Nathan Stickman

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Nathan Stickman
Stickman performing at 12th and Porter in Nashville, Tennessee, 2007
Background information
Birth nameNathan Stickman
Also known asStickman
OriginPhoenix, Arizona
Folk rock
Years active1997–present
Associated actsStickman
Stickman Band

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]


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]


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 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]



  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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