"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

Jan6

New Village Arts Theatre

New Village Arts Theatre, Carlsbad, Ca

Together after both having several gigs cancelled in the New Year due to the economy, I got together with Jazz vocalist Susanna Kurner to put together a weeknight show in Carlsbad.  This is a suggested donation event w/ wine and snacks available! Come check out this hip intimate theatre.  W/ Susanna Kurner opening, then my band and special guest Billy Watson!!

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Jan1

Beachfire Bar & Grill

Beachfire Bar & Grill, San Clemente, Ca

New Years Party!!

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Dec31

1st Night Escondido

1st Night Escondido

w/ Billy Watson band New Years Eve fun! 8-11pm

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Dec29

Bing Crosby's

Bing Crosby's, San Diego

duo w/ Olivia Pierson

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Dec28

Coyote Bar & Grill

Coyote Bar & Grill, Carlsbad, Ca

w/ Billy Watson band for 7 and 1/2 hours!! 1:30-9pm!

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Dec23

Pattricks II

Pattricks II, San Diego

playing bass with Blue Largo

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Dec22

Bing Crosby's

Bing Crosby's, San Diego


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Dec20

Bing Crosby's

Bing Crosby's, San Diego

w/ Band

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Dec19

Iva Lee's

Iva Lee's, San Clemente, Ca

duo w/ Olivia Pierson

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Dec18

Beachfire Bar & Grill

Beachfire Bar & Grill, San Clemente, Ca


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Dec17

Bing Crosby's

Bing Crosby's, San Diego

solo

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Dec16

Hensley’s Flying Elephant Pub & Grill

Hensley’s Flying Elephant Pub & Grill, Carlsbad, CA 92008

duo w/ Olivia Pierson

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Dec13

Miramonte Winery

Miramonte Winery, Temecula, Ca

w/ Olivia Pierson band 6:30-9:30pm

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Dec12

Lestats Coffee

Lestats Coffee

show w/ Jane Lui and others

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Dec11

Beachfire Bar & Grill

Beachfire Bar & Grill, San Clemente, Ca


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Dec10

Coyote Bar & Grill

Coyote Bar & Grill, Carlsbad, Ca

w/ Olivia Pierson band

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Dec8

Bing Crosby's

Bing Crosby's

duo w/ Olivia Pierson

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Dec7

Myrtle Creek Nursery

Myrtle Creek Nursery

Christmas country howdown fair! Craft fair, hay and tractor rides, and homemade apple cider!  Come get your fresh cut x-mas tree!! 1-4pm

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Dec6

Bing Crosby's

Bing Crosby's, San Diego

w/ band

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Dec5

Iva Lee's

Iva Lee's, San Clemente, Ca

duo w/ James Harman

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NEWS!

New Record 'What I Believe' available!  

Excited to release what I think is my best work yet, and even more excited to have it be my first release issued on vinyl! 'What I Believe' has many layers and textures of sound with a production I have never explored before. Also features many special guests including: Kim Wilson, James Harman, Missy and Heine Andersen among many others. Songwriting is the main focus as this one is 100% original material. Get a physical copy or download here at CD Baby.

Two New Cd's Released October 28th 2014! 

Excited to announce the release of not one, but TWO new cd's! 'Hear Me Calling' is a solo acoustic based release featuring Nathan on various acoustic guitars, and a few with his Washboard electric guitar.

'Natural Born That Way' is an album that features Nathan James with his band the Rhythm Scratchers, and also special guests Carl Sonny Leyland on piano and Big Jon Atkinson on guitar. 

Both are released on the Sacred Cat Recording label. The official release date is October 28th with the press, but you can pick them both up at any show. Places to purchase cd's and downloads online will be announced soon. 

Grammy Nominated and Blues Award Winner! May 2014 

Back in late December of 2012, I had the extreme honor to be asked to play on the live recording 'Remembering Little Walter' to back a cast of renowned harmonica players including: Charlie Musselwhite, Billy Boy Arnold, Sugar Ray Norcia, James Harman, and Mark Hummel! I was also thrilled to be playing guitar alongside guitar great Little Charlie Baty!...Well as it turns out, this album recorded in San Diego at Anthology, was released on Blind Pig was nominated for a Grammy Award for best blues album for the 56th annual show that was held on January 26th, 2014.

Although it didn't win a Grammy, it was nominated and then won two Blues Awards in May of this year in Memphis TN. One was for the Traditional Blues Album of the Year, and the other was for overall Album of the Year. Such an honor to be in this company! 

Here's a video of the show Charlie Musselwhite

Calm Before the Storm! Fall 2013 

 Enjoying a mellow last week of Summer with just a few gigs. The calm before the storm before hitting the road for most of the entire Fall! First little tour is with the James Harman band, playing the Sin City Soul fest in Vegas on Sep 17th, then to the Bay area for several shows...

After that off to Spain for several festivals before flying to Finland and Sweden for a tour with some of the finest musicians anywhere including: Tomi Leino, Mikko Peltola, Lars Nasman...Home around October 27 then off to a grand finale in Switzerland where the Rhythm Scratchers meet up w/ the James Harman band for the Lucerne Fest on Nov 14-17!

Spring Tour 2013 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. 

After Denamark I'll be heading to Italy to play some shows with Franco Limido and also featuring Veronica Sbergia as a guest on some.

Then the grand finale will be playing at the famed Moulin Blues Festival in Ospel Holland, where the Rhythm Scratchers will be flying in to meet me! 

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.