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Artist: Nathan Asher

This year's Rock category winner of the 7th Annual Great American Song Contest is Nathan Asher & the Infantry from Raleigh NC.

Judges praised their song “Turn Up the Faders” as "innovative, honest and powerful."

Nathan Asher & the Infantry have received recognition from Kings of A&R, the scouting website for advertisers and recruiters in the music industry.

The group was also named Best Rock Band in the Triangle, NC, area’s Independent Weekly magazine by the voting public.

Nathan Asher & the Infantry have also released a music video for “Turn Up the Faders” that's been selected for airtime by independent cable and online music video networks. (Visit to view.)

Nathan & The Infantry are touring to support their new album, Sex Without Love, produced by Rob Farris of the Backsliders.

To find our more about Nathan & the Infantry and hear their music, visit their website at:
- Great American Song Contest

Singer-songwriter and guitarist, Nathan Asher describes the songs of his band, the Infantry, as "smart music for idiots." The Raleigh, NC band aims to create a distinct, modern version of Dylan and Springsteen’s earliest, full band work with anthemic rock-n-roll, reminiscent of U2, early REM, and The Clash.

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Nathan Asher and the Infantry (l to r): Brandon, Nathan Asher, Nick Abbate, Chris Serino, Lawson Taylor, Dan Abbate

Asher, an award winning poet, and playwright, has a unique style of storytelling. His lyrics bridge the gap between hip-hop and the melodic and emotional subtlety of traditional folk songwriting.

These six, long-time friends are driven by the rhythm section of Nick Abbate (bass) and Dan Abbate (drums), brothers who have performed together their entire lives. The other members include Turner Brandon (organ and harmonica), Chris Serino (guitar) and Lawson Taylor (piano).

The Infantry released their self-titled, debut album in 2004, which includes the featured track, "Turn Up The Faders." The band's new album, Sex Without Love was released in September 2005. - NPR Music


Nathan Asher and the Infantry- Sex Without Love

Nathan Asher and the Infantry- Self-titled

Nathan Asher and the Infantry- Last Election, single

Electro-Pop Hits

Nathan Asher

Phantom FM- Agate Bridge

Folk Songs for the New Millenium


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Nathan started performing, mostly country blues and delta blues onstage as a teenager. At fourteen, he won the Cape Fear Blues Society competition for best acoustic artist. He comes from Raleigh, North Carolina, sings with a gravelly voice, plays guitar, and sometimes accompanies himself on harmonica and kick drum. He has won three of the largest songwriting contests in the world, placing first in The John Lennon International Song Competition in the Electronica category, and the Great American Song contest for the song “Turn up the Faders”, and placing in the International Songwriting Competition. After playing with a band for many years, he's gradually getting back to busking and playing as a solo musician, playing mostly traditional music, the type of music he started with. He has included a live recording of the type of music he’s playing now, along with several songs from his most recent band ,the Infantry, and a song with beats that he programmed. He enjoys touring, but doesn’t have a booking agency right now, which is why he needs help getting out there. His most recent show was opening for world music band Toubab Krewe. He has a long history of touring and performing in the US and Canada, is able to make it to Womex if selected, will have a proper solo website up before Womex, and throws himself on the mercy of the 7 Samurai.