"One of the only guys in the world that can really play the traditional stuff right."
"Of the 65 or so great guitar players I’ve had in my band, since the early 60’s, Nathan James is easily the A#1 hands-down stand-out!"
"Nobody else these days plays so many styles so well, be it old time country blues, low down Memphis or Chicago blues, or even uptown string bending blues."
Spring Tour in Denmark, Italy and Holland!
In Denmark right now for a Spring tour playing solo and with various Danish musicians, while mixing the California Vol. 3 album by Peder Nande. We made the recordings in Oceanside Ca in 2010 with James Harman producing, featuring guests such as Junior Watson, Carl Sonny Leyland, Archie Thompson and Jonny Vaiu.
Signed to Delta Groove Records! Dec 2011
My band the Rhythm Scratchers have released a new album on world renowed label Delta Groove Records titled "What You Make of it". It was recorded at Sacred Cat Studios and is available now at all finer record stores, anywhere online and at gigs! The album features all Nathan's handmade washboard guitars (except one acoustic resonator track) with band members Troy Sandow on bass, and harmonica, and Marty Dodson on drums, featuring special guest James Harman on one track. Purchase the album directly here at Delta Groove!
Quilter Amp Endorsement Video!
I have the honor to be endorsing a new and excting amplifier called the Micro Pro 200 made by Quilter Labs; company better known as QSC by Pat Quilter. These futuristic amps fit my look and sound perfectly as you can see in this promo video:
Europe Tour 3/28-4/9/2012!
The Rhythm Scratchers have been asked to play the Grand Blues Festival in Lahti Finland on 3/31, where we will also back up harmonica wizard Billy Watson! We have added a few more tour dates also in Finland, Spain and France. Check calander for dates.
Barcelona working vacation! Nov 28- Dec 9th
After a successful tour to Spain in September to play the Barcelona Blues Festival, I made several new friends and contacts. When I mentioned to them that I wanted to come back as soon as possible for little vacation in December, within a few days I had 7 gigs booked!! So here I go on what is closest to a musicians vacation! Can't complain at all.
Fall NW Tour October 12-24 2011
Once again the trio is going out on the road for a NW tour this Fall. We will be making stops along the way with dates in the bay area, Ashland OR, Portland OR, Port Townsend WA, Seattle WA, and White Rock BC Canada. We will be tightening up our sound to get ready to return and record a new album!
Barcelona Blues Festival!
I have the extreme honor to get to perform and teach a guitar workshop at the Barcelona Blues Festival on September 15th and 16th! I also have the honor to play with in my back up band one of Spain's very finest pianists, Lluís Coloma. I had to give myself a few extra days this time to do a little sight seeing. www.festivalbluesbarcelona.com www.lluiscoloma.com
San Diego Reader interview!
Check out this interview that just came out. It coincides with the kickoff of our tour with the James Harman band! Reader Interview
Northwest Tour June 24-July 11 2011!
Excited to embark on a Summer tour up through California, Oregon and Washington! It will be my trio as a part of the James Harman band for 2 and 1/2 weeks playing clubs and centered around several sets at the illustrious Water Front Blues festival in Portland Oregon. During the Waterfront fest on 4th of July weekend, my trio will be doing a couple sets, I'll be doing a solo workshop, and we'll be playing as the James Harman band on the Main stage and on the night time river boat cruise. This is one of the best festivals I've ever played at! Check out tour dates on the gigs page.
New videos of my trio! (7/29/10)
Here's some new videos shot by Bryan Snider at the Father's Day Concert we played at the New Village Arts Theater!
Videos with Kim Wilson! (1/1/10)
During my last show with Kim Wilson at the New Village Arts Theater in Carlsbad, my friend Mark Abbott took some great video of the show and posted it on You Tube. I was also recording the gig for a possible live album but the electricity went out in the middle of the 2nd set. We'll have to book another show and record it.
New Solo Cd!! (7/15/09)
Brand new cd "I Don't Know It" has been released on the Sacred Cat Recording label!! The album features Nathan in many different settings, including his new three piece band, solo acoustic, solo one man band and pairing with a couple special guests. Guests featured are James Harman, Troy Sandow, Marty Dodson, and Olivia Pierson. Nathan also plays every instrument on several songs including: upright bass, drums, harmonica, banjo, and mandolin! Pick up your copy at BLUE BEAT MUSIC or at any Nathan James gig. New songs are now posted and playing on here and on Myspace!
Europe tour announced!! (3/09)
Once again Nathan will be traveling across the pond this May for a Spring tour in Europe. 1st he'll be meeting up with James Harman and Gene Taylor to play in Holland, and Belgium, then flying up to Scandinavia to play with Ben Hernandez in Norway, Denmark and Sweden. Check gigs page for exact shows.
Cd Hollerin'! Wins Cd of the year at IBC!! (2/09)
Nathan's cd with Ben, 'Hollerin'!, has won self produced cd of the year at this year's International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN! www.blues.org/ibc/ If you don't have yet, now's the time to order your copy to see what all the fuss is about! cdbaby.com/cd/nathanjames3
Endorsed by Baden Guitars!
Nathan has recently been chosen to endorse Baden Guitars! These are finely crafted handmade acoustic guitars. "I am exctied to be a part of their artist roster that includes blues great John Cephis! Finally I can perform again live with a flattop acoustic guitar that actually sounds like an acoustic guitar when amplified- thanks to the wonderful new Fishman Elipse Aura pickup system." T.J. Baden has worked closely with Larry Fishman to develop this pickup for their fine instruments. "The model I chose to play is the A-style Mahogony, which is perfect for fingerstyle country blues playing." check them out at www.badenguitars.com
'Sweet Little Woman' on HBO!! 10/08
Nathan has recently had his song "Sweet Little Woman" from the album Carl Sonny Leyland Trio Meets Nathan James and Ben Hernandez" chosen to be on the soundtrack for an episode of Cathouse on HBO. Supposed to air on Thu Oct 23.