Singer –songwriter Larry Nath, a veteran of the Pittsburgh music scene for more than twenty years, has just released Live It!, a powerful collection of original music that digs deep into the American musical landscape. A fusion of blues, rock, and Americana styles, Live It! is an album that delivers a unique, and yet in some ways comfortingly familiar, listening experience. Larry’s style has been compared to a variety of artists ranging from Robert Cray and Van Morrison, to The Band and early Bob Seger. Dylann Deanna of bluescritic.com calls Larry, “A hard hittin’ Bluesman with a flair for American and John Mellencamp type rock…real mainstream appeal here.”
The album is a collection of all original music with eight songs penned by Larry, and three new compositions by acclaimed songwriter Mike Sweeney (Billy Price, Bobby Wayne, Hoodoo Drugstore, etc). The songs here reflect a lifetime of musical influences, and exude a lyrical and musical honesty rarely found in today’s mass-market music. There is a “roots rock” feel to the album as the songs emote images of a time when blues, folk, soul, and rock all blended into a cohesive whole. The musicianship on the album, featuring the Bonedog All-stars: Jimmy Britton on keyboards, Mighty ‘Lil Johnson on bass, Jim Relja on guitar, and Brandon Barnes on drums, has a decisively unified feel as well – that of a band playing together for the sole purpose of bringing the songs to life – no pretenses involved. The playing is tasteful and honest, and compliments Larry’s down to earth songwriting and vocal stylings.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Larry Nath has been entertaining audiences in and around the Pittsburgh area for over twenty years. After successful stints in many Pittsburgh area bands throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s, a seminal moment came in 1989 with the formation of The Mohicans, a hard rocking blues band that showcased the collaborative talents of Larry and guitarist (and Bonedog label-mate) Jimmy Adler. For the next five to six years, the Mohicans gained notoriety and a steady following of loyal fans performing regularly at many area venues including a steady gig at Pittsburgh’s fabled nightclub, “The Decade” in the city’s Oakland section. Although the band eventually dissolved in the mid-nineties and both Nath and Adler have established themselves as successful solo artists, their partnership continues to this day as the two perform occasionally as an acoustic/electric duo. It is therefore no surprise that Adler lends his guitar talents to three songs on Live It!
Larry Nath’s style has evolved into a blend of blues, soul, folk, and roots-based rock and roll, and he has proven himself to be a dynamic and versatile live performer. In the classic troubadour manner, he often plays solo acoustic shows accompanying himself on guitar and harmonica. Most recently, Larry has garnered attention and accolades as a songwriter. His compositions are straightforward and honest, reflecting his philosophy that, “if you want to write good songs, simply tell the truth.” Larry Nath’s Live It! is a testament to that philosophy with songs that speak to the triumphs and failures, heartaches and joys, and the twists and turns of fate that make up the odyssey of our lives.
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