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Highway 99 Blues Club
1414 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101
highwayninetynine.com | (206) 382-2171
Never one to follow convention, and always one to think for himself, Nathan James has created a musical identity with his homemade instruments and self taught skills. For 15 years now, he has successfully made his living touring and recording, solely specializing on his passion of blues, and American roots music. Starting his career of full time gigging musician at age 18, Nathan is no stranger to live performance.
Nathan’s three piece band is forging a cumulative sound that combines elements of 1920′s acoustic blues, amplified juke joint hill country, and 1950′s uptown blues mixed with 1960′s soulful R&B. Influences range from Tampa Red, to B.B. King, to James Brown and the Famous Flames. This is not your average blues power trio that leans towards the much abused “blues rock” formula. Instead each member in the band knows all the nuances of the different feels and tones.
Knowing how to get people’s attention, Nathan will often go out solo from the bandstand and burst into a frenzied ragtime breakdown that can lead to a washboard solo on his custom LED lit ‘Washtar Gitboard.” Another unique aspect of a live show is band mate Troy Sandow. He may start off the set on upright bass while Nathan will play an uptown lead guitar style in the vein of B.B. or T-bone Walker. Then he will switch over to amplified harmonica and Nathan will fingerpick a driving groove on his baritone guitar in the style of R.L. Burnside or Lightnin’ Hopkins. Although Nathan’s band pays homage to these traditions and has the same quality of musicianship, there is an original and fresh new energy coming from musicians of a much younger generation.
Marty Dodson (drums, vocals) was raised in a Southern Baptist church, where he learned gospel, country, bluegrass and early rock-n-roll. He was a longtime member of Mark Hummel’s Blues Survivors.
Troy Sandow (upright and Fender bass, harmonica, vocals) joined the James Harman band in 2009, and also works with many other well know bands including a traditional country band he co-founded called Hello Trouble.