My recent trip to Nashville was a huge success.  It’s a city full of opportunity and promise which left me feeling inspired.

On Thursday, the organizer’s of The Outlaw Roadshow (Ryan Spaulding, Adam Duritz of Counting Crows and more) had a BBQ at the lush and historic, Riverwood Mansion for the 31 bands scheduled to perform.  nate and dan at riverwoodOutlaw friends and family gathered to celebrate the upcoming 2 day festival at the Mercy Lounge and High Watt. The Roadshow really is a family affair…a very, very talented family affair. It’s always great to see this rich group of musicians bring their best amongst their peers.

 

 

 
There was a video crew on hand as well to capture some acoustic performances which Dan Nicklin and I took a part in.  IMG_2882

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Here’s K Phillips performing inside the mansion.

My first of three sets started on Friday night at the High Watt with Parlour Bells.
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On Saturday, I played a set with my solo band.11705537_10205526021003183_4533844927906485580_o

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Followed by another set later that night with OldJack.
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The schedule was loaded with amazing bands. Here’s what Saturday looked like.
high watt schedule july 18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
To close out two nights of music, Sonic Cow Grunt a.k.a Counting Crows performed an acoustic set until almost 3 AM.
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Excited to pass along that I’ll be re-joining the Outlaw Roadshow family in Nashville on July 17-18.  My solo band is performing at The High Watt on Saturday July 18, at 6:30pm.  In addition to my solo set I’ll also be playing with Parlour Bells and OldJack.  See the full schedule on the Live Page.

The official announcement from Ryan’s Smashing Life.

Outlaw Nashville Art

Poster Art by Frank Germano of Man on Fire Design.

In May Magen Tracy released her EP, Fiercely. I was honored to be asked to Produce her album and couldn’t be happier with the result. Jed Gottlieb of the Boston Herald wrote about our collaboration by saying, “His smart, hushed aesthetic pairs perfectly with her quiet, spacious ballads.”

Jed Gottlieb of the Boston Herald has been covering every night of the Rumble. Here’s what he had to say about our performance.

“Night five turned up the noise. Nate Leavitt Band turned down. He played his set: heart-slicing, soul-smashing, just damn, damn sad and bright diamonds of songs. When called for, he stepped on the pedal and soloed — oh, lordy, did he solo. But in the face of a Friday night, he strummed that acoustic slow and harmonized with Magen Tracy and Dan Nicklin. Speaking of Tracy and Nicklin, bonus points for her keys and his everything else. More bonus: They can sing, but Nate’s broken voice rose above them both.”

Read the full recap here.