Nate Jenkins Band

Nate Jenkins Band

 Dubuque, Iowa, USA
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Biography

NJB Biography

Nate Jenkins sings with a captivating vocal style atop vintage indie rock and pop arrangements, channeling his original songs through veteran musicians Brad Cavanagh, Rob Martin, and Chad Witthoeft. Onstage, the band incorporates a unique blend of effects and loops into their set, formulating a quality equating that of a studio session, while preserving the raw power and spontaneity of a live performance. Blending their varying styles and distinctive instrumentation brings a refreshing interpretation to the story of popular rock and roll. Nate Jenkins Band is at once fresh and unique, yet strangely familiar.

~Dr. Ivan Rhomberg

Lyrics

Mercy Down

Written By: Nate Jenkins

Whoa now mercy down
Whoa now mercy down
Whoa now mercy down
Whoa now mercy down
I can’t trade for good luck with nobody
Cause nobody’s around

When I was a sailor
I sailed the seven seas
Traveling port to port
I gathered what I needed to
See the whole wide world
With time to feel the breeze
But supersition’s got me now with that
Ocean-bottom tease

Whoa now mercy down
Whoa now mercy down
Whoa now mercy down
Whoa now mercy down
I can’t trade for good luck with nobody
Cause nobody’s around

A storm is rolling in
This one could be the end
If I do not break
I’m surely gonna bend
I never saw it coming
From the north it did descend
Caught me with my sails down low
With no pardon for to lend

Whoa now mercy down
Whoa now mercy down
Whoa now mercy down
Whoa now mercy down
I can’t trade for good luck with nobody
Cause nobody’s around

Follow me grim reaper
I have little time to spare
Follow me up to the bow
If you consider yourself fair
I can feel your burley gusts
Ripping through my hair
But land is not so far away
And I’ll bet good luck’s
Waiting there…

Whoa now mercy down
Whoa now mercy down
Whoa now mercy down
Whoa now mercy down
I can’t trade for good luck with nobody
Until I reach that solid ground

(c) 2008 Nate Jenkins Music

Unwrap Yourself

Written By: Nate Jenkins

The only thing between heaven and I
Are the silhouetted trees against the sky
Leaveless in the cold, December ending
Tangled with winter’s twilight

I find myself like the old oak tree
Standing alone with my leaves clutched closely
And the setting sun stands out against
The pale blue of evening coming for me

Unwrap yourself from yourself
Stand naked in the cold

You seem to be exactly what I need
Right here right now I’ve nothing left to bleed
You build me with your art
While you’re taking me apart
(then you say)

I peer through the branches from my second story window
Pink and twilight blue scatter the sky and I
Find myself alone
And I find myself alone

Cowboys & Indians

Written By: Nate Jenkins

Don’t say anything tonight
The tanks just might pass us by
(Soon) Up comes the dawn from the alleyways within
And I go off to war in my own town again

Cowboys and Indians (again)

They say they’re here to make it straight
More like to settle old scores
They’re dropping bombs in the night’s din
It’s Cowboys and Indians again

Refrain

False hope in the future we seek
On the walk to vote they’ll blow your feet off
Frontiers of madness are closing in
It’s Cowboys and Indians again

Paper Chain

Written By: Nate Jenkins

Started out
Ventured forth to find
Sights unparalleled
Between the shadows of our mind
We laid down in the dead leaves
Of crimson far and near
Bare-branch horizon ascending
The call’s becoming clear

Lived on sunlight
Rarely took for granted
It became everything
The seed that was planted
Became known to us
She in the new year morn
August finalized
The path we was on

Cardigan/turtleneck
Fought distance and winter
Through blizzard headlights I drove
In hopes I might get a glinter
If I… find my way through the
Freezing cold night ass air… to you

Good morning my love
We’re gonna have a ball
Just like that ol’ time when
If you can recall
We made love at the grove of birch
In the Mines of Spain
Now we’re counting down the days of this year
On a paper chain

Discography

Nate Jenkins Band
Live at The Grand EP
February 2010

Nate Jenkins
Bagnoregio, EP
Home Recordings 2006-2007

Nate Jenkins
North of London, EP
February 2004

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Other Media:

Official Website:
www.natejenkins.com

Nate Jenkins Band on Myspace.com (www.myspace.com/jenkins.songs)

"Mercy Down" Video
Streaming at IntoTheHill.com

Videos from DubuqueFest 2009
www.explorationiowa.com

Nate Jenkins on Youtube.com

Radio Airplay with KUNI (Cedar Rapids, IA)
Radio Airplay with KGRR/Midwest Music Makers (Dubuque, IA)

Set List

Harlem Stroll
Paper Chain
Unwrap Yourself
Cowboys & Indians
Don't Owe You Anything
Mercy Down
Belgians on Bicycles
Land of Enchantment
The View
Enough
Glowing Eastern Sky
Standing By The River
Know Your Number By Heart
Lost Along The Way
Everlasting Cure
Starry Field
Moonlight River
Invisible Man
Dead Man's Shoes
Day Goes Down

(note: all songs are original compositions)