"One of the only guys in the world that can really play the traditional stuff right."
-Kim Wilson

"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!"
-James Harman

"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."
-Rick Holmstrom

Previous events

May5

Thunderbird Sessions Live Recording

Thunderbird Studios , Oceanside

A live recording with Chino Swingslide and special guest Jeff Ross, acoustic playing Gypsy Jazz and Blues the first set, and live with the Rhythm Scratchers the 2nd set! Tickets from Rexrode Productions

Mar23

Nathan James solo

Pourhouse, Oceanside

triple bill of solo acts including Clinton Davis and Stephen El Rey. I go on 2nd.

NEWS!

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! 

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 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.

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