Nathan Widener has played around East Tennessee with several bands that explored the roots of American music. With a firm foothold in the Blues, his music pulls from the British folk and Guitar Gods of the late 1960's to create music that not only has a spirit and life, but also has a timeless quality to it.
He started playing the guitar when he was 13, and since then has written for solo guitar, for a movie soundtrack, for bands, even arranged tunes for publication and has something he calls, “5 cds of original demo ideas.” “I'll never forget where I was when I heard 'Third Stone from the Sun' by Hendrix. Traveling down the Potomac River, I was able to see how music and the Earth were connected. It was Jimi's unique ability to speak through the guitar, that he didn't need words to communicate this beautiful idea. I think that is where my love of improvisation comes from.”
He was first introduced to playing live music when he was 17, "It was an experience that changed my life. There is such an energy that happens between the crowd and the performer. You are changing somebody's life. Right then and there, they are going to walk away feeling something different."
Since then Nathan has spent his time in college as double major in history and music. “There’s a lot of things they can teach you in a book, but what they don’t teach you is how to write a song that means something. We lose sight of that over time.” Jazz was special for Nathan because of the unique sound Jazz gave him, the rhythms and complex harmonies have all found a unique place in his musical compositions and style. "Jazz is really special because it has both the soul of the Blues, and it has the brains of classical."
“It’s hard to narrow it down to just one artist that is my favorite, I am inspired by like Hendrix, Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon and Jim Croce all brought this uniqueness – the energy and soul that you just can’t find that on the street. That’s what I want to be, something unique.”