Nick Anderson's Powerhouse Vocals Raise the Roof in Melbourne Bars

Rachel Chipp

Nick Anderson has often found himself compared to Kings of Leon and, more recently, folk rock band Mumford and Sons. To do that wouldn’t be doing him justice though. His sound is actually a unique talent with a distinctive tone all of his own.

Nick pays homage to his folk influences in his performances, covering songs by folk artists like Glen Hansard and he can match Glen Hansard for an unbelievably powerful belt. Just when you think he can’t go any louder and more powerful, he does!

Nick Anderson defines his musical style as folk rock rather than the indie folk that is far more prominent in Melbourne’s folk scene. His folk rock covers include modern offerings such as ‘Candy’ by Paolo Nutini. He even transforms songs that you would not normally associate with folk such as Outkast’s ‘Hey Ya!” He slows this song down to mid-tempo to create a chilled vibe which provides a stark contrast to the usual frenetic energy to the song.

Naturally, he pays tribute to the pioneer of folk rock, Bob Dylan, singing ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’ and ‘All Along the Watchtower’. Bob Marley’s ‘Redemption Song’ was reminiscent of Bob Dylan’s style, moving away from his reggae roots, with deep lyrics and simple acoustics and Nick includes this excellent song choice on his list. Nick Anderson is adept at telling a story through the power of song that makes you think he is recounting his own personal experience.

Nick sings Aussie legend, John Farnham’s ‘You’re the Voice’ along with Men at Work’s ‘Down Under’ to make you feel really patriotic! You can even channel Olivia when he belts ‘You’re the One that I Want’ in a performance that will leave you breathless. ‘Highway to Hell’ by AC/DC showcases his gravelly, earthy tones and the power to his killer vocals. This would make a great combination of songs if you want to celebrate Australia on Melbourne Cup Day.

Nick Anderson creates a fantastic vibe for your bar or restaurant. Whether you book Nick Anderson for Melbourne Cup Day, the weekend or evening, he makes every day feel like a major celebration. 

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