Nathan Stickman

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Nathan Stickman
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Stickman performing at 12th and Porter in Nashville, Tennessee, 2007
Background information
Birth nameNathan Stickman
Also known asStickman
OriginPhoenix, Arizona
GenresRock
Folk rock
Singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Guitar
Harmonica
Years active1997–present
LabelsIndependent
Associated actsStickman
Stickman Band
Websitewww.stickmanmusic.com

Nathan Stickman is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist who plays his own brand of rock music which is categorized as Adult Alternative. He performs under the mononym "Stickman".[1]

Background[edit]

Nathan Stickman is from Phoenix, Arizona and began playing the guitar in college at the University of Arizona. One day when he was in the park, a homeless man asked to play his guitar. The man then told Stickman to sing by improvising. He began writing and soon had a small collection of songs.[2] By graduation he had started playing the coffee shop and club circuit. After touring throughout the west he moved to Nashville, Tennessee to continue his music career.

Turn of Luck[edit]

Stickman's 2011 release Turn of Luck continues his self-produced recordings as a rock trio with a more straightforward sound with less processing.[3]

Futurelook[edit]

The 2014 release of Stickman's Futurelook continues his series of self-produced recordings from Nashville. This is still in the vein of "organic rock" but uses a new approach to his guitar work through melodic hooks.[4]

Transition[edit]

Transition is Stickman's 2016 release and marks a return to his folk rock sound. The album marks a new period focusing on solo acoustic performances after many years fronting a band.[5] It was recorded during a long hiatus while in California. Transition marks Stickman's ninth studio album, and is the first record to use his full name.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

In a series called "Face the Music" in the Nashville Scene, Marie Yarbrough wrote, "Lyrically poetic, Stickman sings about everyday joys and frustrations with endearing optimism."[7] Ryan Heinsius from the Arizona Daily Sun said Stickman's "diversity and heartfelt songwriting enables him to connect with his listeners while maintaining a grounded, honest sound."[8]

The Roanoke Times called his music "laid-back melodic rock."[9] The Arizona Daily Sun said his "sound combines elements of folk and country with radio-friendly rock."[10] San Diego Magazine described his music as "laid-back acoustic, melodic country rock."[11]

The Arizona Awards named Stickman among the top five songwriters and top five albums of the year in 2002.[12]

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tate, Luci (2009-07-28). "Stickman plays his own brand of rock music". The Loafer, volume 23, issue 33, page 7. Retrieved 2009-09-05.
  2. ^ "Nathan Stickman Bio". Retrieved 2009-09-19.
  3. ^ "Turn of Luck album on CDbaby". CDbaby. Retrieved 2011-07-31.
  4. ^ "Futurelook album on CDbaby". CDbaby. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  5. ^ "Nathan Stickman news". Retrieved 2017-06-16.
  6. ^ "Transition album on CDbaby". CDbaby. Retrieved 2016-12-29.
  7. ^ Yarbrough, Marie (2004-09-30). "Face the Music: Nathan Stickman". Nashville Scene. Retrieved 2009-09-05.
  8. ^ Heinsius, Ryan (2003-07-06). "Nathan Stickman:Just Passing Through". Arizona Daily Sun. Retrieved 2015-11-05.
  9. ^ Dickens, Tad (2010-05-06). "Top Tickets: Some of the weeks best live music". The Roanoke Times. Retrieved 2010-06-17.
  10. ^ Heinsius, Ryan (2003-07-06). "Nathan Stickman: Just Passing Through". Arizona Daily Sun. Retrieved 2015-11-05.
  11. ^ "Cafe 21 Live Music". San Diego Magazine. 2016-06-08. Retrieved 2017-09-16.
  12. ^ "And the nomineees are: Arizona Awards for Musical Excellence fall into 23 categories". Arizona Daily Sun. 2002-10-07. Retrieved 2015-11-05.

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