Musical Story-Time

August 10, 2015

If you’ll indulge me for a sec I have a story I’d like to share. The other day after American Nomad’s show at University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley a nine-year-old-boy came up to me with his father and shook my hand. “Thanks so much for playing.” he said. “How much for a CD?” He went over to his dad for some money.
“Keep the change.” he said after handing me a $20. His dad laughed and nodded his head.
The boy looked me in the eyes and reached out to shake my hand again. “You rocked it man.” he said candidly.
“Aww. Thanks. so much for saying that.” I responded, touched by his words. I saw a light in his eyes that I recognized in myself when I first started playing. “Do you play music?” I asked him knowing the answer was yes before the words left my mouth. Only a little musician in the making would act like he did after a show.
“Yes. Clarinet.” he replied shaking my hand for a third time. At this point my friends at the show and his dad were laughing.
“Practice everyday and let me know when you want to open up for us.” After a barrage of music related questions, his dad pulled him away. I had made a new buddy. Something about that moment stuck with me. The kid was genuinely inspired by music I made. How cool is that? Isn’t that what it’s all about? Someday I believe that boy will be on stage and will inspire many people with his music. Just a gut feeling. Keep an eye out. The wheel keeps on turning. Thanks for indulging me. Have a great Monday folks!

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

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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Yesterday we had the honor of being interviewed by Dave Iverson on KQED’s Forum. It was a blast! Checkout the writeup and stream the archived interview on their site.

“Hassan El-Tayyab was a special-ed teacher going through a rough patch in 2009 when he decided to hop in his Chevy Malibu and take a road trip through America. He settled in Berkeley and formed a new Americana music group with singer-songwriter Shiloh Parkerson. The band, American Nomad, describes itself as ‘modern-day troubadours tramping the dark and dangerous highways of the human soul,’ from heartbreak to broken dreams, with a traditional folk sound. The group just released its new CD, ‘Country Mile.’ They join us for a conversation and live performance.”