Nate Farrar's Shell Shocked, Modern Blues for the dis/possessed.
Nate Farrar plays songs about broken bottles, broken hearts, broken cars, and being broke. His lyrics embrace the stroytelling tradition of the great Delta bluesmen, augmented by a manic intesity that can be heard in his voice, in his words, and in his guitar playing.
At age 23, Shell Shocked is Nate Farrar's first official release. he plays dobro and sings on all thirteen of the album's original songs, backed by a band that features some of Philadelphia's most talented jazz musicians. Recorded live in the studio, nearly every song on the album is the band's first take.
The songs on Shell Shocked showcase Nate Farrar's incredible range: from the somber, bossa nova rythmed "Let me Sleep" to the raw, percussive sounds of "Rotten Playground;" the fragmented nightmarescape of "Moonlight's Just a Memory" to the beautiful ballad "As the Rain Comes Down;" the country-tinged "Dry Stone Jail" to the album's opening blues romp "Let me Down."
Nate Farrar is the blues in the same sense that Tom Waits is the Blues: both singer/songwriters experiment within the fundamentals of the musical tradition to produce a highly personalized and original sound - watering the seeds of the blues with the pathos of modern life. he's a musician's musician, and his wildly self-assured debut ensures a longevity that has become increasingly rare in the music industry today. Nate Farrar is a true bluesman - drawing from the past, living in the present, and writing the future of the blues.