"There are some musicians out there that need the grandiose stage show that inflates them to Spinal Tap proportions. They make themselves some kind of "golden gods" up on stage & act as if the audience is just some spectator in a specacle upon Mount Olympus. Then there are musicians like singer/songwriter Nathan Meckel, who make it a point to interact with their audience, and demystify rock'n'roll in the process."
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT
If every villain needs a hero, then the sinister souls that claim Rock-N-Roll is dead should beware. There's a new sheriff in town and his name is Nathan Meckel. Armed with a simple six string Telecaster and a suitcase full of songs, he's paving his own highway with a voice that's driven to be heard.
A Kansas native, Nathan moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1998. Since 1999 he has been signed to a publishing deal with Street Singer Music. That relationship has helped not only with Nathan's own artistry, but has also placed several of his songs on other artist's albums. Through this and the years of a childhood spent sleeping in his father's recording studio, Nathan has also been gaining demand as a producer. All combined, he has produced and played on five different albums in the last two years.
Nathan describes his music as, "a fine plate of barbecue." Then quickly adds, "I bear down on the meat and go easy on the potato salad." Meat lover or not, the March (2002) release of his first record, 'The Mercury Lounge' (MDM Records), is as fresh as it is comfortable. At the center of the album is Nathan's songwriting. A unique style loaded with Dylan-esque imagery, delivered with equal parts full throttle power and late night intimacy.
The record also features a few special guests. Long time friend Mark Selby (Vanguard Records), cameo's with some sultry slide work on the opening track, "Crash Land", as well as the rhythm section from Hot Action Cop (Lava/Atlantic).
In 2002, Nathan received two Starvy nominations (award that recognizes artists in Nashville, TN). He was nominated in the Male Music category and in the People's Choice category for his song, "Crash Land." The semi-quirky rocker, "All the Little Saints", which makes references to schnapps, Swisher Sweets, and dirty magazines, found it's way onto rock radio in the United States, as "killin' Time" and "Crash Land" did in Europe. Combine all this with solid press reviews from regional and national publications from the likes of American Songwriter and Borders, and it's easy to see why Nathan Meckel is a man on the rise with no fear of heights.
Guided by a fierce stage presence and truly unique songs, Nathan's grass roots approach earns fans and supporters with every show, rather than claiming them. In the past year he has toured in Europe and Canada, as well as a healthy dose of live dates and radio interviews at home in the U.S. Looking forward to 2003, a follow up album is under way, while continued touring in the U.S. and Europe will resume in February. Although the global support of what he calls "Quality Controlled Rock-N-Roll" has Nathan's plate rapidly filling up, he's fast to remind everyone, "...there's always room for potato salad."
What the Press has said:
THE RAGE - 8/22/02
"Nathan Meckel. Kansas native and mainstream roots rocker who, at the Buzz's recent battle of the bands, sounded just this side of ready for radio in a blue-collar rocker Counting Crows-meets-Mellencamp sort of way."
AMERICAN SONGWRITER - 12/02
"...A rock-solid debut sure to put him on the alternative rock roadmap." The new sound is solidified on "Killin' Time", a slow burner that finds Meckel waxing intoxicated over the allures of a wasted life. "Dust Bowl Sun" is another great track swimming in extended metaphors of bleached-bone love burnout and Lanoisish swampalia."
HEATHER JOHNSON - 4/02
"Drawing on Bob Dylan for inspiration, Meckel combines gritty vocals with guitar-based melodies that could be at home in any smoky beer bar in Middle America."
THE TENNESSEAN - 4/02
"There are some strong songs on his spankin' new CD, The Mercury Lounge, and some soul-pleasing guitar-centric gooves as well. Check him out for yourself..."
DIGITAL CITY - 4/02
"As American as apple pie and Rock-N-Roll."
For more information please visit http://nathanmeckel.com
Check out the artist's website:
1. Crash Land
2. Killin' Time
3. All the Little Saints
4. Dust Bowl Sun
5. Oil & Water
6. Tears in the Sand
7. Flat Spin Free Fall
8. Super Hero
9. Oil & Water (reprise)
10. Callin' Anyone
11. Blackbird Smile