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Never one to take after tradition and constantly one to have an independent mind, Nathan James has made a melodic character with his custom made instruments and self educated abilities. Equipped with his high quality washboard guitar and stepping out time on a container made of old fence loads up, while singing and blowing harmonica, you are certain to be dazzled. Nathan James is a very much regarded and experienced craftsman in his field. For more than 20 years now he has effectively made his living visiting and recording, exclusively having some expertise in his energy for blues and American roots music.

Drawing from a profound well of impacts from numerous early roots specialists and styles, James was immediately pulled in to the distinction of independent music and creative articulation from an early age. Experiencing childhood in the little rural town of Fallbrook California has been compelling in picking his life way since he could identify with music starting from a provincial situation. “There wasn’t a great deal to do here, so you either got in a bad position or discovered something beneficial to do with what you had around you!” Having strong guardians that didn’t constrain him into school after secondary school enabled Nathan to go straight into this present reality of a ‘working performer’. At age 19 Nathan got the call from universally known blues veteran James Harman to join his band and visit the nation. With Harman is the place he picked up the experience that has molded his very own large portion profession.

In 2007 Nathan entered the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN with Ben Hernandez and assumed first position. Amid his profession Nathan has worked with other numerous notable specialists including: Kim Wilson, Pinetop Perkins, Billy Boy Arnold, Lazy Lester, Johnny Dyer, Rick Holmstrom, Janiva Magness, Mark Hummel and Gary Primich. Nathan has conveyed his music to shows and celebrations in Spain, Italy, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Faroe Islands, Taiwan, Canada and Mexico, and additionally everywhere throughout the United States.

Nathan’s three piece band the Rhythm Scratchers has produced a total sound that consolidates components of 1920’s acoustic blues, opened up juke joint slope nation, and 1950’s uptown blues blended with 1960’s deep R&B! Impacts go from Tampa Red, to B.B. Lord, to James Brown and the Famous Flames. This isn’t your normal blues control trio that inclines towards the much mishandled “blues shake” recipe. Rather every part in the band knows every one of the subtleties of the distinctive feels and tones. Knowing how to stand out enough to be noticed, Nathan will frequently go out solo from the bandstand and burst into an excited jazz breakdown that can prompt a washboard solo on his specially LED lit ‘Washtar Gitboard’! Another extraordinary part of a live show is band mate Troy Sandow. He may begin off the set on upright bass while Nathan will play an uptown lead guitar style in the vein of B.B. or on the other hand T-bone Walker. At that point he will change over to opened up harmonica and Nathan will fingerpick a driving furrow on his baritone guitar in the style of R.L. Burnside or Lightnin’ Hopkins. In spite of the fact that Nathan’s band pays respect to these customs and has a similar nature of musicianship, there is a unique and crisp new vitality originating from artists of a substantially more youthful age.

Band individuals comprise of:

Marty Dodson (drums, vocals) was brought up in a Southern Baptist church, tuning in to his granddad’s sermons and his mom’s piano playing. “I cherished the music at chapel and when we returned home, would implore her to play the boogie woogie.” Records at home comprised of gospel, nation, country and early shake n-move (Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis, obviously.) “My family got me a drum set when I was ten and I haven’t quit playing.” During his vocation, as quite a while individual from Mark Hummel’s Blues Survivors, he has visited with basically every notable blues symphonious player on the planet including: James Cotton, Lazy Lester, Snooky Pryor, Kim Wilson, Lee Oskar, James Harman, Charlie Musslewhite, John Mayall, Rod Piazza, and even Huey Lewis! Marty has examined every one of the subtleties of blues and soul drummers including: Fred Below, S.P. Leary, Francis Clay, and Al Jackson. He has been a veteran visiting artist for the greater part of his grown-up life.

Troy Sandow (upright and Fender bass, harmonica, vocals) began playing music after he heard the Muddy Waters “Can’t Get No Grindin” LP. harmonica impacts are George “Harmonica” Smith, Big Walter Horton, James Cotton, Slim Harpo, Lazy Lester, Whispering Smith and Sylvester Buckley, and James Harman. He later took up the bass and spent numerous hours tuning in to Stax, Motown and Muscle Shoals musicality segments, alongside blues upright bassists Big Crawford, Ransom Knowling, and Willie Dixon. Troy joined the James Harman band in 2009, and furthermore works with numerous other surely understand groups including a customary nation band he helped to establish called “Hi Trouble”.



Barcelona Blues Festival, Barcelona, Spain

Waterfront Blues Festival, Portland OR

Blues Alive Festival, Cuijk, NL

Southern Blues Night Festival, Heerlen, NL

Gator by the Bay Festival, San Diego, CA


Winthrop Rhythm and Blues Festival, Winthrop WA

Ruler Biscuit Blues Festival, Helena Arkansas

Copenhagen Blues Festival, CPH, Denmark

Doheney Blues Festival, Dana Point, CA

Gator by the Bay Festival, San Diego, CA


Winthrop Rhythm and Blues Festival, Winthrop WA

G! Celebration, Faroe Islands, Europe

Mönsteras Blues Festival, Mönsteras Sweden

Eutin Blues Festival, Eutin Germany

Kwadendamme Bluesfestival, Holland


Edmonton LaBatt’s Fest, Edmonton Canada

Rouge River Valley Festival, Ashland OR


Intl. Blues Challenge victor for Duo/solo

Memphis TN

Doheny Blues Festival, Dana Point CA

Rootsway and Novellara Festivals, Italy

Novellara Blues Fest, Italy

Delta Blues Fest, Italy

Waterfront Blues Festival, Portland OR

Amazing Rhythm and Blues Cruise, San Diego to Mexico

Blues Bash 4, Taipei, Taiwan


Arkansas Blues And Heritage Fest, Helena AK

Doheny Blues Festival, Dana Point CA

2005 Doheny Blues Festival, Dana Point CA

2003 San Francisco Blues Festival, SF CA

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