...

Recap: Andrea Seabrook Fundraiser Luncheon

May 11, 2012
Lan Nichols

It was an absolute pleasure to have Andrea Seabrook visit WHQR this past week. A fantastic lunch was held at the Hilton Riverside and some excellent questions were asked! A special thank you to all who made this event possible and helped support quality public radio in the area. Feel free to check out the photo gallery attached to this post, and even more photos can be found here.

 

Photos by Lan Nichols.

Witness an art exhibition honoring the majestic pelican of our coastal region. After years of abuse, discover a renewed respect for this beautiful creature and the natural world it inhabits. A lovely group show featuring the work of twenty-one fantastic local artists! 

Here's a video clip of the exhibit...

 

The Blues.  Its origins are murky (okay, muddy), and it’s legacy is passed from generation to generation.  The people who play the Blues happily adopt the genre, give it a home, dress it up a little, and influence it in their own way.  While you’ve (likely) never heard of them, here are some ear-opening performers who have made the Blues their own…

The Best of the 50s Band, featuring extraordinary electric guitarist, Geoff Morris, and vocalist John Golden, will lead the audience through the greatest love songs, rock-a-billy and rock-n-roll of the 1950s.

Sara Ann Speed-Arey

 

He's a young man with a seemingly old soul.  Check out this clip of Kyle Lindley from Soup To Nuts Live!...

Soup to Nuts Live! - Kyle Lindley

Jan 6, 2012

The Soup to Nuts Live! concert series features musicians and bands from a wide variety of musical styles. Please join us Thursday, January 12 for a special performance by Kyle Lindley. On-air host George Scheibner will interview the performer during breaks in the show. You'll hear the music and find out about the musician creating it.

WHQR / Lan Nichols

The arm of a crane placing bulkheads on the construction site of the Marriott Courtyard hotel bends under the stress, forcing nearby office buildings to evacuate. Onlookers gathered along Grace Street in downtown Wilmington to watch as crews worked to resolve the situation. 

 

 

Building an Oyster Reef

Nov 21, 2011

The North Carolina Coastal Federation spearheaded an important event on Saturday, November 19, bringing together WHQR staff & board members, General Electric employees, along with local high school and college students, for the building of an oyster reef at Morris Landing Clean Water Preserve on Stump Sound, near Holly Ridge, NC.

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