American Nomad

“There's a layered, and colored light to these arrangements. Gorgeous, interesting songs, fresh instrumentation, beautiful vocal blends, and a new sound that reflects so many influences."  – Kathy Kallick, Grammy award-winning bluegrass musician

National Release Date: May 1st 2014

Country Mile - American Nomad  

Award winning Bay Area acoustic group American Nomad, the musical brain child of singer-songwriters Hassan El-Tayyab and Shiloh Parkerson, have just released their debut album Country Mile (Release date: May 1st, 2014). Drawing on influences ranging from bluegrass, folk, swing, blues, and soul, their music creates a classic sound that is brand new, while still embracing the Americana genre. Country Mile is the band’s debut full-length release, produced by Grammy award winning bluegrass and folk musician Laurie Lewis on her Spruce and Maple Music label.

Smart songwriting, heartfelt lyrics, tight rhythms, rich harmonies, and strong musicianship have earned American Nomad a reputation as a band that can intrigue listeners from a wide variety of musical tastes and backgrounds. El-Tayyab, a descendant of Nomadic Bedouins and European immigrants who grew up in the East Coast and Parkerson, a native of Alaska, both came to California on their own personal journeys and began collaborating in 2011. The group has received numerous accolades including: best vocal performance in the 2013 Berkeley Old Time Music Competition, as a finalist in the 2011 International songwriting competition, and were recognized in the 2011 Rocky Mountain Folk Festival Songwriter Competition.

El-Tayyab (guitar, lead vocals) and Parkerson (guitar, lead vocals) are joined by a host of first class musicians; Ryan Lukas (stand up bass, harmony vocals – The Brothers Comatose), Mikiya Matsuda (pedal steel, dobro), Mike Daillak (drums), Matt Crimp (violin), Tristan Clarridge (violin, cello – Crooked Still, The Bee Eaters), Patrick Sauber (banjo – Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands), Laurie Lewis (guitar), Spencer Jarret (Harmonica – Otis Rush, Big Mama Thorton) and Kathy Kallick (harmony vocals –Grammy/IBMA winner). The release was recorded at Bird and Egg Studio, engineered by Nino Moschella and mastered by Ken Lee Mastering.

Country Mile features eleven originals and two covers; “Hallelujah” written by Martha Scanlan and Ray Lamontagne’s “Big Boned Woman.”  Country Mile, the haunting title track, serves as the conceptual thread through the whole record. The phrase “country mile” symbolizes a traveler’s long, unknown journey away from home, overcoming hardships and obstacles along the way and, finally, the emancipation of the spirit as the protagonist takes off on his own path. The longing for love, overcoming heartbreak, and taking emotional risks on life's journey are also explored on Parkerson’s tune “New Heights” and El-Tayyab’s ”Legions of War.” American Nomad’s album explores the vulnerabilities exposed during the traveler’s journey and what is ultimately discovered within. These modern-day troubadours are tramping the sometimes dark and dangerous highways and byways of the human soul, and sharing their tales of the road in poetry and song.

American Nomad’s crystalline harmonies, rich storytelling, and heartfelt song-craft inspired producer Laurie Lewis to collaborate on their album: “The blend of Hassan’s and Shiloh’s voices makes my toes curl and my hair stand on end in a most delicious way. When they approached me about producing their album, I jumped at the chance to work closely with these two unique singers and their uncommonly good songs.”