Nicholas Barron

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Nicholas Barron is an American folk music, blues guitarist and singer-songwriter based in Chicago, Illinois.[1] Born in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Barron soon moved to Columbia, Missouri and then Marblehead, Massachusetts, where he spent most of his childhood. At 17, he moved to Oak Park, Illinois, to live with his father and attend his senior year of high school at OPRF. He lived right next door to Ernest Hemingway's birth home and down the block from Frank Lloyd Wright's residence.

His mother was a children's librarian, while his father was a painter. His earliest memories are of him listening to his mother's extensive blues, folk, R&B and jazz records collection. Barron soon started playing guitar and developed a knack for performing for friends and family and being the hit of his High schools yearly talent show impersonating Elvis and Dylan. It was in adulthood that he moved to Chicago and began his music career as a troubadour on the streets, and in the subways of Chicago's 'L' stations. It was during this period that Barron founded C.A.S. A. (Coalition for the Advancement of Street Art) to stop the city from banning street art/performance. In the mid 1990’s he founded his band SWIMMER that held a weekly legendary Thursday night residency at The Elbo room. Both of Swimmers CDs were called “the Best of the year” by local Chicago radio station WXRT.

Since his stint as a street performer, Barron has sung for several different Comcast sports radio and TV commercials and has opened for musicians such as B.B. King, Al Green, Johnny CashNeville Brothers, John Martyn, Joan armatarding, Jay Leno, Buckwheat zydeco, The B52s and on and on. In 2007, he was introduced by James Taylor as the launch artist for The NY Times Emerging Artist Series. James Taylor Called him “undeniable”! He then signed with giant internet fingerstyle guitar label CandyRat Records.ans recorded a solo acoustic CD called “as is am”. Nicholas Barron CandyRat Records. Retrieved March 2011</ref>


  • Nicholas Barron and Waymon Davis (1989)
  • Welcome to my Whirld (1998)
  • Frequency Gel (2000)
  • Get Down with Nicholas Barron (2002)
  • Solo Acoustic Covers 1 (2003)
  • Bigger Picture (2004)
  • Live at Uncommon Ground (2005)
  • I'm Not Superman (2007)
  • As I Am (2007)
  • Live in Transient Sound (2008)


  1. ^ Nicholas Baron iTunes. Retrieved March 2011

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