Nate Leavitt is reclaiming what is rightfully his. For the past two years, Leavitt and his passion for music drifted apart from each other, the fuze felt broken and his self-assured ethos vanished further beyond reach. Feeling fulfillment from playing music and holding the confidence to present it to the world had gotten lost somewhere in the wake of his last musical endeavor in 2016. What started as a crack in his concrete musical foundation began splitting beyond control. With his confidence crumbling like the ground beneath him, Leavitt realized that music was still his solid ground. Even if the path was a little bit broken, he had the tools to repair it.
Leavitt began paving his way within the music industry by playing various clubs in the Boston scene at age 16. Over the past 25 years, Leavitt joined several bands, sometimes multiple bands at once, before emerging from the side of the stage. Playing lead guitar in groups such as Delta Clutch, The Blizzard of 78, OldJack, and Parlour Bells taught him a sense of honesty that could only come with continuously being challenged by his fellow musicians. With his album You, Me and the Silence in 2014, Nate Leavitt announced himself as a gifted artist in his own right. Already a respected guitarist on the Boston scene, the record showcased his rugged vocals and carefully crafted songwriting, gaining him a 2014 Boston Music Award nomination in the process. The next step was the 2016 EP, Someone Send a Signal, which he recorded with his band, The Elevation. Positioning himself as the leader of his own gang, Leavitt made confident strides as a frontman with an unwavering support system. This gained him another Boston Music Award nomination that year.
Diving back into the musical pool after two years of simply treading water just to stay afloat, Leavitt held his breath and jumped in with the new album, I Miss Me Too. Recorded at Dan Nicklin’s Boston studio, Henley Row, and without any rehearsing or practicing, Leavitt wanted to capture the purest bond between himself, his bandmates, and the process. Reconnecting with regular bandmates Magen Tracy (piano and backing vocals), Dan Nicklin (harmonica, omnichord, guitar and backing vocals) Brendan Boogie (bass) and Paul Myers (drums), was the familial downpour Leavitt needed to put out the smoke signal that he was waving during his period of creative defeat. The trustworthy combination of Dan and The Elevation enabled him to let go completely. The songs on I Miss Me Too build on the ghost folk of Someone Send a Signal – as if the spirits of Neil Young and Jason Isbell met up late one night for a secret recording session down in Muscle Shoals. Blending elements of roots, americana and rock, it is the convergence of Leavitt’s musical journey to date.
Suitably titled, I Miss Me Too fastens itself like the thread stitching Leavitt’s inspiration back together, the gap slowly closing as each song evolves. Working with his bandmates on this record, they all lended a helping hand in the restorative process. Each member of The Elevation raised Leavitt up over the obstacles blocking his view so he could envision a new place of refuge.
At the heart of the music is Leavitt’s introspective songwriting and his continuing search to define life’s contradictions, as well as the resoluteness of the human spirit. “I can be afraid of what comes out when I start writing,” he says “I go deep inside myself to find something to share and it’s a very personal process for me.” The genesis is a simple chord progression or mumbled melody, a bare skeleton to be flesh out and nurtured, either alone or with the help of his band. If you stripped back the layers of sound, you would discover a classic singer- songwriter on an endless search for himself.