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For his first album, I'm Going Home, Durham, NC-based singer-songwriter Nick Hutson collects songs with hints of the old time, gospel, bluegrass, country, and folk music that he loves. His experiences being raised in Tennessee heavily influence his work which focuses on traditional southern themes of family, faith, history, and place. Produced by Jon Shain and recorded by FJ Ventre at Good Luck Studio in Chapel Hill, NC, the recording contains ten original songs and a pair of covers. The collection benefits from the contributions of several notable North Carolina musicians and vocalists – including Joe Newberry, Julie Elkins, Joseph Decosimo, Isabel Valls, Allyn Love, Bill Newton, Shana Tucker, Susan Johnson, Matt Velkey, and Jim Suiter.
Nick was raised on a farm in west Tennessee approximately halfway between Nashville and Memphis. He was lucky to have been surrounded by a large extended family – his parents, grandparents, a sister, lots of aunts and uncles, cousins, etc. His primary musical influences came from the radio and the church. Nick left home for Knoxville at age 17 to attend the University of Tennessee, where he studied Chemical Engineering. He went on to eventually earn his PhD, also in Chemical Engineering, from the University of Michigan. Nick has spent his entire professional career in the environmental field and has worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for more than 20 years.
Nick purchased his first mandolin about 20 years ago as a way of honoring his great grandmother who came from a musical family ... but had to sell her mandolin as a young girl due to financial hardship. He took some lessons and learned some simple chords before career and parenting got in the way. He put down his mandolin, his guitar, and his musical interests to focus on other things. However, in the past few years, Nick has rekindled his musical interests and has found his voice ... as a singer and as a songwriter.