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Strain taking his personal experiences to the big stage

By Jessica Pitts
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Photo by JESSICA PITTS: Nic Strain performs his single "You Got It" at Rick's Smokehouse BBQ & Grill in Terre Haute last month during a music video production, which was recently released on social media.

Jumping from Indiana to Nashville and back many times and playing in bars he wasn’t even old enough to get into at the time, a North Central High School graduate now has dreams of making it big in country music.
Nic Strain, 23, Terre Haute, began beating the drums for his grandpa’s band when he was just 8 years old but moved into singing and songwriting last year.
“(Singing) went a lot further, so far, than the drums did,” Strain explained. “I like singing a lot better, I like being up front and pleasing the crowd.”
In just one year, Strain has recorded seven singles with two music video releases.
Strain said his career-in-the-making blew up overnight, “I went from being a nobody to a somebody.”
And, as with many country songs, Strain’s music is mostly about heartbreaks and alcohol, but it also includes his personal experiences, too.
“It’s how I grew up, I grew up a mile from the Wabash River … we had horses, a big farm, it’s just a part of me,” he said. “Living in the country puts you in the spot of country music, because you write about how you live.”
Since the release of his current single video release “You Got It” earlier this month, Strain noted that the video is receiving nearly 1,000 views a day, and to his excitement, he has an Aug. 11 performance scheduled at the Terre Haute Historical Society, 1411 S. 6th St.
Crediting his family for pushing him towards his dream, he has other dates booked around Indiana, Chicago and Ohio.
“They’re 100 percent supportive, I wouldn’t be nowhere without any of my family, I guarantee that,” he said. “Once I got into music (my grandpa) stood behind me, financially he supported me.”
In the next 5 to 10 years, Strain hopes to be touring, “I’ll be playing big stadiums, that’s what I want to do at least.”
Given the opportunity, his ideal headlining tour would be with Luke Combs.
To catch Nic Strain Music, visit his Facebook page @NicStrainMusic with his music also available in all major digital stores.
“I’ve always loved music, music is a part of me, it just gets me going,” he said. “It’s something I turn to when I’m down or excited, happy or sad.” 


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