American Nomad

American Nomad: Temple Sunrise EP

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Artist: American Nomad

Artist: American Nomad
Title: Temple Sunrise EP

American Nomad is a new acoustic group in the widely eclectic Bay Area music scene. Rooted in Americana and folk/swing traditions, their carefully crafted original music maintains a modern relevance. Smart songwriting, catchy lyrics, tight rhythms, rich harmonies, and strong musicianship have already begun to earn American Nomad a reputation as a band that intrigues listeners from a wide variety of musical tastes and backgrounds. Keeping in line with the ancient troubadour tradition, American Nomad draws from the spirit of travel and authentic life experience. The group's originator, Hassan El-Tayyab, is a descendant of traditional Arabic Bedouins and European immigrants, making him pretty American, we'd say. He developed an interest early on in writing music and performing at local coffee houses and bars around the South Shore of Massachusetts. He later moved to Boston where he quickly immersed himself in the music scene of Cambridge, with it's richly talented artists and dynamic roots. He continued to write and perform original music, simultaneously supporting various Boston singer/songwriters and bands on stage with his guitar and mandolin. Things were rolling along until 2009, which ended up being a pretty tough year for various reasons. Hassan felt it would be a good idea to get out of town for a while and process it all. He jumped in his Chevy Malibu and spent the next few months driving around America. In traveling around the country, Hassan found many interesting people and places, but things took an unexpected twist when he randomly stumbled upon a peculiar metal shop in Berkeley, California, called the Shipyard. There he met a bunch of metal artists working on a gigantic fire-breathing art project called the Fishbug. Two weeks later, he found himself at Burning Man helping out with fire safety for the art piece. Out on the playa, Hassan made some profound realizations about his life and decided maybe it was time to try something new. Once the festival was over, he moved back to Berkeley to give "something new" a try. Over the course of the next year in the San Francisco Bay Area, Hassan got a job as a metal artist and put together a group of top-notch musicians, forming the band American Nomad. They include (in no particular order) Mike Daillak on drums, Justin Purtill on electric guitar, Will Rzad on stand up bass, Mary Redente on harmony vocals, Ben Andrews on the fiddle, and Hassan El-Tayyab on guitar and lead vocals. In May 2010, the six of them began to record a handful of Hassan's originals to create American Nomad's first release, Temple Sunrise EP.

1.1 Ramona
1.2 Worst Best Man
1.3 Single Mother's Day
1.4 Hole in My Heart
1.5 Temple Sunrise

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