Hassan El-Tayyab, is front man of the band American Nomad and an award winning singer songwriter. He was honored as a finalist in the 2017 Telluride Troubadour Song Competition, for best vocal performance in the 2013 Berkeley Old Time Music Competition, as a finalist in the 2011 International songwriting competition, and was recognized in the 2013 and 2011 Rocky Mountain Folk Festival Songwriter Competition. Rooted in Americana and folk/swing traditions, his carefully crafted original music maintains a modern relevance. Smart songwriting, catchy lyrics, tight rhythms, rich harmonies, and strong musicianship have already earned Hassan a reputation as a musician that can intrigue listeners from a wide variety of musical tastes and backgrounds. Keeping in line with the ancient troubadour tradition, his music draws from the spirit of travel and authentic life experience.
Hassan El-Tayyab and his group American Nomad has performed at some of the country’s finest acoustic venues and festivals including the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, the Grass Valley Bluegrass Festival, the Independent, The Chapel, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Slim’s and Ashkenaz. In addition, American Nomad has appeared on the radio several times including interviews with Dave Iverson from KQED Forum, KPFA’s America’s Back 40 with Mary Tilson, and KPFA’s Music of the World with Joanna Manqueros. The have also been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, American Songwriter Magazine, Acoustic Guitar Magazine, and were featured on NPR’s Folk Alley. Last but not least, American Nomad’s critically acclaimed album Country Mile was produced by Grammy nominated producer and IBMA winner Laurie Lewis.