CHET NICHOLS
Creative Media Creation
Singer/Songwriter - Creative Director - Producer - Composer - Writer/Designer 
 

Welcome to Chet Nichols' Website

This site is under CONSTRUCTION, so some pages may not be
finished yet. Please forgive our "digital dust"!



You are listening to Chet's Award-Winning instrumental composition, 
"Serengeti Rain", from his CD, "Red Mesa Sunset".





RECENT NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS! 



We are extremely excited to announce the release of Chet's newest album, "Beetles Are Coming"!

This album is a the collection of songs in the long-awaited 2015 release of Chet Nichols' CD, "Beetles Are Coming", which includes ALL-NEW HD/HiFi-quality restoration, re-mixing and re-mastered tracks from Chet's ground-breaking first album, "Time Loop". 

This CD (as was the initial recording, "Time Loop") has been produced and engineered by Chet's early producer and engineer, Stephen Barncard, a fixture in the San Francisco music scene since the late 60's, where Stephen began his career as an engineer at the infamous Wally Heider's Studio. Stephen has worked with many well-known bands and artists including; The Grateful Dead, CSNY, David Crosby and many others. Chet and Stephen teamed up, again, to polish this gem up for you.

Chet, too, was part of the San Francisco music scene, as well as being one of the corner-stone, singer-songwriters of the Kansas City music scene in the 60's and 70's. Chet was later inducted into The Kansas Music Hall Of Fame. Followed several years later by Stephen.

The sonic quality of these tracks is superb and it takes an album recorded in 1971 and upgrades it to the highest, current HD Hi-Fi sonic standards available today. It also includes a bonus track, "Red Tide", which had been buried in the vast library of Chet's early work.

Moreover, Stephen Barncard was able to discover several takes from the original album and upgrade them with better takes. Please wear a nice pair of headphones when you enjoy this ground breaking and historically important album.

2+ years in the making, restoration, re-mixing, re-tracking, re-conversion and re-mastering, we hope you enjoy this highly-acclaimed and revered album. It features Chet's smooth and soaring vocals, virtuoso guitar work and unparalleled songwriting and lyrical story-telling.

We also ask that you support this fine, independent artist and purchase the music tracks available here to add to your personal music library. Signed copies of this CD are available upon request.

Here is a message from producer and recordist, Stephen Barncard:

"If you haven’t heard Chet Nichols, and love great original acoustic music, be prepared to have your socks blown off. He’s a wonder of nature that plays and sings these original, complex yet endearing melodies, and sounds like 3 people playing.

This state is enabled thanks to the gifts of incredible range and choir-boy quality of the voice, driving rhythms that may include hands, feet, rings, (sometimes even a trick knee ) and special “open tunings” used to create the song space.

I first caught Chet back in KC in 1969, where he was headlining at the Vanguard Coffee House on Main Street. I was blown away. An invitation is offered to come to play at KCJC, the radio station (where I was known as ‘NightFreak’) followed, and the rest is history.

That night at the radio station, I set up the news mic on Chet’s guitar (an old RCA 44) and another beat up 44 at my announcer’s position, and just let him play..

.. after an hour and a half of a stunning performance I realized we had to work on a project together at some point in the future.

And it happened - we ended up in San Francisco and were able to cut the tracks for this record between 1970 and 1971.

This release is the long-awaited 2015 remix of Chet Nichols' CD, "Beetles Are Coming". It features ALL-NEW HD/HiFi-quality restoration, re-mixed, re-edited and re-mastered tracks from Chet's ground-breaking first album, "Time Loop".

Great care was taken to preserve all that was on the original master tapes:

16track 2inch 3m or Ampex machine ——>

3m tape——>

16 track Studer——>Digital HD 24/96——>

digital mix——>

dithering-resampling to 44/16 in mastering—>

44/16 master file at Bandcamp—>

Bandcamp delivers file format of your choice.

This remixed-remastered version restores the vision we had had for this project all along. It just took a little time. We located some better takes and alternate parts and took away some others. We also fixed some pesky phase and polarity problems with the many microphone experiments, including stereo vocals.

Revisionism? Perhaps, but for the better. For the songs. For the Sound. This record is a special treat.

You can have the best experience if you download the larger Apple Lossless or FLAC files before burning to CD or placing in your library. We hope to offer a 24/96 version at some point in the future.

Thanks for listening.

stephen barncard

barncard.com"


MORE NEWS ... MORE NEWS ... MORE NEWS ... MORE NEWS

Chet's jazz classic, "I Know Who You Are", just moved into #2 on the "Broadjam: Earth music chart. Moreover, it is #1 and #2 in several other music charts Online.

Chet's new song, 
"I Was Dreaming", title track to his new CD, "I Was Dreaming", just moved into #1 on the "Broadjam: Earth" charts. The song is also #1 in North America, #1 in the US, #1 in Illinois, #1 Production, #1 Male Ballad, #1 New Age and #1 on the New Age Contemporary. 

Also, his song, "I Wish I Could Heal", recently reached #1 in over 8 categories on the Broadjam Top Ten charts. This song comes from the award-winning album, "Walking In Circles".

Chet's instrumental version of his song, "Tangled Up In You", won the June 2013 Best Instrumental Song Contest at Broadjam.com.

Also, Chet's song,
"Waving Prairie", from his CD, "Waving Prairie", won the April 2012 Best Song Contest at Broadjam.com.

Also,
"Jezebel", from his CD, "Sunday Morning", won the February 2012 Best Song Contest at Broadjam.com.

To hear these songs ... CLICK HERE.

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:::::::::: Chet's Creative Backdground ::::::::::::

Chet Nichols is an innovative creative artist with a unique
and very diverse 
creative background in creative content
creation, creative media and campaign 
production and
creative media integration and management. 

He works in numerous creative media and is a hands-on media artist.

He is at home designing websites and creating interactive
and mobile campaigns, producing and directing a film or
video, creating a complete multi-media campaign,
shooting photographs, creating and producing sound
design or lush background music tracks, designing and producing integrated multi-new-media campaigns.


Chet is an award-winning creative director, designer, 
interactive (web), broadcast, music, video, live-action, 
special-effects and 3D animation producer.
 He is very 
knowledgeable of the creative processes used in 
numerous creative media.
 

He is an award-winning songwriter, composer for
TV/Film/Commercials, recording artist, multi-instrumentalist,
singer, ASCAP songwriter and publisher, music producer,
lyricist, entertainer and engineer.


Chet is also a published novelist, poet, photographer, 
filmmaker, scriptwriter, feature-film and episodic television
SAG/AFTRA actor, copywriter and Route 66 historian. Chet
is also an inductee in The Kansas Music Hall Of Fame.


To review some of Chet's music and his musical biography,
please use the index on the left and click on the CD/music
links. Chet also has a new music site at:

http://www.chetnicholsmusic.com.

Stop by and listen to some music.

Chet's companies, Magic Garage Productions and Zero Axis
Creative Labs, specialize in integrated interactive creative
concept and content creation, development and production
original music and sound design, traditional content creation
and creative project management.

Send Chet an  email.
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Recent News:



Chet's novel, "The Last Riders On Route 66", has just been released as a
Kindle Download for $3.99.


To buy a copy ... CLICK HERE



Chet's novel, "The Last Riders On Route 66", has just been released as a
Kindle Download for $2.99. So, for less than a gallon of gas, you can buy the book and take a "ride" down the old Route 66 ....from Chicago to Oklahoma to LA to Huntington Beach ....and back to Oklahoma.
To buy a copy .....
CLICK HERE!
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MUSIC NEWS!

Chet was recently inducted into The Kansas Music Hall Of  Fame...    
Click here for more information.
Chet's song, "Waving Prairie", from his CD, "Waving Prairie", was just announced as the winning song of the "April 2012 Song Of The Month" contest at Broadjam.com.
Click here to listen to music.
Chet's song, "Jezebel", from his CD, "Sunday Morning", just won the
"February 2012 Song Of The Month Contest" at Broadjam.com.
Click here to listen to music.
Chet's song, "Electra", won "The Best 'Name'-Song Contest"
at Broadjam.com. (August 2011)

Click here to listen to music.
Chet was named the "Artist of The Week" in Denmark with 4 songs off of his new CD, "Walking In Circles", in the Top 20, including a #1 hit.
Click here to listen to music.
Chet's song, "The Love I Want To Show", won
"The Best Philosophical Song Contest" at Broadjam.com.
Click here to listen to music.
Chet's composition, "Kilimanjaro Moon Dance", won
"The Best Exercise Music Contest" at Broadjam.com.
Click here to listen to music.
Chet's song, "(Spinning On The) Time Loop", just won
"The Best Rock Song Contest" at Broadjam.com.
Click here to listen to music.
Also, the title track to Chet's new singer-songwriter CD,
"Walking In Circles", just won "The Best Lyric Writing Contest"
at Broadjam.com. 
Click here to listen to music.
Also, the title track to Chet's recent re-release of his long-awaited CD, "Waving Prairie", recently won "The Best Folk Song Contest"
at Broadjam.com.
Click here to listen to music.


Also, Chet was recently added to the prestigious "A-List" at The Chicago Actor's website for his work as a Creative Artist and Producer. 

Chet's composition, "Kilimanjaro Moondance" was a recent finalist in the Independent International Music Composition Competition.


Chet's compositions, "Serengeti Rain" and "Beijing Dawn", were both awarded  "Special Mention Awards" from The Music Aid International Song Competition.
Chet's song, "The Last Riders On Route 66", won The Grand Prize in "The International Route 66 Theme Song Contest".  The following year, Chet's song, "The Mother Road", also won The Grand Prize
in "The International Route 66 Theme Song Contest".

Link to Chet's Music Site - Click here _________

Also, we are happy to announce that Chet's newest CDs,  I Was Dreaming, Band In The Basement, S
unday Morning, Walking In Circles , Prairie Harvest  and  Peak To Peak  have been released. You can hear some of the new songs on the player below. The player also contains songs from many of Chet's CD. So take some time and enjoy the music and be sure to wear some good earphones.

Include are: "Walking In Circles", "I Wish That I Could Heal",
"Paradise", "Smother You" and "Six Feet Under" and more.

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