“In the early 1990s, after releasing two progressive bluegrass albums for Flying Fish Records with his then-wife Susan Shore as Bell & Shore (El Ranko Motel and Little Movies), Bell walked away from the music business because he didn’t much like the “business” part”. (excerpted from acousticmusic.com)
With an independent spirit, he came back in 2008.
“Bell is a songwriter’s songwriter, a man who has shared bills with legends like Townes Van Zandt, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal and Norman Blake. The son of a poet and professor, his concise narratives come wrapped in gorgeously downhome yet ethereal production, adorned with gentle harmonies, daydreaming mandolin and the occasional blanket of pedal steel. He’s got a keen eye for detail, and an unapologetic penchant for the political, populist humanism of his literary heroes John Steinbeck, Jack London and Studs Terkel. With his latest LP, I Don’t Do This for Love, I Do This for Love (the third installment in a potent trilogy that began with 2011’s Black Crow Blue and continued with 2014’s Blood Like a River), Bell has created a song cycle that is both moving and timely. ” – No Depression Magazine
“He inhabits similar territory to Townes van Zandt and John Prine, but is even nearer to Guy Clark” – American Roots UK
“The best kept secret in the American indy scene” – Ninety Mile Wind Songwriter’s Blog
“exquisitely stripped-down true rootsy folk music void of any distractions from heart and soul.” – acousticmusic.com
“The Day After Stonewall Died,” a short film that Nathan provided the music and songs for, was awarded first prize at the 2014 Cannes Short Film Festival.
Bell’s CD “I Don’t Do This For Love, I Do This For Love” finished at #2 for 2014 on the Euroamericana Chart.
The Empire State Railway Museum is located at 70 Lower High Street in Phoenicia, New York. Tickets are $12 at the door or $10 with an advance RSVP. Show time is 7:30 p.m. and the doors open at 7:00 p.m. This is an intimate venue with seating for approximately 50 guests.
Seats can be reserved by emailing us at email@example.com or by calling Flying Cat Music at 845-688-9453. RSVPs must be received by 5:00 p.m.on the day of the show in order to confirm seat availability. Advance seats can only be guaranteed until 7:20 p.m. so please arrive early to claim them.
Video of Nathan Bell performing “I Don’t Do This For Love, I Do This For Love”