Hey Friends,

Hope you are doing well. I just launched this 30 day Kickstarter campaign
to help get a solo album I’ve been working on out into the world. I’m
really excited to share my latest music project with all of you. I’ve been
quietly writing this batch of songs for 2 years and recording tracks for
the past 6 months. I’m in the home stretch.

Check out the page link for more info and to preorder the album.



In the Folds is a nine song album with 8 originals and one cover called
Five Rooms by Tim O’Brien. One of the things I’m most excited about with
this recording is that each song was recorded completely live in just one
take. It was something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I’ve asked my
voice teacher Dana Saltzman to sit in on grand piano which I could not be
happier about. In addition, I’ve asked Gabriella Welch to sit in on a few
tunes doing harmony vocals. Gabriella is a wonderful singer and person who
has mastered her instrument. What a lucky boy I am.

Anything you could spare would be awesome. I really appreciate all the love
and support over the years with these fundraisers. They have been
absolutely crucial to my career and have allowed me to grow and thrive as
an artist. If you are so inclined, pass the page along to a friend you
think might be interested in an advance copy of the album or some of the
other rewards. Thanks so much.

Your Pal,


Hey all. Exciting news… Composing Temple Sunrise is FINALLY published as of July 14th by the Bay Area’s own Poetic Matrix Press. This was a glacial process but totally worth it!!!! It’s on sale now.

This did not happen in a vacuum. Special thanks to the FIshbug Crew, Flux Foundation, , my amazing Kickstarter backers (your ebooks are on the way btw!!), Jess Hobbs, Faith Adiele, John Peterson, Marisa Belger, Lara Edge, Cheryl Fralick, Gary Gregory, Rebecca Frisch, Mary Bisbee-Beek, Rebecca Anders, Melody Shirazi, Amal Dar Aziz, and the Burning Man community at large.


Hey all,

American Nomad had the honor to be on KPFA’s program Music of the World with Joanna Manqueros Tuesday, October 6th. Listen to the full hour here. Enjoy!


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…


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.


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.



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.