When you think of a singer-songwriter, who comes to mind?
Nathan Graham says it probably isn’t somebody who looks like he does, and he wants to change that.
Born and raised in Chicago, Graham meshes South Side Blues with Nashville Americana, beginning his career backing blues singers at famous haunts like Buddy Guy’s Legends and Kingston Mines. He spent a decade as a guitar-for-hire before picking up a mic to tell his own stories on the stage.
Soulful and steady, Graham’s music offers a raw introspective of the human condition that’s both painful and comforting. His guitar conveys heartbreak, lyrics tell stories of regret, but his rich vocal delivery offers the remedy.
Having brought his songs on international tours with both major label and indie acts, Graham is challenging the notion of what it means to be a singer-songwriter. He’s driving inclusivity within the genre, and he hopes to evoke a sense of understanding in the process.
“I’m writing about universal experiences,” he says. “I’m writing music to connect my story to yours, show you all that we have in common, and maybe help both of us feel less alone.”
Elijah Berlow is a Chicago-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist folk musician. Originating from pastoral roots in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, Berlow is a playful story-teller with a narrative style grounded in the traditions of Americana music. As a vocalist, he emanates a sincere warmth through his thoughtful phrasing; and his diligent fingerpicking guitar-style leads steadily through the pulsing catharsis of any song. Pulling influence from greats such as Townes Van Zandt, Tom Waits, Roseanne Cash
and Mississippi John Hurt, Berlow creates music that is complex, soulful and in conversation with a rich rhythmic history. He also derives inspiration from solitude in nature, perambulations in the neighborhood and the conversations that arise when cooking a meal to share. Berlow’s music can currently be found on all streaming platforms including the newly self-released EP “Put Out Fires”(2022). Berlow can be found performing with his band locally in Chicago, as well as around the Midwest and North East and has appeared in publications such as: Midwest Action, Logansquarist, American Songwriter, The Deli and The Sick Muse. Find his music where music finds you.
Like Patsy Cline on quaaludes.