San Francisco-based SUPERMULE is a collective of players who represent a wide range of influences, but have found common ground in the forms and themes of traditional American music. Building on this shared passion, the individual members each bring their own perspective and contributions to the band’s unique sound.
SUPERMULE raids America’s musical pantry to concoct a tasty blend of fresh, rootsy ingredients. Liberal amounts of jazz, bluegrass, classical, and rock are used in varying proportions. One song is a thick, rich gumbo, the next is fluffier than Grandma’s buttermilk pancakes. The fruitful collaboration between members belies that old saw about too many cooks in the kitchen.
Mixing traditional bluegrass instruments like banjo, guitar, and fiddle with keyboards, drums, and horns, SUPERMULE focuses on those areas where different musical strains intersect.
SUPERMULE continues the spirit of innovation and experimentation to create – as did so many pioneers in American music – a hybrid music that is simultaneously traditional and revolutionary.
JAMES NASH & THE NOMADS:
James Nash is no stranger to musical diversity. As at home with Charlie Parker and Bill Monroe as he is with Django Reinhardt and Jimi Hendrix, the accomplished guitarist embraces the potential challenges of playing multiple genres with both joy and aplomb.
Nash’s broad vocabulary, both as scholar and stylist, has led to a genre-bending approach that has served him well for a decade as a lead guitarist, singer, and songwriter for the eclectic and virtuosic Americana ensemble, The Waybacks. Similarly, they make him a fitting helmsman for the daredevil acoustic and electric escapades ofThe Nomads, which features stellar partners-in-crime Bobby Vega on bass (Zero), Ernest Carter on drums (Bruce Springsteen), and Eamonn Flynn on keys (Michael Franti & Spearhead).