As the great Johnny Cash once sang, "I've been everywhere man!" Nate Green, a Kentucky born nomad, is not only singing a similar tune but also living it. At 25 years of age, the gypsy-cowboy has roamed from city to city and country to country searching for inspiration and studying music all over the world; calling home wherever his guitar is, Green has spent years crafting a signature style to leave a lasting mark on Country music.
Merging slick country lyrics with sharp sounding elements of pop, all while adding an edgy twang reminiscent of the Bakersfield sound, sets Green apart from, well...everyone. However, the road to his artistry, like many musical troubadours before him, hasn't been an easy one.
"I've always had a different ear for music, but never really understood what I could do with it until I learned to write. Once I began writing, a friend told me that if I wanted to make it, I'd better learn to play. So, I bought my first guitar for $100 dollars and taught myself to play... and that was just the beginning,” recalls the singer-songwriter.
Green was born and raised in Bardstown, Ky., home of his favorite bourbon, Jim Beam, where his family owned and operated a funeral business. His childhood home was actually located above the funeral home, which had been a family business for the Green’s for several generations, and Nate believes that he would have eventually taken over the family business had he not found a calling in music.
After honing his songwriting skills and doing some life-changing soul searching, Green packed up his things a week before final exams of his freshman year at college and made the pilgrimage to Music City, diving head first into the waters of the Country music industry.
Green began performing at local bars in Nashville where he made numerous industry connections. Although he was making waves in the industry, his writing style was dramatically different than his peers and he felt that producers were pulling him in various directions trying to redirect his style and sound. That’s when he realized that his career would only be successful if he stayed true to himself.
"There comes a time, especially in writing, when you have to separate yourself from everything you're being told is cool to really figure out your own style. There was just something missing in the sound I wanted to introduce as my own. I grew up on traditional country, but I think my generation has an inner pulse and energy that pushes my writing to the next level, and I wanted to accurately and honestly translate that to my listeners in my own way."
Seeing the Bakersfield movement as a trailblazer in creatively challenging the status quo to be inventively different, he took that state of mind and made another bold move to broaden his musical horizons.
"I learned very quickly that if you want something bad enough, you have to completely devote yourself to it," says Green.
In 2011, Green set out on the journey of a lifetime – searching the world over to learn how music differs in various cultures, what instruments are prominent in various regions and why and, most importantly, how Nate Green was going to influence the future of Country music.
Green moved to Miami and began playing and writing in the South Florida music scene while bartending finance his music endeavors. He then took off on foot, studying music all over the world in foreign countries including Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain and Mexico. He began working with new producers and writers abroad who understood his vision. In fact, his debut single, “Wild and Free,” was produced in Spain.
He temporarily settled into the New York music scene, learning new instruments and recording handfuls of demos which helped him land a few opening gigs for some of music’s biggest names. He’s shared stages with acts such as Little Big Town on their A Place to Land Tour, Dierks Bentley, Zac Brown Band and Latin sensation Gloria Trevi at the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City – and he hadn’t even released a single to radio yet.
"It took me a while to finally get it," the BMI songwriter states about his unique sound, "but once I got it, I think I got it right. I'm more than excited for the real beginning! You go all over the thought spectrum deciding what you want to write about and you hear so many instruments all over the world, then you try to imagine how you can bring them together. It took all of these places, experiences and sounds to mold who I am as a person and what type of presentation I want to give my music."
From this musical sabbatical came the most important piece of art Green has created thus far – a debut EP. Set to drop this fall, his EP is sure to send shock waves through Country radio, and with legions of dedicated fans (or, “wild things” as they like to be called) Nate’s music will not be easily overlooked.
He followed his heart, put in the work and never gave in to those who encouraged him to conform. With a project that took six years and a trip around the world to develop, you can be sure that Nate Green is taking steps to not only “make it” as an artist, but to become a Country legend.