Nathan Bell re­leas­ing two CDs Fri­day

Chattanooga Times Free Press - ChattanoogaNow - - MUSIC - BY BARRY COURTER STAFF WRITER Con­tact Barry Courter at bcourter@times­free or 423-757-6354.

Lo­cal singer-song­writer Nathan Bell will re­lease two new CDs at once on Fri­day, Sept. 28, at Bark­ing Legs The­ater. One is a live record­ing from Wales, and the other is the fourth in his Fam­ily Man series of stu­dio al­bums.

“No sane per­son re­leases two al­bums at once, but these are a very good rep­re­sen­ta­tion of what I do,” says Bell.

“There are ac­tu­ally very few peo­ple do­ing solo shows any­more. I’ve had lots of re­quests for a live al­bum and I wanted some­thing rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the live show, but I didn’t want to give up the fourth al­bum in the Fam­ily Man series.”

The Sig­nal Moun­tain res­i­dent has been singing, writ­ing and play­ing gui­tar since he was 12. In the ’80s, he per­formed with Su­san Shore, and the two made names for t hem­selves play­ing Amer­i­cana mu­sic be­fore it had a name.

In the early ’90s, he lit­er­ally put the gui­tar in a closet and gave up mu­sic to be­come a busi­ness ex­ec­u­tive, hus­band and fa­ther. At the en­cour­age­ment of his wife, Les­lie, he picked up the gui­tar again in 2007, and a year or two later started writ­ing again.

On Fri­day, he will re­lease “Er gwaetha pab a phopeth ( In Spite of Ev­ery­one & Ev­ery­thing, Live from Wales” and “Loves Bones and Stars, Love’s Bones and Stars.”

An­other lo­cal artist, Randy Steele, will open the show.

Bell writes with a poet’s eye to­ward clar­ity and brevity. He writes about the com­mon man, ev­ery­day life, love and the hu­man race in gen­eral with keen ob­ser­va­tions on how things are and the way they should be.

The new live al­bum was recorded dur­ing one of his re­cent tours over­seas. Re­viewer Paul Kerr wrote of one of Bell’s early shows, “It was a rau­cous crowd that faced Bell when he bounced onto the stage, but within min­utes he had them trans­fixed with barely a mur­mur to be heard, his con­fi­dent de­liv­ery and wry hu­mour de­mand­ing at­ten­tion. Gruff and ten­der with a poet’s voice and a sin­cere sense of jus­tice, Bell is the real deal and we await his re­turn with fin­gers crossed.”


Nathan Bell will per­form Fri­day night at Bark­ing Legs The­ater along with Randy Steele.

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