Hey all,

I’m excited to say that I hit my crowd funding goal! Sending out a deep and humble thanks to everyone who pitched in to help make this little dream of mine a reality. Special thanks to Faith Adiele, Marisa Belger, Kayli De Saussure, and the Flux Foundation. I truly am a lucky boy. I send the manuscript to my publisher June 1st. Hoping to get the book out in the Fall. Stay tuned for info down the road. Feeling the love…

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Hey all.

Here is a link to a recently launched a Kickstarter to get support for a memoir I’ve been working on. Today is day one of a 30 day campaign to raise $3,000. I have till April 22nd to meet my goal.

I’ve been working towards getting this book out in the public for a long time and could use your help with this kickstarter to get me past the last step… publishing. It’s been about five years in the making. The book started as a blog about my cross-country road trip and evolved into a nearly 200-page memoir. It chronicles a period of time I spent with Flux Foundation building a lovely 37-foot fire breathing metal art sculpture named FIshbug and overcame a life threatening spiritual and creative block. Working on this metal art sculpture with an amazing community alongside actually writing my story, helped me work through depression and all the triggers I’d been stumbling over for a long time. It also helped me understand the complex emotions I have from growing up without my father, racism endured due to my Arab heritage, and much more. I have shared quite a lot about myself in this book that I kept bottled up inside for a long time. Writing it all down has been extremely liberating. So much can happen in our lives that it’s easy to get caught up and not take the time to examine life events closely. If you have a sec, please check out this kickstarter and give what you can. If you wouldn’t mind sharing it with friends or family that’d also be huge. Thanks everyone.

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Hey all. I’ve got some exciting news to share. I’ve been working on a memoir about how I got to the Bay Area from Boston, overcame my writer’s block, and started American Nomad. I’ve been writing this for the past 5 years and it’s finally done! Poetic Matrix Press has agreed to publish it too. I’ve got a little blurb about the book below along with a link to my recently created Facebook page. Thanks all. I’ll be putting out more info soon.

Composing Temple Sunrise: Overcoming Writer’s Block at Burning Man is an inspirational coming-of-age memoir about a 26 year old songwriter looking to refuel his creative energy. Triggered by the Great Recession of 2008, Hassan El-Tayyab loses his special education teaching job in Boston and sets out on a cross-country adventure with a woman named Hope Rideout, determined to find his lost muse. His journey brings him to Berkeley, CA, where he befriends a female metal art collective constructing a 37-foot Burning Man art sculpture named Fishbug. What follows is a life-changing odyssey through Burning Man that helps him harness his creative spirit, overcome his self-critic, confront his childhood trauma, and realize the healing power of musical expression.

https://www.facebook.com/composingtemplesunrise

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This is quite the honor! Tupelo Honey from KRVM named 1849 as the best Americana song of 2014! Read below to see the whole list.

Best Americana Songs 2014
#1 1849 – American Nomad – Country Mile
#2 Wind And The Sand – The Blushin’ Roulettes – Old Mill Sessions
#3 America Religious – Caroline Rose – I Will Not Be Afraid
#4 Atlantic Winds – Jonah Tolchin – Clover Lane
#5 In Control – Greensky Bluegrass – If Sorrows Swim
#6 All Or Nothin’ – Nikki Lane – All Or Nothin’
#7 Lucia – Hiss Golden Messenger – Lateness of Dancers
#9 Old Shirt – Kerri Powers – Kerri Powers
#9 Nothing To Me Now – Bahamas – Bahamas is Afie
#10 This Sure As Hell Ain’t My Life – Billy the Kid – Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

Changes to American Nomad

January 16, 2015

Dear American Nomad fans,

I have some sad news to share with you all today. Hassan and Shiloh have different visions for their careers and have decided to pursue their music careers separately. Shiloh will no longer be singing for American Nomad.

You can’t replace someone like Shiloh. You move on and create something new. Shiloh has amazing talents and has brought so much to American Nomad. When I asked Shiloh to join the band a few years back I was floored with her talent and still am today. We are so proud of the music we have made together and will think back on our journey together with fondness. I urge everyone to support Shiloh’s next journey with her music. You know we will be rooting for her all the way.

As for the future of American Nomad, the project will continue. We will continue to write, grow, push ourselves to do our best, and play music from the bottom of our hearts for as many people as who will listen. We hope you continue to accompany us on our journey.

Thanks again everyone for your love and support. Love you all.

- Hassan

2014 Wrap Up!

December 3, 2014

Hey all!

Hope you are doing well. We are coming up on our final Bay Area show of 2014. What a year it’s been too! Sometimes it’s hard to appreciate what you’ve accomplished in a music career. We do this thing that on paper seems crazy but sometimes feels like the most real endeavor we are a part of. We get paid in hugs, smiles, hands crashing together, respect, inspiration, and love. We get paid in new songs that we write, and the beautiful landscapes that inspire them. Here are some of the highlights we are especially proud of in 2014! We played The Independent, The Chapel, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Slim’s and Ashkenaz, performed The Strawberry Music Festival, and the Grass Valley Fathers Day Bluegrass Festival, got interviewed by Dave Iverson from KQED Forum, sang on KPFA Radio, got interviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle, got into American Songwriter Magazine and Acoustic Guitar, was featured on Folk Alley, got Honorable Mention at Folks Fest Song competition, guest lectured a songwriting class at UC Berkeley, released a 13 song album called Country Mile, worked along side our amazing producer/mentor Laurie Lewis, toured though Alaska, the Northwest, Colorado, and LA, made lots of new friends, and wrote lots of new music. Feeling blessed right now for all the love and support from our friends, family, and fans. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Hey folks! Check out this Q/A session on American Nomad in the San Francisco Chronicle. Thanks Tony DuShane for the great questions.

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Here’s an excerpt:

After a road trip across the country from Boston, Hassan El-Tayyab relocated to the Bay Area in 2009. He met Shiloh Parkerson, who ended up as his music partner in American Nomad. If you’re into Americana, the San Francisco band will not disappoint. It’s foot-stompin’ fun.
Lineup: Hassan El-Tayyab, vocals, guitar; Shiloh Parkerson, vocals, guitar; Adam Lowdermilk, upright bass, vocals; Brian Judd, mandolin, vocals; Aurora Bowers, fiddle, vocals.

Was there a band you heard when you were young that inspired you to become a musician?

HE: I found a collection of Robert Johnson recordings sitting on a display case. I listened to the CD multiple times and checked out a few books on his life and legacy. … I became fascinated with the folklore and his music. The experience left me with a huge appreciation for the blues, which became the backbone of my taste in music, eventually leading me to listen to rock, folk, bluegrass, country and even pop.

How does living in the Bay Area affect your music?
HE: Living here forces artists to think about how tech and art are merging together. There are so many new tools becoming available every day that we are constantly trying to keep up to date in order to stay connected with our fan base. The Bay Area is also a musical melting pot, which has a growing appreciation for contemporary Americana and bluegrass music fusing with other genres.

How did you come up with your band name and what does it mean to you?

HE: The name originally stemmed from a long road trip I took in 2009. … I’m also half Bedouin and half European immigrant, which makes me a certifiable American Nomad. In a nutshell, American Nomad is a metaphor for an internal and external journey humanity is on to fuel art, which essentially is our interpretation of reality.

Next gig: 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22. With Misner and Smith, Freddy and Francine. $10-$20. Viracocha, 998 Valencia St., S.F. (415) 374-7048. www.viracochasf.com.
— Tony DuShane, bandwidth@sfchronicle.com

Link to article:

http://www.sfgate.com/music/bandwidth/article/American-Nomad-Foot-stompin-fun-5904288.php

To LA and back again

October 31, 2014

Shiloh here. The other day I was looking back through the pictures of all we’ve been up to and I saw some of my faves of the beautiful nature we’ve encountered along this journey. I’d been searching for the theme to base my blog posts, and Hassan reminded me of the earth that we get to see as we walk our Country Mile. It is undoubtedly one of my favorite parts about starting this adventure of being full time musicians.

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Road trips are one of my favorite pastimes, and my amazement for the great outdoors never wanes. Landscape leaves me speechless and fills me with inspiration, as it did on our quick trip to LA for a songwriting competition last week. Though we didn’t advance to the next round, we met some great peeps, heard important feedback from the Grammy winning judges, and logged some more practice time in the world of music competition.

It was eye opening to travel south through our drought laden land. I’d seen hints of Mother Nature’s dehydration, but as the heat rises on I-5, you can feel the moisture drain from the color. Imagine the colors of water, all the hues of blue that exist out there. They were non-existent this time around, all minus the sky. You know, it’s interesting that when we “talk about the weather” that it means we aren’t talking about what’s real, what’s under the rug. On this little trip I saw the signs, literally. Congress created the dustbowl. Water= Jobs. No Water= No jobs. This well is dry, and it takes the power of Mother Nature to turn this around. Is that in our hands? Is that in our hearts? I hope so.

Save water. Share a shower. Save water, share the power. Cheesy? Perhaps. Either way, pass it on!

Expect more words and pondering about rocks and dirt, leaves and sky. They are, after all, what it’s all about.

Hey folks,

Hassan here. I have some exciting news to share. I just bought a brand new guitar. I’ve been wanting a Martin D-18 for a few years now and it finally happened. I went down to Griffon Stringed Instruments down in Palo Alto and purchased it about 3 weeks ago. Getting a new guitar is a sacred act. This is probably the guitar I’m going to play for most of my career as a professional musician. It’s the guitar I’m going to write new songs on. It’s the guitar that I’ll be dragging around to venues all across the country.I’ve been trying to think of a name for my new pal but nothing is coming to mind. If you think of something, send me an email! A good guitar should have a name I think.

Here’s a couple small details about this guitar that a few of you gear nerds might be interested in. If not, I won’t be offended…. here goes! This Martin D-18 has a lot of unique features. It’s got a slightly wider neck than most guitars which I like. It makes it easier for me to bend strings. The guitar was made with 4 types of wood from all over the world. It’s got a sitka spruce top and a mahogany body. The fingerboard is ebony and the headstock is rosewood. To amplify the sound, I put a trance audio brand pick up in it called an amulet. They are a small company right out of Santa Cruz. This was almost a harder decision than getting the guitar itself. It works off new technology that I wish I could explain better. The result is a very natural guitar tone which I’m loving. Anyway, I digress. Enough guitar nerddom for today! Thanks for reading! Hope I get to play it for you in person soon!

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American Nomad is proud to present our brand new music video of Hallelujah to all of you. We filmed this out in the hills of Sonoma County with a bunch of friends, an old white truck, and a bad ass dog named Sammy. Do we really need we say more? Enjoy!