When singer/songwriter Nick Stika was born, the doctors implored his mother to get him to stop crying. She quickly replied, “He’s not crying, he’s Little Richard!” Though he’s pretty sure he was crying, there’s no doubt that his love for music was ingrained into his DNA.
Stika was born and raised in Iowa City, IA where he still resides. He first laid his hands on a guitar at age eight and found he could never put it down. He began his official music career in 1977 when he fronted his first band at age 17. Since then, for over 30 years, he’s faithfully strummed his guitar to the tune of Rock, Country, Punk, New Wave, Folk and many other genres.
Stika is currently focused on three projects: his solo career, his cover band Dogs On Skis and an acoustic duo with long time friend Tom Nugent. “I can play very popular music,” he says, “or I can play obscure covers by songwriters that have influenced me over the years and blend in my own original songs.” Some of those songwriters include Greg Brown, David Wilcox, Don Conoscenti and Ellis Paul.
Stika released his solo debut album, Big Ol’ Moon, in 2003 and is already hard at work on his full-length sophomore album. The album will feature songs in a similar Acoustic Pop/Folk vein.
In 2008, Nick expanded his artistic output by releasing a novel called "Bag Of Knives". The book is a mystery surrounding rock and roll, corruption and TV evangalism.
"A book that musicians who are also readers will love." - Midwest Book Review, Oregon, Wi. (5 Star Review)
Nick was inducted in to the Iowa Rock & Roll Music Association Hall of Fame in September of 2011 with a band called The Buzzards. Stika was a lead vocalist and lead guitarist for the group from 1979 to 1983. The band was one of the first local acts to produce studio videos for their songs and their 3 song EP "Three On One" was critically acclaimed throughout the mid-west. In 2013, Nick will reach yet another milestone when he is inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for a second time with his current band, Dogs On Skis.