Lan Nichols

Information Technology / On-air Staff / Producer & Host

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 production & 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.  An honors graduate of Cape Fear Community College with an A.A.S. degree in Computer Engineering, Lan's 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.”

Email:  lnichols@whqr.org

The next edition of WHQR's Soup To Nuts Live! will feature Johanna on Thursday, March 5th at 7:30 pm (doors open 6:30 pm) in the MC Erny Gallery at 254 N. Front St. in downtown Wilmington. Price: $10 suggested donation at the door. Reserve a seat by sending an email to soup@whqr.org or call 910-343-1640 during regular business hours. 

There will be two special broadcasts of the Soup to Nuts LIVE! January 30th show featuring Justin Cody Fox & David Morse. Tune into 91.3fm Friday, February 14th at 7pm and Saturday, February 15th at 9pm. To learn more about the original show, click here

On Saturday, February 8, tune in to FRONT STREET BLUES at 11:00 pm on 91.3fm and listen to a diverse selection of blues artists who have their roots firmly planted in Chicago, England, Louisiana, Belgium, Alabama, Los Angeles, Tennessee, and Clarksdale, Mississippi. FSB host & producer Lan Nichols takes you on a musical journey with Son Seals, Ike & Tina Turner, Eric Clapton, James Harman, Ghalia, Bobby Rush, Giles Robson, and Miss Bix & The Blues Fix.

The next edition of WHQR's Soup To Nuts Live! will feature Justin Cody Fox & David Morse on Thursday, January 30th at 7:30 pm (doors open 6:30 pm) in the MC Erny Gallery at 254 N. Front St. in downtown Wilmington. Price: $10 suggested donation at the door. Reserve a seat by sending an email to soup@whqr.org or call 910-343-1640 during regular business hours. 

There will be two special broadcasts of the Soup to Nuts LIVE! November 21st show featuring Jared Michael Cline. Tune into 91.3fm Friday, December 6th at 7pm and Saturday, December 7th at 9pm. To learn more about the original show, click here. 

The next edition of WHQR's Soup To Nuts Live! will feature Jared Michael Cline on Thursday, November 21st at 7:30 pm (doors open 6:30 pm) in the MC Erny Gallery at 254 N. Front St. in downtown Wilmington. Price: $10 suggested donation at the door. Reserve a seat by sending an email to soup@whqr.org or call 910-343-1640 during regular business hours. 

There will be two special broadcasts of the Soup to Nuts LIVE! September 26th show featuring Tumbleweed. Tune into 91.3fm Friday, November 8th at 7pm and Saturday, November 9th at 9pm.  To learn more about the original show, click here. 

The next edition of WHQR's Soup To Nuts Live! will feature Tumbleweed on Thursday, September 26th at 7:30 pm (doors open 6:30 pm) in the MC Erny Gallery at 254 N. Front St. in downtown Wilmington. Price: $10 suggested donation at the door. Reserve a seat by sending an email to soup@whqr.org or call 910-343-1640 during regular business hours. 

There will be two special broadcasts of the Soup to Nuts LIVE! August 22nd show featuring Kyle Lindley.

The next edition of WHQR's Soup To Nuts Live! will feature Kyle Lindley on Thursday, August 22nd at 7:30 pm (doors open 6:30 pm) in the MC Erny Gallery at 254 N. Front St. in downtown Wilmington. Price: $10 suggested donation at the door. Reserve a seat by sending an email to soup@whqr.org or call 910-343-1640 during regular business hours. 

There will be two special rebroadcasts of the Soup To Nuts LIVE! 2019 show featuring "Into The Fog." The rebroadcasts will be Friday, May 29th 2020 at 7pm and Saturday, May 30th at 9pm. To learn more about the original show, click here

 

The next edition of WHQR's Soup To Nuts Live! will feature Into The Fog on Thursday, May 30th at 8:00 pm (doors open 7:00 pm) in the MC Erny Gallery at 254 N. Front St. in downtown Wilmington. Price: $10 suggested donation at the door. Reserve a seat by sending an email to soup@whqr.org or call 910-343-1640 during regular business hours. 

The next edition of WHQR's Soup To Nuts Live! will feature Galen and Friends on Thursday, April 25th at 7:30 pm (doors open 6:30 pm) in the MC Erny Gallery at 254 N. Front St. in downtown Wilmington. Price: $10 suggested donation at the door. Reserve a seat by sending an email to soup@whqr.org or call 910-343-1640 during regular business hours. 

 

The next edition of WHQR's Soup To Nuts Live! will feature Sylvia Johns Ritchie & Class Act on Thursday, February 28th at 7:30 pm (doors open 6:30 pm) in the MC Erny Gallery at 254 N. Front St. in downtown Wilmington. Price: $10 suggested donation at the door. Reserve a seat by sending an email to soup@whqr.org or call 910-343-1640 during regular business hours. 

The next edition of WHQR's Soup To Nuts Live! will feature local band Stray Local on Thursday, January 24 at 7:30 pm (doors open 6:30 pm) in the MC Erny Gallery at 254 N. Front St. in downtown Wilmington. Price: $10 suggested donation at the door.Reserve a seat by sending an email to soup@whqr.org or call 910-343-1640 during regular business hours. EDIT: SOLD OUT! All seats have been reserved!

This Friday, June 29 @ 7:00 pm and Saturday, June 30 @ 9:00 pm, WHQR will broadcast the May 24th SOUP TO NUTS LIVE! recording session of Kelly Mason Smith with Ned Lavengood on 91.3fm. Tune in for stories of life, Nashville, and North Carolina from one of our region's most prolific songwriters!

Kelly Mason Smith has been around. From his roots in Wilson, NC, to his successful run with The Mason Smith Band in Wilmington, to his hard-workin' stint on the Nashville music scene, Kelly has made a name for himself with poignant, thoughtful songwriting, high-quality production values, and a tireless work ethic wherever he makes music. Expect all of that, and more, at our next SOUP TO NUTS LIVE! featuring Kelly Smith with Ned Lavengood on Thursday May 24 in the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR in downtown Wilmington.

The next edition of WHQR's Soup To Nuts Live! will feature local jazz ensemble The Jonathan Hill Quartet on Thursday, April 26 at 7:30 pm (doors open 6:30 pm) in the MC Erny Gallery at 254 N. Front St. in downtown Wilmington. Reserve a seat by sending an email to soup@whqr.org or call 910-343-1640 during regular business hours.

 

This week's installment of Front Street Blues seizes on the latest wave of 21st century blues artists, weaving them between time-honored tracks from familiar voices of the genre. FSB host & producer Lan Nichols blends the classic work of Homesick James, Chick Willis, John Weston, and Chico Banks with the modern artistry of Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps, Delmark Record's Breezy Rodio, vocalist Carolyn Gaines, guitarist J.J.

Tune in at 11:00 pm sharp this Saturday night (Oct. 7) and catch blues tracks from Charlie Musselwhite, Benny Turner, Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers, George 'Harmonica' Smith, Albert Castiglia, and Jeff Fetterman. Immerse yourself in a full hour of blues by listening at 91.3fm or visit our website at www.whqr.org and click on the 'Listen Live' button. 

Have a comment or request? Email FSB host Lan Nichols at lnichols@whqr.org.

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!

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