Nathanson is an American singer-songwriter whose work is a blend of folk and
rock music. In addition to singing, he plays acoustic (usually a twelve-string)
and electric guitar, and has performed both solo and with a full band.
album, Please, was recorded and mixed
in 1993 in a house in Van Nuys, California. Most of the songs were written
while Nathanson was in high school and a freshman at Pitzer College in
Claremont, California. Please was
released in the spring of 1993.
Nathanson’s new hometown of San Francisco in the winter of 1997, Ernst was an entirely acoustic record -
the instrumentation is mostly acoustic guitar with some accordion, cellos and
percussion. This record was mixed at Toast Studios in San Francisco by Jaquire
album was Not Colored Too Perfect, a
compilation of unreleased material, the bulk of which was recorded in San
Rafael, California, in the fall of 1997. Two other songs on this compilation, “You’re
Smiling” and “Wait Up” were recorded in Santa Barbara, California, in the
summer of 1995. The final two songs, “Trace of a Cat’s Eye” and “Vandalized”
were taken from the unreleased record by Nathanson’s college band, Here Comes Everybody. The HCE album was recorded in the spring of
1995 but was never released. Both these songs were written by the drummer of
the band, Bill Foreman.
Still Waiting for Spring was recorded in
December 1998 in Cotati, California, and in January of 1999 at Tiny Telephone
in San Francisco, with Mark Weinberg. This record features David Immergluck and
Charlie Gillingham of Counting Crows
on the song “Loud,” which was featured on the television show “Dawson’s Creek.”
The record released spring of 1999.
For his 2003
album, When Everything Meant Everything,
he enlisted drummer Nathanson Chamberlain, guitarist David Garza and Glen
Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket for
background vocals. “Lucky Boy,” from Still
Waiting for Spring was re-recorded for this record. “Suspended” and “I Saw”
were released as singles and more than half the record was licensed to
television various shows.
deciding that the major label world was not for him, Nathanson got out of his
contract with Universal Records and released At the Point. Recorded live over the course of two nights at The
Point in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania in June of 2005, this was Nathanson’s first
live release. This record was released in April 2006 and debuted at Number 28
on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart the week of its release.
Some Mad Hope was recorded between
August 2005 and March 2007 in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Cotati,
California. The album was produced independently, and Nathanson partnered with
Vanguard Records for its release in August 2007. It debuted Number 60 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and was on
the charts for 34 weeks. The single, “Come On Get Higher,” peaked at Number 59
on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart,
Number Three on the Billboard Adult
Contemporary chart and Number 19 on the Adult
Pop Songs chart. “Car Crash” peaked at Number 30 on the Adult Pop Songs chart and “Falling Apart”
peaked at Number 28. “Come On Get Higher” was certified platinum, selling over
1.8 million in single sales.
album, Modern Love, was released in
June 2011. The first single, “Faster,” was released in March. The song, “Run”
was recorded with the group Sugarland,
but are credited individually as “feat. Jennifer Nettles & Kristian Bush.”
The album reached Number 17 on the Billboard
200 and Number 4 on the Independent
Nathanson possesses the wonderful gift to compose songs that are thoughtfully
conceived, in the singer/songwriter vein. Not only can Nathanson pen ‘em, he
can also sing them with great passion and nuance. On his 2013 effort, Last of the Great Pretenders, Nathanson
delivers a set of eleven songs that soundly represent his musical talents.
Tightly assembled at under 40 minutes, Last of the Great Pretenders is no “pretender”
itself, easily captivating.