Musician Jamie Notarthomas has been an integral part of the independent underground music scene since the late 1980's, performing an average of 200 shows a year at all varieties of venues primarily throughout the eastern US. Over the years, his thought-provoking song writing and electrifying performances have established him as one of the most popular and well-known acts in the region.
Now with his latest release, Climbing out of the 20th Century, Jamie claims his spot amongst the most talented song writers and performers working today. With tunes that retain his own recognizable and original style, he displays a song-writing prowess reminiscient of such greats as Bob Dylan, Woodie Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, and Bruce Cockburn.
Climbing Out of the 20th Century, his third CD, is a pure acoustic folk album and represents the approach that this musician is so well known for. Notarthomas' inspired songs present a fresh, original angle and often unique arrangements that eloquently honor the timeless tradition of pure folk music.
Climbing showcases his ability to exhaust the most difficult of subject matter with clever poetic form. The album is infused with a sense of the spiritual, with themes ranging from socio-political, environmental, and psychological, to the deeply personal. His lighter themes are sometimes humorous or clever musings about the local central NY region where he has lived. All of this is delivered with a wildly versatile voice capable of a three octave range and single guitar and harmonica that people often mistake for a whole band.