What a year it’s been for Nathan Bell.
He ended 2016 on a high after featuring as one of the Best Male Performers of the Year in the Readers’ Poll at the influential AmericanaUK website.
In February he flew in for a double bill appearance with James McMurtry at Celtic Connections, and stunned a capacity crowd into hushed silence.
AmericanaUK, reviewer Paul Kerr said: “It was a raucous crowd that faced Bell when he bounced onto the stage but within minutes he had them transfixed with barely a murmur to be heard, his confident delivery and wry humour demanding attention.
“…Bell is the real deal - do yourself a favour and catch this true American troubadour. You won’t be disappointed.”
Nathan then released a new album “Love>Fear (48 hours in traitorland) - a stark, acoustic soundtrack for the times we are living in - that won him more attention on both sides of the Atlantic. One of the first reviews to appear came from Tom Franks at Folkwords, who said: “It’s going to be huge,” and just at that, it appeared at the Number 3 slot on the Euro Americana Chart.
He toured the UK again in November. Just look at the flyer here and see what promoters had to say about that…
And, now, to round things off in perfect fashion, it has just been announced that he has been voted Best Male Artist in the 2017 Readers’ Poll at Americana UK.
Nathan is also an educator and writer, teaching guitar and songwriting to students of all ages, and contributing regularly to Acoustic Guitar Magazine.
His music has been reviewed or featured in Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Telegraph (UK), No Depression Magazine, and in most of the influential on line music blogs. he has appeared on many NPR programs including, The Real Economy Project with Alex Chadwick, Live from Studio One, and Songs at The Center.
Nathan has won several awards for his soundtrack work, including best music at the Dublin International Short Film and Music Festival.
We'll leave you with this quote from a recent show.
"Nathan Bell killed it at The Ark - Ann Arbor Saturday night. One of the best damn songwriters ever."
There’s a reliability to a new album from Nathan Bell - it will always cut deep and hard, and ‘Love > Fear’ (48 hours in traitorland)’ delivers as expected. The man writes songs designed to make their mark and he never fails.
Folkwords UK- 2017
Nathan Bell is one of the best songwriters you've never heard of. His songs tell you something about yourself that you didn't know was in you.
-Americana Music Show Best of 2016
Best Of 2016 - AmericanaUK
There’s an incredible amount of eloquence in his ‘plain’ poetry’, along with truth that burns like a welding torch, pounds like a hammer and beats with the resilience of the human heart.
-No Depression Magazine