Nathaniel Talbot Quartet
Sisters Folk Festival alum returns to celebrate the release of their new album "Here in the Fields"
Nathaniel Talbot - Acoustic guitar and vocals
Sam Howard (Tony Furtado, Scott Pemberton Trio) - bass
Russ Kleiner (Curtis Salgado, Tony Futado, Shook Twins) - drums
Anna Tivel (Shook Twins, Anna and the Underbelly) - violin and vocals
About the album:
Just before his move from Portland to Whidbey Island, WA two years ago, singer-songwriter and finger-style guitarist Nathaniel Talbot played to a sold-out room at The Woods for the release of his sophomore album “Less Wild.” He shared that stage with three Portland ringers, Sam Howard (Tony Furtado, Scott Pemberton), Russ Kleiner (Curtis Salgado, Tony Furtado), and Anna Tivel (Shook Twins), who he had recently recruited to help record the album. The quartet found fast friendship that night and, despite the long distance relationship, has since gone on to compose, record and tour the northwest with an ever-expanding repertoire.
The Quartet's new release, “Here in the Fields”, undoubtedly represents Talbot’s strongest song-writing to date. The acoustic bass, violin and percussion parts are works of craftsmanship, helping lift these ten songs songs to out of the speakers to create a harmonic tapestry seldom heard in the traditional singer-songwriter genre. Expect arrangements brimming with lush vocal harmonies, haunting string arrangements, and sparse, textured rhythms sections, while at the same time never straying too far from their anchor: Talbot’s powerful vocal melodies and finger-style guitar work. But what truly separate this album from its chamber-folk kin are the lyrics. Talbot’s narratives are dark and bucolic, taking the listener along the overlooks and through the underbellies of various Pacific Northwest landscapes and rural communities. It’s clear that two years of farming along the forest and waters of Puget Sound have sculpted the content of these tunes and helped Talbot develop a sense of storytelling that many urban songsters lack.