Nate & Kate

Nate & Kate

BandFolkAmericana

Central-NY's folk superheros Nate & Kate deliver heartfelt modern folk songs, with musical influence from orchestral to country-blues. Live show features high energy, unusual covers, and JUGGLING w/ cello.

Biography

Nate was born on the hottest day of the year in a burnt-out farmhouse with no hot water in Wingdale, upstate-NY. He grew up chasing chickens, building tree forts, and playing shortstop. He made rollerblading videos and snowboarded in the winter. At 16 he learned to sing and play guitar with the local church choir. Nate played with friends in several high school rock bands, and began writing songs and traveled the country by station wagon at 18. He released his first album of all-original material, “Generation Why?,” early the following year. He juggles 7 balls with good control and currently teaches and performs part-time as a juggler. Nate has now written over a hundred original songs, and he released 2 1/2 solo albums before “Nate & Kate.”

Kate was raised in central NY singing and playing cello from the age of four. She has performed in numerous orchestras, string ensembles, and choirs. She has performed in some of Italy’s most magnificent cathedrals as well as New York’s Avery Fischer Hall with the Hamilton College Choir. Kate was lead singer for two rock bands before joining forces with Nate.

Nate & Kate met and began playing together in Binghamton, NY in 2005, and self-booked a 3-month tour of the Eastern-US that Fall (’05). They have continued touring, promoting, and writing, and released their debut album, “Fame by Frame” early summer 2007. Nate & Kate are continually performing the East Coast and New England, and are developing new material for a follow-up record.

Lyrics

ttyl now baby

Written By: Nate & Kate

ttyl now baby

its ttyl now baby
i wont brb
its ttyl now baby
cause i gtg

luv comes and goes these days
more than the wind blows id say
and tho we shared a window
just 1 clic of the x and its closed

and its ttyl now baby
i wont brb
its ttyl now baby
cause i gtg

u r my bff
i think ur gr8
u make me lol (jk)

its ttyl now baby
cause i gtg

thanx 4 all ur charming smileys ? ?
and the funny links u sent me
now i hope this dont xceed ur bandwidth
but ur not the only 1 im chattin with

its ttyl now baby
i wont brb
its ttyl now baby
cause i gtg

yes i gtg right away
ttyl is all i have 2 say

The Dancing Screen

Written By: Nate & Kate

The Dancing Screen

The good town sleeps
while nighthawks fly and addicts fiend
the wind might blow, maybe there’s snow
I don’t know
but secure from this
a child sits
alone

Doritos, and Cheetos
and Ecto Cooler
Nintendo, the soft glow,
the cartridge blow
he’s ten years old
the volume’s low
and he sits
alone

Now his eyes are glue and fastened to
that dancing screen that swirls in his brain
his fingers pound, his palms are wet
A, B, Start, Select
the buzzing moon
peers into the room as the music
sweetly drones…

Oh the hours fold as hours do
when it’s just the TV and you
the daylight breaks, the moon’s erased
he’s wide awake
the strung-out child
no longer feels
alone

When Our Day is Done

Written By: Nate & Kate

when our day is done

when our day is done we’ll do cartwheels across the sun
there will be bathing suits and flutes for everyone
we’ll eat tangerines while choirs sing like wildfire
when our day is done

when our day is done you won’t be at a loss
you won’t have to lift a shovel or take orders from a boss
and we’ll wipe every bead of sweat
from our brows without regret
when our day is done

when our day is done there will be no twisted arms
no broken shins, no heroine, no 6am alarm
and we’ll take a long take a long-earned break
and eat vegan wedding cake
when our day is done

when our day is done we’ll do cartwheels across the sun
there will be bathing suits and flutes for everyone
we’ll eat tangerines while choirs sing like wildfire
when our day is done

when our day is done I’m a-gonna tap dance on the sea
throw with Joe Dimaggio and burn fashion magazines
Scott Joplin will be tickling keys
as William Blake pens verse for me
when our day is done

and when our day is done nobody’ll give a damn
if you’re suave or beautiful or ever paid tax to Uncle Sam
and every face will shine
like Haley’s Comet all the time
when our days are done

when our days are done we’ll do cartwheels across the sun
there will be bathing suits and flutes for everyone
we’ll eat tangerines while choirs are singin’ like wildfire
when our day has come

Like Dandelion Seeds to the Wind

Written By: Nate & Kate

Like Dandelion Seeds to the Wind

She’s crazy as Evil Knevil and she will
Weave riddles and potions and rhyme
She’ll bake 9-grain bread and knit a hat for your head
And so she’ll remain on your mind

She ain’t carved quite like a statue
But when she stares at you
Her wild eyes say “it’s no sin”
And her marigold kisses hold your worries and wishes
Like dandelion seeds to the wind

And her heart, it’s big as a buoy
Out there on the salty waves
And you’ll never be sorry
If you just let the
Undertoe sweep you away

She cooks on a griddle, bows cello and fiddle
Knows rosemary from parsley and sage
And her time can be leased with chocolates and cheese
Though you don’t own it, oh try as you may

You’re sure she’s a vixen, she’s your idee fixe and
She’ll dance in the park at twilight
Then says “come on over and roll in the clover,
See the fireworks split open the night”

And her heart, it’s big as a buoy
Out there on the salty waves
And you’ll never be sorry
If you just let the
Undertoe sweep you away

Sometimes her mouth is a cannon, so if you are planning
To march into battle with words
Well you’d better be quick ‘cause her ears turn to bricks
And you’ll sooner be dead than be heard

No she don’t need religion, she makes her decisions
By the passions that blast in her blood
But sometimes she cries, and it’s just like the skies
Break down and open up for a flood

And her heart, it rings like a buoy
Out there on the salty waves
And you’ll never be sorry
If you just let the
Undertoe sweep you away (woo)

See her hair fall like fire cascading in spires
Feel her spine, like an arrow’s true flight
And when she goes away for just a few days
The darkness swallows the light

Oh, she’s carved more true than a statue
And when she stares at you
Her wild eyes cry “it’s no sin”
And her marigold kisses hold your worries and wishes
Like dandelion seeds to the wind

And her heart, it rings like a buoy
Out there on the salty waves
And you’ll never be sorry
If you just let the
Undertoe sweep you away

No you’ll never be sorry
If you just let the
Undertoe sweep you away

Dark Side of the World

Written By: Nate & Kate

The Dark Side of the World

Go to sleep my little one
And don’t you fuss or cry
Allow the angels of the night
To steal away your eyes
Drop into that great abyss
Where sparkling diamonds twirl
Explore the caves and rivers of
The dark side of the world

Now your eyes are strained from reaching out
And staring at the wind
Step outside the universe
And slip out of your skin
The pageant’s ready to begin
The colors now unfurl
They’re waiting for you to join them
On the dark side of the world

A gallant stranger tips his hat
As the child bride delights
The emperor signals horns to flare
The sky is filled with kites
Acrobats tumble down the street
Grandmother grasps her pearls
Their hearts unfold like fireworks
On the dark side of the world

Oh, you’re all at peace, you’re silent now
Your face is free from tears
But papa’s heart is weighted with
Finances and fears
Storm clouds gather from the west
And the winds of vengeance whirl
Maybe it’s time I join you child
On the dark side of the world

Discography

Debut Full-length Album:

"Fame by Frame," released June 2007.

Set List

*Set lists, especially covers, vary greatly by venue and slotting. Our typical full-length college coffeehouse show is two 7 or 8 song music sets w/ some jokes/stories, broken in the middle by juggling tricks and routines, some audience participation, and a brief set break. It runs a little under 2 hours. A show in that setting may run as follows*:

SET 1: (originals unless otherwise noted)

ttyl now baby
If'n I die Tomorra
Holiday (acoustic "Weezer" cover)
Far as I Can See
Thin Shadows
Anna's Afternoon
Nostalgia Blues

(Nate balances guitar on chin, Kate plays kazoo, audience drum-rolls)
(brief juggling routine choreographed to cello music)
(short set break)

SET 2:

Freight Train Play That Chord
Faith, Hope, & Love
Too Close (acoustic "Next" cover)
Like Dandelion Seeds to the Wind
Just a Lonely Sphere
Dark Side of the World
House of the Rising Sun (traditional folk song)
When Our Day is Done