Growing up Nathan Stickman was dissuaded from pursuing an artist's life; so he went to college to become a teacher. While in college he picked up a guitar and began writing songs. By graduation he'd given up on teaching and started his music career on the coffee shop circuit. After touring the West, Stickman left his fan base and moved to Nashville last year. His third album, Just Passing Through, is a collection of radio-friendly mellow country-rock songs. Lyrically poetic, Stickman's sings about everyday joys and frustrations with endearing optimism. Stickman's band includes Ross Krutsinger, bass; Scotty Brownwood, Lead guitar; Scott King, drums. See Stickman play tonight at Wall Street in Murfreesboro and Saturday at The Flying Saucer. For more info, check out the web site: www.stickmanmusic.com. Here he talks about live shows, the presidential debate, & the America song he never gets tired of hearing.
1. Describe your music style in 5 words or less. Americana Roots Rock.
2. What's the Stickman experience? At a Stickman show you can expect the delivery of my songs of everyday life, love lost and gained, and traveling in search of one's self. The audience can expect the emotion of the songs being poured out through the offering of a full band capturing the mood of my songs, along with the in-between song bantering, relating and talking with the crowd. The crowd will not be bored and will be left captivated and pondering their own life's destinations.
3. What local musician has influenced you most? Wow, I want to say Tift Merritt, I saw her last Sunday, she's not local, but she's kind of local, being on Lost Highway. Yeah, Tift Merritt. And I want to say there are very few artists today that can present the whole package, meaning the songs, the voice, the emotion, and the, uh, the stage presence, and sucking the crowd in to their world, and she is by far the best I've seen.
4. What's the first (or one of the first) songs you ever heard that made you want to play music? Dear, good golly, this is a real interview isn't it? Maybe Neil Young's "Heart of Gold," which was actually recorded in Nashville.
5. Did you watch the presidential candidate debate last night? No, I had a show at the Radio Café, and I don't even own a TV.
6. If you could be anyone for 24 hours who would you be? Nobody, I'm working on being comfortable with myself, which is a full time job, but it's contradictory, because most of the time I don't want to be myself!
7. What's the best & worst gig you've ever had? Let's start with the worst: last night in Birmingham, we played to the bar owner and his married girlfriend. The best would be, uh, in Arizona, where I was so overcome with the emotion of the crowd that I began running through the jam-packed audience with my guitar, like a bullfighter with his sword.
8. What's the best cheesy song? America's "Horse with No Name."