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Nicholas Kargacin, President-(Promotions, Songwriting, Production, Musicians For-Hire Network)
 

Nicholas discovered his passion for music early on as his dad picked banjo and played records in the likes of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, Grateful dead, The Allman Brothers, Waylon Jennings and many others for him as a young child but his musical family history didn't start there. Nicks' great-grandmother Lawson owned many taverns throughout the Midwest that had country, western-swing, and bluegrass artists of the time as entertainment. Growing up in this envirnoment his grandma Wilma-Jean Lawson took to the guitar, dobro, ukulele, and voice and often was invited to sing with the touring musicians on stage. At the age of nine Nicholas received his first real guitar and has worked since then to become the best. Quickly mastering many classic rock and blues tunes he began performing just 6 months after his first lesson at various family parties, school events, and talent shows. In grades 7 and 8 he began jam sessions with various local musicians and by his freshman year in high school was playing top name clubs in St. Louis such as Mississippi Nights, The Galaxy, and The Hi-Point, with a band called Twisted Fate. As a sophomore he started a band called Great White Buffalo that would allow him to discover his true creativity and composing ability. During these latter high school years he studied guitar with Musicians’s Institute graduate Sean Peterson and UMKC’s Conservatory of Music graduate Dave Gloyd. These two figures introduced him to the classical guitar style which Mr. Kargacin pursued at Millikin University under the guidance of Manly Mallard. At Millikin he also studied Recording and the Music Business which he exemplifies a great passion for. Nicholas also has experience as a studio guitarist as he was chosen by audition for the vocal styles combo at Millikin to record a CD with songs in the styles ranging from Motown, Regee, Pop, Rock, and Soul. During this time he learned a great deal about recording and studio guitar work as he studied with blues guitarist John “Catfish” Evans, Dave Burdick, Mark Rubel, and one of Nashville’s top recording engineers in the 70’s and 80’s, Ronald Dean. During the same period he continued to make original music with the band Great White Buffalo and they recorded their first CD, “A Ride Into the Wind” April 2007 at Pogo Studios in Champaign, Illinois. With their new CD, Great White Buffalo started performing heavily in St. Louis, Kansas City, and Columbia until Nick decided to move on and progress even further as a musician. Nicholas also studied Jazz guitar at Millikin which ultimately brought him back to St. Louis to attend Webster University and master the craft of Jazz. At Webster he studied with great Jazz players such as Paul Demarinis, Dave Black, Steve Schenkel, Willie Akins, and others. He also continued his fingerstyle approach to guitar with John McClellon, Chet Atkins Biographer and author of Chet Licks books, developing a truely unique style on his own. Nick also formed original group "The Dusty Brothers" with other jazz players at Webster and they worked their way up to playing the top name nightclubs, concert halls, and venues around. The Dusty Brothers quickly became known for their red-hot guitar licks, catchy original tunes, and lush vocal harmonies.  Nick is a versatile guitarist who also plays with national touring country artist "Kimberly Cash", writes jingles, produces music for games and movies, and has even played in a production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. In 2010 he received his Bachlors in Music and Entreprenurship from Webter University and he continues to take the musical world by storm.