Nick began playing guitar at the age of 10. By age 17 he had become a proficient enough player to break into the Tacoma heavy metal scene playing lead guitar for bands such as A Quiet Uprising, Eterna Nocturna, and Contaminator.
In 2009 Nick parted ways with his last heavy metal project to take a job working in Yellowstone National Park. It was here that he first heard bluegrass music performed live in the town of Gardiner, Montana at a local brewfest in the park. This experience and a copy of Ralph Stanley's "Bound To Ride" album drove Nick to lay down his electric guitar and pick up an acoustic to learn to play in the styles of Doc Watson and Tony Rice.