Neil Nathan

Neil Nathan

 New York City, New York, USA
BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Sensitive singer/songwriter or All Out Rocker? If you think no one can be both, you've never met Neil Nathan. Classic Rock, Folk, Alt Country, Garage Rock; one man, many styles. Marc Bolan meets Neil Young, Alice Cooper meets Cat Stevens, Matthew Sweet,The Faces, Tom Petty.

Biography

It's safe to say that New York City's Neil Nathan is a fan of Detroit music. So it was only natural for the guitar man to travel to Detroit Rock City to record his debut LP, The Distance Calls, set for release August 24th, 2010. Nathan reached out to Bobby Harlow, a member of the seminal Detroit garage-rock group The Go (Jack White appeared on their Sub Pop release) to produce his debut full-length album. “Bobby Harlow is one of my favorite singer/songwriter/producers and I trusted him completely,” gushes Nathan. So to the “D” he went, where Harlow collected some of the Motor City’s finest rock musicians as Nathan’s backing band. The all-star lineup included Dean Fertita (The Dead Weather, QOTSA), Kenny Tudrick and Joey Mazzola (Detroit Cobras), John Krautner (The Go), and Ross Westerbur (Deadstring Brothers).

Recorded and mixed at acclaimed Tempermill Studios in 10 days, The Distance Calls effortlessly merges jangly pop rock with Nathan’s mellower singer/songwriter side. With a dash of NYC glitter and some good old Detroit fuzz and stomp, it showcases a musician clearly influenced by the ‘70s (without being cliché). “This is the first record I’ve done where there’s a balance to my sound. Bobby was able to successfully marry my harder rock side with the singer/songwriter in me,” says Nathan.

Matthew Sweet, Cat Stevens, and Detroit blues-rock influence and mingle with each other on The Distance Calls, while remaining distinctly Nathan. There are few musicians out there that can pull off this kind of disparity in their sound, but Nathan and Harlow (who also sings on the track “Get On”) succeeded. Bringing back the lost art of the “fade out,” Nathan jaunts from classic rock with some Marc Bolan spark and swagger, to singer/songwriter with a touch of Americana twang. Neil Nathan is an electric warrior with a softer side.

While some tracks may sneak up on you more than others, every song leaves you with a catchy chorus. Nathan’s affection for iconic ‘70s music couldn’t be clearer than his folky version of Electric Light Orchestra’s “Do Ya.” Impressed by Nathan’s version, mega ELO man Jeff Lynne gave it his blessing for inclusion on Showtime's Californication Soundtrack. Nathan’s music has also appeared in the Rosario Dawson film Descent. He was excited for another opportunity to work with Dawson, his friend and former roommate, when she recently guest starred in his music video for The Distance Calls’ lead single, “California Run.”

“Making this album forced me to grow in many ways, the experience of working so closely with one of my favorite singer/songwriter/producers in Bobby Harlow and recording with the incredible musicians he assembled, was a whirlwind of new learning’s from both a performance and songwriting perspective.”

“I wanted Neil to walk away from this experience elated,” offers Harlow. And Nathan clearly is. “This is the best thing I’ve done to date. No doubt about it.” After a few EPs and singles, The Distance Calls is finally the album Nathan wanted to make. “It really showcases the style of songs I like to write; from hard rock to folk to countrified rock to garage to power pop.” And whether they’re rockers or folk songs, love or loss songs, or driving down the highway summer songs, Nathan now has a powerful collection of songs to stand the test of time.

Lyrics

California Run

Written By: Neil Nathan

Brushfires in the desert rain
I'm trying to relive the day
When you said to me
Baby we were meant to be

Sand drifting on an empty beach
Cool waters run beneath my feet
And your ocean breeze
Puts my mind at ease

California, California Sun
California, California Run

Cliffs rise above a restless sea
Wind whistles through the forest trees
I can hear them say
You're the only way

Sun shimmers in the velvet sky
Waves sparkle right before my eyes
With your magic touch
I love you oh so much

California, California Sun
California, California Run

You're my darling of the sea
You're my pretty melody
You're my blue sky fantasy
You're my future history

Brushfires in the desert rain
I'm trying to relive the day
When you said to me
Baby we were meant to be

California, California Sun
California, California Run

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Written By: Coonts and Gillespie

You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
He's making a list
And checking it twice;
Gonna find out Who's naughty and nice
Santa Claus is coming to town
He sees you when you're sleeping
He knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!
O! You better watch out!
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town

You're Mine

Written By: Neil Nathan

I just wanna kiss you
To bring your lips to mine
To lay right there beside you
And forget all space and time

For come what may
You’re Mine
No force can break our might
Our undying love will shield us from
All bitterness and lies

I just wanna give you
The best days of my life
To lay your head upon me
And hold you to me tight

For come what may
You’re Mine
No force can break our might
Our undying love will shield us from
All bitterness and lies

You’re Mine
Wherever life may take me yeah
You’re Mine
Wherever life may take me yeah

Discography

PLACEMENTS
Californication, ESPN Sportscenter and SportsNation, Descent starring Rosario Dawson

RADIO PLAY
Tracks from The Distance Calls getting strong support and airplay from these major Triple-A and Americana stations: XM/Sirius Coffeehouse WGCS KFAN WQBR WMNF WFPK WSGE WMSV WMSR WVTF KXCI WETS WVIA WMKY RadioFreeAmeri

DISCOGRAPHY
The Distance Calls LP, Showtime's Californication Season 2 Soundtrack, The Nearest Future EP, Songsmiths EP, Glide EP, Motor City Recordings EP, To You (A Happy Birthday Song), Santa Claus is Coming To Town

Set List

set can be mellower duo with acoustic guitar and mandolin/lap steel player or full band with two electric guitars, lap steel, bass, drums, acoustic guitar or combo of both anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes

All or Nothing (Small Faces Cover)
Do Ya (ELO cover featured on Calfiornication Soundtrack)
Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong Cover)
When The Rain Falls
High
If You Wanna Know
Far Off
Impossible
Mary
Too Late
My Everything
In Circles
Never Enough
California Run
Don't Walk Away
Never Enough
Highways
Disappear
Get On
Mia
Gone and Back Again
Glide