Venue Address (Get Directions)Pump House Concerts
Date and Time
Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 at 6:30pm
As the son of Marvin Bell, first Poet Laureate of Iowa, Nathan has language in his bloodlines. Nathan performs literate and literary songwriting supported by a solid grounding in guitar-based American music forms (country, blues, soul, and rock). Nathan was Alt-country and Americana long before these terms were coined. Somewhere beyond the blurry horizon line, beyond the stark light of Springsteen’s Nebraska and Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, Nathan Bell started walking. Not literally. Not metaphorically. No, in songs. Nathan Bell has the voice of an old soul. The tone and textures of a been there/done that attitude work well in the songs, which have the sound of hard work and tough lives.
Nathan's latest release, Blood Like A River, debuted the first week of January, 2014 at #12 on the Roots Music Report chart, #14 on the Airplay Direct album chart, #20 on the Euro Americana chart, and #18 on the FAR (Freeform American Roots) chart.
Blood Like A River was the #9 album, includes the #13 song ('Names'), and Nathan Bell is the #15 artist, on the Folk DJ List (based on airplay) in January, 2014.
What people are saying about Nathan:
"Peopled with drinkers and fighters, lovers and flings, [Bell’s] carefully drawn tales are united by a strong sense of character, story and emotion." ----Rolling Stone
"With his crisp, handcrafted playing and intimate, incisive lyrics, Bell documents an America teetering on the edge". - Acoustic Guitar Magazine
"In the song "Names", I have never heard a more powerful tribute to those who have become both instruments of and victims of war." Donna Mavity of Donna's Americana
"Bell lives in a world of less thans, left behinds, lost souls and not enoughs - and isn’t afraid to rail against the scraps that are supposed to suffice. Get ready to be inspired." - The Yummy List, February 2009.
"Rodney Crowell said that Americana Music is based in poetry, Nathan Bell was Americana before it had a name"
Denise Williams, Hillbilly Haiku House Concerts
“He captures what it means to be alone and, particularly, what it means to put love at the forefront of anything else that we think matters.” -M. Jae Soleil
Her Review of Black Crow Blue at No Depression
"How good was Nathan Bell? The heavy drinkers and hard cases refused to piss until the show was over." ----Jay Johnson, proprietor of Honky Tonk House Concerts
A review of Nathan's record, "Black Crow Blue", on No Depression.