Staging the "Steel Trio" for the first time, Nate is joined by Charlie Greenhalgh on upright bass and Joe Esham on the ensemble's namesake, pedal steel guitar - both of which are fellow members of his rock/country/blues band Eastern Electric. "Steel Trio - Alive at the Avalon" features a handpicked-handful of tracks from a performance at the Avalon Theater in Easton, MD right before the new year on December 29th, 2019.
The Avalon Theater has an amazing natural resonance and the room mix ended up being the master template for the recording, backed by a multi-tracked board feed. For this reason it feels very much like being in the room for the performance, complete with a few beer bottles and intimate crowd reactions.
1. The night of this performance, Nate was solidly under the weather from a holiday bug, which of course made hitting his notes a much more challenging and at times painful feet. Although the vocal performance ended up solid, he spent extended amounts of time in between songs, telling stories and jokes... no doubt exacerbated by his choice of self-medicating with a certain Kentucky-made beverage. As Nate would tell you, he has never been able to properly deliver a joke on stage... ever. Ever ever. On this night... the crowd laughed. Truly a first. The stage banter, however does not appear on this release because... well, you just had to be there.
2. Nate and the guys were there supporting the Brooklyn-based pillars of modern Americana, Yarn. Nate and the Yarn crew first crossed musical paths over a decade ago in Manhattan's Greenwich Village at bar they both used to play regularly. This show at the Avalon was the 4th time they'd been on a bill together. If you don' t know who they are... check them out immediately at www.YarnMusic.net
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released March 24, 2020
Nate Clendenen - Guitar, Vocals
Joe Esham - Pedal Steel Guitar, Vocals
Charlie Greenhalgh - Upright Bass
Live sound by Ryan Finch for the Avalon Theater, Easton, MD, USA
Recorded and Mixed by Charles Kavoossi for www.kavoossimusic.com
Mastered by Randy LeRoy for Tonal Park Studios, Tacoma Park, MD. USA
All songs by Nathan W. Clendenen (ASCAP) except "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber, and Mike Stoller.
Photography and Design by Nate Clendenen
(c) 2020 Poor Man's Muse