11 Questions to a Nashville Musician: Nathan Kalish

Nathan Kalish (Photo by Ryan Hartley)Photo by Ryan Hartley

Have you heard the news? Music City remains fertile for Americana talent that put out great songs that are well-written, well-sung and well-played. The latest you need to discover is the talented Nathan Kalish whose new music I first heard on WMOT-FMs “Finally Friday from Home.” You can watch that recent performance right here.

Nathan recently released a new LP “Great Big Motel Bed” via JTM Music and celebrated with some local performances. This man is racking up more positive press about his new record than I’ve seen in some time which should tell you something. What else is interesting is the wide range of artists he gets compared to which speaks to the broad spectrum of his appeal. I’d chalk that up to his solid songwriting.

While Nathan is out on the road with his local calendar currently barren, I’m sure that he will return to the Music City stages soon. Thanks, Nathan, for visiting 11 Questions!

Where are you from originally, when did you move to Nashville and why?

I’m from Milwaukee, WI and moved here back in 2010 to play drums for the Deadstring Brothers.

What are the first and the last records you bought, and where did you buy them? Were they CD, vinyl or digital? 

The first was Weezer (the “Blue Album”) and the latest was Daniel Romano’s Outfit latest CD, Cobra Poems.

First and last live concerts that you’ve seen?

My first concert was some shitty punk band in a basement or garage somewhere. I last paid money to see the Daniel Romano Outfit at The Blue Room.

Whose star should be added to the Music City Walk of Fame?

John Prine.

Where do you go in Nashville for coffee and pizza? 

I like the coffee at Turnip Truck and the pizza at Two Boots in Midtown.

What’s your favorite record to ever come out of Nashville?

Todd Snider’s East Nashville Skyline.

Where’s the best place to eat late night after a show?

Dino’s Bar & Grill.

The Bluebird calls and asks you to host an “In the Round.” Pick three local songwriters to join you.

Sophie Gault from The Broken Things, Zack Smith from Smooth Hound Smith and Veronica Stanton.

What are your favorite music venues to play in town? 

The 5 Spot, Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge, Acme Feed and Seed, and The Basement.

Name a musician who you’d like to see move here. 

Seats taken.

Finally, what’s in your musical future?

I’m going to redefine the entire music industry with my cunning, wisdom, and empathy. Standby for details


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