Nathaniel Talbot presented by Rainshadow Recording
On Friday, January 28, Rainshadow Recording presents a special concert with Nathaniel Talbot at 7:30 pm. Seating will be comfortably distanced. Please bring proof of vaccination and mask up indoors.
“Talbot pushes our understanding of our selves through the intensity of his songcraft. Even the instrumental tracks are enough to make you stop what youre doing and listen.” – No Depression
It’s a busy life for songwriter and farmer NATHANIEL TALBOT, who runs an organic vegetable farm and seed company on Whidbey Island, in Washington State’s Puget Sound. When not out cultivating onions on his solar-powered tractor, he’s inside cultivating songs that are rooted in the earth and American traditionalism. Working in agriculture, while often physically and emotionally tiring, also provides the mental space and quietude for songs to be sown and nourished, says Talbot.
Nathaniel’s latest release, The Fabric and the Weave, is “a compilation of songs that I’ve been quietly trickling out over the past year, in addition to a bunch of unreleased tunes. The music chronicles my more recent adventures with electric guitar as well as some exciting collaborations with local Whidbey musicians Keegan Harshman (bass), Andrew Dorsett (drums, keys) and Chris Steele (drums).”
Raised in the wooded foothills southeast of Portland, OR, the big firs and wide farmscapes of childhood made a life-long impression on Talbot’s songwriting. “The natural setting imprinted on my sense of self, and populated my brain with the imagery and storylines that would later manifest in my songwriting.” He began learning piano at age seven, started a punk rock band at thirteen, and quickly thereafter began steeping himself in guitar-driven sounds of Kelly Joe Phelps, Elliott Smith, Bill Frisell and other Pacific Northwest heroes. Over the next 15 years, Talbot honed an approach to songwriting and storytelling, driven by his complex, yet delicate, fingerstyle guitar work, which earned him a distinct place in the northwest folk scene.
Nathaniel Talbot’s music has dirt under its fingernails, the product of decades of hard work and crafting, retuning, replanting, and retelling. The result is true American roots music that combines the soulful edge of tradition with the Pacific Northwests legacy of freedom and innovation.