featuring Scott Amendola (drums), Dewayne Pate (bass), John R. Burr (keys)
James Nash is no stranger to musical diversity. As at home with Charlie Parker and Bill Monroe as he is with Django Reinhardt and Jimi Hendrix, the accomplished guitarist embraces the potential challenges of playing multiple genres with both joy and aplomb. Nash's broad vocabulary, both as scholar and stylist, has led to a genre-bending approach that has served him well for a decade as a lead guitarist, singer, and songwriter for the eclectic and virtuosic Americana ensemble, The Waybacks. Similarly, they make him a fitting helmsman for both the electric rock 'n soul grooves of The Nomads and the daredevil acoustic escapades of The NashVillains.
James' musical breadth is readily matched by his astonishing facility as a player and dynamism as a performer, leading reviewers to to describe him as "graceful but fiery, elegant and colorful, rampantly eclectic" (Guitar Player), and praise his "near ideal balance of irreverence, chops, discipline, and originality" (Chicago Tribune). His spirited improvisational flights, whether on his Santa Cruz acoustic or electric Fender Stratocaster, are dazzling to behold, a deft combination of innate musicality and jaw-dropping technique.
With The Nomads, James brings a revolving cast of the Bay Area's best musicians to Sweetwater for what promises to be a series of high wire musical adventures.