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American Nomad is an original Americana band based in the Bay Area, getting ready to record its first full length album, Country Mile.
American Nomad is an original Americana band based in the Bay Area, getting ready to record its first full length album, Country Mile.
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American Nomad

American Nomad is an award winning acoustic group in the widely eclectic Bay Area music scene. We were honored as a finalist in the 2011 International songwriting competition and were recognized in the 2011 Rocky Mountain Folk Festival Songwriter Competition. Rooted in Americana and folk/swing traditions, their carefully crafted original music maintains a modern relevance. Smart songwriting, catchy lyrics, tight rhythms, rich harmonies, and strong musicianship have already begun to earn American Nomad a reputation as a band that can intrigue listeners from a wide variety of musical tastes and backgrounds. Keeping in line with the ancient troubadour tradition, American Nomad draws from the spirit of travel and authentic life experience. 

What's a Country Mile?

Country Mile will be the title track to American Nomad's debut LP to be recorded in July. We chose that name because we felt it was the thread between all the songs we've picked for the record. The term country mile refers to a long unknown distance away from your current location. A traveler can't know just how long it actually is until they've been down the road. We take it a step further and say it is the distance it takes to get through the hardships, the obstacles, the heartache,  and the confusion that shows up in life. It takes courage to traverse our internal/external journeys because the distances we travel can be so obscure. Some of the paths are smoother than others, but courage is always what gets us through, and connects us in this human experience. It’s this vulnerability that we look to expose in ourselves, to be real about fears and heartbreak, and the courage we use to pick ourselves up again in the end.

Our album, Country Mile, is about what we all realize about ourselves while going through the journey, that is the universal narrative we keep finding ourselves bumping into. The album is just an extension of the overarching project we call American Nomad.

Band Members 

Hassan El-Tayyab guitar/vocals, Shiloh Parkerson guitar/vocals, Ryan Lukas stand up bass/vocals, Mikiya Matsuto dobro/steel guitar, Matt Crimp fiddle, Mike Daillak drums

American Nomad Live @ the Freight and Salvage

Project Costs

American Nomad is trying to raise $8,500 to pay for its debut LP Country Mile. Here is what your donations will be used for:

1. Bird and Eggs Studio recording time

2. Laurie Lewis's Producer Services

3. Mixing/Mastering

4. Album Artwork

5. CD Duplication

6. Album Promotion

Working with Grammy winning producer Laurie Lewis

Local Bay Area Bluegrass legend and Grammy award winning producer Laurie Lewis will be producing our album, and we are ecstatic! Getting to make our album is a dream, but having the guidance of such a phenomenal artist is the icing on the cake. We couldn’t be more excited to learn from her and to see what she brings out in our sound that we haven’t heard before. We are truly humbled and honored to have her producing Country Mile. 

About Laurie Lewis

"It's possible to be a strong female presence in the Bluegrass music world, but you have to be really strong. Laurie is one of the greatest Bluegrass artists, woman or man, because of her consistency over decades, the depth and width of her subject matter, her commitment to the Bluegrass form, and her technical command. Oh yes, and her strength. Laurie's strength manifests in many ways: her commanding presence on stage combined with an emotional vulnerability, the truths in her lyrics, her physical voice which transcends gender, her strong commitment to causes and issues in which she deeply believes, which all resonate with a respect for the land, the natural world, and human mercy and justice." -Darol Anger

Grammy winner Laurie Lewis
Grammy winner Laurie Lewis

Listen to American Nomad

Live clip of American Nomad performing Roam and Travel (written by Shiloh Parkerson).

Audio file of American Nomad's song Temple Sunrise (written by Hassan El-Tayyab). The title track to American Nomad's first EP Temple Sunrise, placed as a finalist in the prestigious 2011 International Songwriting Competition  Instrumental category.

Pictures of Rewards

$10 Sticker Prize

$50-Color posters

$75- American Nomad T Shirt

$150 - Hassan's Original Art Work ($100 prints)

Risks and challenges

The challenge is really once we get into the studio we need to make a killer record. Have no fear though. We've been working really hard on our song craft and practicing our little tails off. It also doesn't hurt that we are getting great feedback and direction by our producer Laurie Lewis. We truly believe this album will be the best music we've ever created.

Thanks so much for checking out American Nomad's Kickstarter page! Please feel free to share our project with your friends and family to help us along. We deeply appreciate your love and support as we attempt to make some music from the bottom of our hearts to share with the world. Know that if you kick in or not, American Nomad loves you either way! Bye for now.

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    Good Karma and the knowledge that you helped us make a great album! Thank you so much for helping out!

    PS- good karma comes with all of these rewards!

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    Get a hand written thank you note and a sweet American Nomad sticker.

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    Digital download of Country Mile. (Great electronic stocking stuffer)

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    Get your very own signed copy of Country Mile!

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    Download of our previously unreleased live album featuring American Nomad performing at Lost Church March 22nd 2013, in honor of Shiloh's 1 year anniversary with the band. This is the only time we are making this item available to the public, so get it while you can! We'll also send you some digital pictures of the performance!

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    Signed 11x17 colored concert poster and a digital download of Country Mile!

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    You'll automatically get your name added to the guest list of our exclusive Kickstarter backer party after the campaign is over sometime in the Fall of 2013. American Nomad and special guests to perform! The location of this event will be in the Bay Area. The venue will remain a secret to the general public and will only announced to backers. Limited to 65 tickets. We'll also add a digital download of Country Mile. Don't forget to put the tracks on your ipod to rock out to on your way to the show!

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    American Nomad T-Shirt and a digital download of Country Mile.

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    Hand written lyric sheet of the song of your choice off Country Mile. Shiloh will write her tune's lyrics and Hassan will write his. We'll also add a download of Country Mile!

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    We'll send you a color print of one of Hassan's original pieces of art. Expect colorful images of music notes flowing through nature. Where does he come up with this stuff? We'll throw in a download of the album too!

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    1 hour voice lesson w/ Shiloh and a digital download of Country Mile.

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    1 hour guitar lesson with Hassan and a digital download of Country Mile.

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    Signed original pen and ink and colored pencil drawing by Hassan. He's been drawing since he was 6 years old, and still draws like it... expect rigorous coloring outside the lines. (We kid... he's actually pretty good!) We'll also include a signed copy of the CD!

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    A seat at a weekend long Song Writing Workshop hosted by Hassan and Shiloh. Let us be an extra set of experienced ears on that hit song of yours you've been working on. We'll work on chord structure, lyrics, and melody writing. Limited to 5 people. You'll also get a signed copy of the CD.

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    American Nomad will record a cover of your choice in our style and send it directly to you via Youtube video or mp3! (We won't cover Justin Bieber so don't ask!) And becasue we like you so much, we'll give you a signed copy of the Country Mile.

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    We'll do a Skype concert for you on a mutually agreed upon date and time. We'll play for 1 whole hour. When we are done, we'll send you a signed copy of Country Mile.

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    Get a fresh home cooked Alaskan meal and sit in on one of our rehearsals. The food will be cooked by Shiloh herself and let me tell you, her cooking amazing! (Hassan will attempt to help, but you might rather he stay out of it. He will most likely just do the dishes.) This also includes a signed copy of the CD and a ticket to our exclusive Kickstarter backer party in the Fall!

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    Hassan and Shiloh will play a duo set at your house concert. Invite some friends over and let's party down! Good if within 50 miles of the Bay Area. This also includes a signed copy of the CD and a ticket to our exclusive Kickstarter backer party in the Fall!

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    All the members of American Nomad will come do a concert for you at your home. Invite all your friends and let's have a good old fashioned hootenanny American Nomad style. Make sure to tell your guests to bring a good pair of dancing shoes. Good if within 50 miles of the Bay Area. This also includes a signed copy of the CD and a ticket to our exclusive Kickstarter backer party in the Fall!

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    Hassan and Shiloh's soul... Just kidding... We are only offering Hassan's soul. Shiloh's soul is not for sale. In addition, we'll also throw in an all access pass good for an entire year, gaining you entry to to every American Nomad show free. Hang out in our green room and be a VIP guest anywhere we play, until July of 2014! This also includes a signed copy of the CD and along with every other show we play that year, a ticket to our exclusive Kickstarter backer party in the Fall!

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