Hey, y’all. I am Shay. This is the on air indie show.
Welcome & enjoy. Episode 51.
First, music history trivia for June 7th.
In 1963 the Rolling Stones released their debut single “Come On”. Chuck Berry wrote the song. It reached No. 21 in the UK chart.
The following year during their first US tour fans booed The Rolling Stones off stage at a gig in San Antonio, Texas. They brought some performing monkeys who had been the act on before the Stones back on stage for another performance.
We meet North Carolina gospel blues guitarist Nathan Pope today. He received his first guitar at 2 and was teaching himself to play by the age of 7. Now at 18, Nathan is performing at festivals and venues across the state with a band of his own and has been featured in North Carolina’s renowned Our State Magazine as a blues guitar prodigy. Nathan came in 1st Place in the Top 10 Under 20 at the 2021 International Dallas Guitar Festival.
Featured today are tracks from his 2018 album I’m Not Alone. Nathan will continue to astound audiences with his incredible talent. An artist to watch.
Enjoy the show!
“I’m Not Alone” 17:25
“When it comes to talented young people, Nathan Pope is top shelf. His musical ability and skill level on the guitar is well advanced for someone his age. His classic blues riffs and edgy rock overtones sound like a veteran guitarist who has been playing for years. It was an honor to have him on the Carolina Blues Festival stage. His performance gave the festival a huge wow factor and he received rave reviews from the crowd.”
– TL Lineberry, Carolina Blues Festival Chair
“Sometimes you just “feel” it.
You know what I mean: those chill-bumps that move up and down your arms when you hear the blues played so sweetly it hurts?
Yup, that feeling.
It happened to a whole room of blues fans when we all experienced the talent of young Nathan Pope on a December night at our Christmas Party. It happened when we knew the person playing was connecting emotionally and mentally to the music. That is Nathan Pope. Armed with a Goldtop and talent to match, Nathan brought a maturity to his interpretation of blues classics and his originals.”
-Mary London Szpara, President Charlotte Blues Society
“This guy will make you wanna throw your guitar in the trash and take up badminton. Seriously, I had to stop what I was doing and turn around and say who the hell is that? WHOA!! Blew me away! Keep your eye on this cat!!”
~ Dr. Joe, President Natchyo’ Grandma’s Blues Network
Bio Provided by the Artist
Nathan is a young blues guitarist from the heart of North Carolina. He received his first guitar at the age of 2 and was teaching himself to play by the age of 7. He gives credit to his Grandmother, Doris Powell, for her inspiration and love of music.
Nathan spent years going to blues jams where he honed his craft under the mentoring of some of the area’s finest musicians. Now at 18, Nathan has been performing at festivals and venues across the state with a band of his own for almost 6 years and has even been featured in NC’s renowned Our State Magazine as a blues guitar prodigy. For several summers Nathan ventured to Clarksdale, Mississippi for the Pinetop Perkins Foundation Workshop where he studied under the likes of Bob Margolin, Jonn Del Toro Richardson, Victor Wainwright, and Christone “Kingfish” Ingram.
In 2016 he represented the Triangle Blues Society in the Youth Showcase at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. In 2018 the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society honored him with their Mike Carr Junior Bluesman of the Year Award. He also released his first CD, I’m Not Alone, in 2018 which showcases his blues-rock roots. Now in 2021, Nathan has received the tremendous honor of being selected as the 1st place winner of the top 10 guitarists under the age of 20 in the world by the Dallas International Guitar Show. Read more here.
(Filmed by Natasha in 1080 HD) 1st Place winner Nathan Pope performing in the “10 Under 20” competition. Filmed & recorded at the Dallas International Guitar Festival on May 2, 2021 in Dallas, Texas
Recording session taped at Ovation Studios in Winston Salem, NC.