Hey folks! Exciting news. The Bluegrass Situation just made the title track off our new record Country Mile, their song of the week. Take a second to read the review and have an exclusive listen to the track by clicking this link.

Here is an excerpt:

For today’s “Song of the Week” we travel to San Francisco to check in with American Nomad, a roots duo fronted by multi-instrumentalists Hassan El-Tayyab and Shiloh Parkerson. The band are firmly entrenched in modern Americana, bridging the gap between swinging country jazz and mystic mountain music, which is quite evident on their newest record Country Mile.

Produced by fiddle and folk stalwart, Laurie Lewis, the pair’s latest effort is a perfect example of the benefits of live recording.

“Working with our producer Laurie Lewis on Country Mile has been a blessing. If you’ve ever met Laurie you know that she is never afraid to speak her mind and is usually right when she does. That is exactly the kind of person we wanted as the producer for our first full length record,” the band tells The Sitch.

Title track “Country Mile,” begins with lush shivers of a dobro, before El-Tayyab and Parkerson embark on a grueling trek across a remote Southern landscape.

“With her quick decision making and strong direction, we tracked all the basics for 12 songs on our album in just two 10-hour days at Bird and Egg Studio. Laurie got every member of the band to focus on getting the best performances we all had in us. That is how it should be in the studio. Every musician walked away from those two days of live tracking agreeing that was one of the best recording sessions any of us had been a part of, and that Laurie was a key ingredient. We are all lucky to have her sharing her heartfelt music and guiding the next generation of bluegrass and Americana musicians.”

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Well folks, our album is DONE, DONE, DONE. It’s been tracked, edited, mixed, mastered, and is back from the printers. We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Honestly and truly. It took a community of folks to make this record happen and every contribution made a big difference. We are grateful to everyone right now. Hassan even hugged a complete stranger yesterday on the subway… that’s another story. Rest assured, he’s getting help.

So I guess you want to know when you can hear it huh? This blog is the place to find out that info. Our album will drop on May day. Yep… Thursday May 1st 2014. It’ll be available right here on this website for streaming and downloads if the Tech gods are smiling upon us. They can be unpredictable sometimes, but we are hoping for the best.

The following day on May 2nd, we will be on the Bay Area’s favorite talkshow Forum chatting about the release and doing a live performance. So exciting… 50,000 people will hear this broadcast. We hope you will be one of them. Turn your radio dials to 88.5 FM from 10:30am – 11:00am. You can also stream that interview at kqed.org.

Later that day we will be doing an Unofficial CD release party with the T Sisters at Sam’s Log Cabin in Albany. This will be a really unique outdoor event, hosted by Laurie Lewis nonetheless. Check out shows page for more info on that. The event will sell out, so get tickets TODAY!

That’s all for now people. Much love to you and yours for the amazing support along American Nomad’s musical journey! See ya soon!

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finalizing-mixing

Hey everyone,

Sorry for the silence. We’ve been busy busy busy trying to get this music ready for you all to listen to. Today is a special day though. I am so pleased to inform you we are finalizing the mix as I type and putting the album to tape. American Nomad’s debut LP Country Mile is just about FINISHED! All that is left to do is master it and send it off to the printers.

I must say that it has been an honor to work with such a stellar team of people on this record! From Laurie’s wisdom and guidance, to Nino’s engineering, to every musician who rocked it on each song. It’s been a blessing. It’s also been an honor to get your support in making the album. Without you, this album would have been much more difficult for this Indie band to have made. And don’t think we forgot about your rewards! They will be our first priority when we are done with the record.

Thanks again all. American Nomad loves you! We will be announcing the date for our CD release in the Bay Area party very soon.

We are so pleased to share that the Bay Area’s own NPR affiliate KQED did a 3-part video series on American Nomad a few weeks ago. Checkout the video below to hear us talk about our creative process. Thanks to KQED’s Emmy-winning video producer Kristen Farr for approaching us and putting the film together! You rock.

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1/19/14 – Seattle, WA

Big thanks to Jakob, Jes and Taylor of the Blackberry Bushes Stringband for hosting us, sharing your wisdom, humor, and of course the music! What a fun show to be a part of at the Nectar Lounge with you all, as well as Left Coast Country and the Lucy Horton Band. One of the perks on this road is getting to hear phenomenal musicians, and this show did not disappoint! Hopefully we’ll share the stage in the near future. Expanding the family is one of my favorite elements of this tour!

Our stay in Seattle has been a nice long one. We’ve had a minute to sprawl out a bit, to get comfortable and get to know our new friends. It’s bought the inspiration level to a new high. Now, as we start our journey back to the Bay, I am full of motivation to hone the craft in a way I haven’t experienced in a while. I’ve got new guitar exercises, more compassion for the beginner in me, and an eagerness to push through the moments of resistance. Score!!! Speaking of scoring, what a conundrum watching the Seahawks/Niners game here, having grown up in Alaska in a Seahawks house and living in the Bay! I know, I know. It’s hard one to understand, but I really felt torn! This is one fun day off! TOUCHDOOOOOOOWN!

Onward to La Center, WA tomorrow to get ready for our Portland, La Center (WA), Salem and Cottage Grove, Oregon shows! We’re excited for all those we’ll meet, every note we sing, and all the well wishes on the way.

1/13/14- Arcata, CA

What gorgeousness we’ve got to encounter! And to think, what all is to come on this adventure? I’m eager to see, and so happy to be right here, feeling inspired to write, to learn, and keep lapping it up!

Today’s a day of work and a bit of rest, and what a beautiful space we have to do so. The sun is shining, the tunes are singing, and the air is nice and clean! I’m looking forward to our practice session after a bit of a break out side, and then for a hike down at the Arcata Marshes. An extra day here in this lovely little town? Yes please, that was a GREAT idea! I feel right at home.

If there’s a theme so far, for me it’s connection. The music has brought us to such kindness, beauty, and down to earth people. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed all the new faces! Big shout out to Terry of the Wayside Bar and Grill, Kate and Jonathan from Mt. Shasta, My dear friend CatMac in Redding, David and Jackie of the Arcata Playhouse, and Zach and Margie Zwerdling in Arcata. These folks have shared delicious meals, cozy beds for our sweet heads, great conversation, and the opportunity to connect as we miss all our little dears back home. Our homes on the road have been just that, and we’re filled with gratitude!