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Say hi to Nate!
# of Years Played
I’ve played guitar for about 10 years. I actually started by stealing my older brothers guitar when he took breaks from practicing, I was taking banjo lessons at the time but ended up teaching myself guitar instead.
Favorite three bands
This is so difficult… I could probably more likely do a top 3 in each genre? But definitely Journey, even after the Steve Perry years. Neal Schon has a huge influence on my tone playing electric, along with Eric Johnson.
As far as acoustic guitarists, I would have to say Tony Rice and Tommy Emmanuel. Both have an incredible level of musicianship that is evident every time they pick up a guitar. If you haven’t heard of Josh Williams- check his stuff out too. He has a few solo albums, and has played guitar and mandolin for Rhonda Vincent.
My favorite singer/songwriters would probably be Keith Whitley and Kris Kristofferson- I could go on forever talking about who I really like.
How many guitars to you currently own?
I currently own around 11 guitars, but only a couple are really significant. I mostly play a Taylor 310ce and my main electric is a 90’s Stratocaster. I have a resonator that’s really cool, and a Fender Lead II. A couple cheaper classicals and about 5 others that I’ve somehow accumulated but done nothing with. My dream guitar is a Collings D2HA and if I ever make it happen, I’ll be sure to call my mom first and post pictures here right after!
Tell us the story of your first solo show…
I’ve been playing with bands on different instruments for 8 or 9 years, but my first solo venture was pretty unexpected. A friend invited me to a songwriters night at a local pub, so we went to check it out. She put my name on the list without telling me and I ended up having to play an original that I finished about 2 months prior. Someone let me borrow their guitar and it was really well-received. I was much more nervous by myself than I had ever been with a group, but it was a great place to start and I’m very thankful, if perhaps the tiniest bit resentful that Rebecca signed me up and brought me into the world of open mics.
A quick thank you
I want to thank TAC for being such an open, inviting community. I’ve been looking for something like this for a long time and it’s great to feel like I’m home.