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Nathan James (USA) & The Jumping Cats (RUS)

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Kim Wilson: “Üks väheseid mehi maailmas, kes mängib traditsioonilist muusikat õigesti”.
Nathan James on muusik, kes ei järgi kunagi reegleid, vaid mõtleb oma peaga. Talle on iseloomulikud käsitsi valmistatud instrumendid ja iseõpitud oskused. Tema isetehtud pillid ning ka nendega kaasnevad helid on unikaalsed. Näiteks mängib ta vanal käsitsi valmistatud pesulaual või kasutab pillina hoopis aialaudadest valmistatud kasti. Olles juba 20 aastat esinenud on Nathan oma valdkonnas väga respekteeritud ja kogenud artist. Ta on järginud oma kirge bluusi ja Ameerika pärimusmuusika vastu.
James’i köitsid ise tehtud pillid, muusika ja kunstiline väljendus juba varases eas. Ta kasvas üles väikeses Fallbrooki linnas. See on olnud tema karjääri oluline kujundaja, sest oskab suhestuda maapiirkondadest pärineva muusikaga. Tegevusetus ja kodukoha väiksus pani Nathani mõtlema kastist välja ning olema loominguline. Toetavad vanemad ei sundinud teda ülikooli minema, seega oli Nathanil võimalus asuda tööle muusikuna. 19 – aastaselt sai ta kõne rahvusvaheliselt tuntud bluusiveteranilt James Harman’ilt, kes kutsus teda oma bändiga turneedele. See kogemus on olnud tema muusika üks olulisemaid mõjutajaid.
2007. aastal osales Nathan Memphises toimuval rahvusvahelisel bluusikonkursil koos Ben Hernandezega. Nad saavutasid esimese koha. Nathan on koostööd teinud ka paljude tuntud artistidega nagu: Kim Wilson, Pinetop Perkins, Billy Boy Arnold, Lazy Lester, Johnny Dyer, Rick Holmstrom, Janiva Magness, Mark Hummel ja Gary Primich. Tema muusika on kõlanud kontsertidel ja festivalidel Euroopas, Aasias ja Ameerika Ühendriikides.
Nathani kolmeliikmelist bändi iseloomustab stiil, milles on kombineeritud elemente 1920-ndate akustilisest bluusist, kantrist, 1950-ndate “uptown” bluusist ja 1960-ndate hingestatud R&B-st.
2017. aasta alguses tuli Nathan Moskvasse, taustaks parim vene bänd The Jumping Cats. See koosseis on mänginud mitmetel festivalidel üle Venemaa, Euroopa ning andnud kontserdi isegi Kathmandus, Nepaalis. Lisaks on nad Venemaal esinedes toetanud oma pillimänguga artiste Ameerikast ja Euroopast, nende seas John Nemeth, Bob Margolin, Kirk Fletcher, JW Jones, Tomi Leino, Joakim Tinderholt ja paljusid teisi.
Rick Holmstrom on öelnud: “Tänapäeval ei mängi mitte keegi erinevaid stiile nii hästi, olgu selleks old time country blues, low down Memphis, Chicago blues, uptown string bending blues.”
Kim Wilson: “One of the only guys in the world that can really play the traditional stuff right.”
Nathan James is a musician who never follows rules. He thinks with his own head. What identifies him are his homemade instruments and self-learned skills. Both his instruments as well as his sounds are unique, since he plays on his handcrafted washboard guitar and a box made of old fence boards. Nathan James is a well-respected and experienced artist in his field. He has been performing and recording for 20 years now, following his passion for blues and American roots music.
James was attracted to self-made instruments, music and artistic expression from an early age. He grew up in the small agricultural town of Fallbrook. That has been influential in choosing his life path because he could relate to music originating from a rural environment. Not having too many things to do there made him think out of the box and be creative. His supportive parents didn’t force him into college, so after high school Nathan had a chance to go straight into the real world of a “working musician”.  At the age of 19 Nathan got a call from internationally known blues veteran James Harman to join his band and tour the country. This experience has shaped most of his career.
In 2007 Nathan participated in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN with Ben Hernandez. They won the first place. Nathan has worked with other many well-known artists including: Kim Wilson, Pinetop Perkins, Billy Boy Arnold, Lazy Lester, Johnny Dyer, Rick Holmstrom, Janiva Magness, Mark Hummel and Gary Primich. Nathan has brought his music to concerts and festivals all around Europe, Asia and the USA.
Nathan’s three-piece band has created a sound that combines elements from 1920′s acoustic blues, amplified juke joint hill country, and 1950′s uptown blues mixed with 1960′s soulful R&B.
In the beginning of 2017 Nathan came to Moscow backed by the finest Russian band The Jumping Cats. The band has played at many festivals all over Russia, Europe and even in Kathmandu, Nepal. The Jumping Cats has also successfully backed up famous American and European musicians on their tours in Russia, such as John Nemeth, Bob Margolin, Kirk Fletcher, JW Jones, Tomi Leino, Joakim Tinderholt and many others.
Rick Holmstrom has said: “Nobody else these days plays so many styles so well, be it old time country blues, low down Memphis or Chicago blues, or even uptown string bending blues.”