Some History

Nick’s career started in the early 70’s in Germany, playing in German and British rock bands. He played 1000’s of gigs in night clubs and bars all over Europe, learning the ropes the hard way.

By the mid 80s he was living in Miami, FL and playing, touring and making records in local bands such as The Preachers and IKO IKO. The late 80s found him in a backing band for blues legends Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Jimmy Rogers and others. That gig took him around the world for the 1st time.

Nick moved to Los Angeles in 1990 and immersed himself in the local club scene. He kept a busy schedule playing blues, rock, r&b, rockabilly and even country in a circuit that stretched from LA to Las Vegas, San Francisco to San Diego.

He joined county-pop band the Mavericks in mid-1993 and moved to Nashville soon after. The next 7 years were spent playing over 300 dates a year including 8 sold-out nights at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The band won a Grammy and was nominated for 5 more.

During that time Nick produced many records for various artists. In 1999 Nick released his 1st solo record “Songs in the Key of E” on Llist Records, Universal Canada and Demon/ Westside in Europe.

After the Mavericks gig ended, Nick settled back in Nashville and got busy with the local scene. In 2003 he formed the all-instrumental hard rock trio the Balls. In 2005 they released “The Balls…Come Out Swingin’” to critical acclaim. After that, Nick moved back to Germany for a couple of years.

On his return to Nashville, Nick focused his energies on fronting his own trio, playing extensively up and down the east coast. In the fall of 2016, Nick teamed up with his old pal Richie Owens, and along with John Reed and Mike Ferguson they started the Smoky White Devils. The band plays a mix of vintage-sounding heavy blues rock with elements of Delta blues, folk rock and hillbilly boogie. 2017 and 2018 were spent playing the greater Nashville area and recording tracks for the record NOS, which was released in November on Plowboy Records. And now, closing in on 5 decades as an artist and performer, Nick Kane is looking forward to another busy year in 2019.






"Kane has established himself as a hot-shot country-styled picker on The Mavericks' albums, but he undertook a solo set (Songs In The Key Of E) to reflect a wealth of other musical styles that have flowed into his sound."
- Chris Morris, Billboard Magazine