From: WI, United States
Genre: Folk, Indie, Singer-songwriter
Nathan Mathes has been writing and performing music under the radar in Wisconsin for nearly fifteen years. In 2010, after spending most of his career fronting indie-rock bands, Mathes released his first solo album, American Whitecaps. His music can best be described as indie folk-rock, featuring songs that are driven by acoustic guitar and subdued, heartfelt vocals. With the release of American Whitecaps people have finally begun to take notice of his work:
"In the world of blogging, artists like Nathan Mathes only cross your path every now and then…You won’t hear many better debut albums this year!" - BatteryInYourLeg.com (2010)
"This is the kind of album that makes us glad we continue to write about music because if we didn't...it would be very unlikely that we would be turned onto obscure gems like this." - Babysue.com (2010)
“Nathan Mathes has it going.” - Fingtertips.com (2010)
Hoping to build on this momentum from 2010, Mathes has assembled his most accessible collection of songs to date for his second album, Roselawn. Mathes has drawn very clear inspiration for Roselawn from his wife Jane and a newly-realized contentment with his life. As with American Whitecaps, Mathes recorded Roselawn at home in his basement studio. Mathes is joined by Jane who sings and plays percussion on several tracks. Roselawn was mixed by Justin Perkins and Mathes at The Mystery Room, Milwaukee, with Perkins also handling the mastering duties.
Mathes’ music has recently been featured on Public Television’s Roadtrip Nation and on the MTV reality shows Chelsea Settles and Friendzone. Mathes also has a song featured in the soon to be released independent movie, Naked As We Came.