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Same Old You

by Aaron Nathans

Creative acoustic folk-rock storytelling.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Good Morning, True North
4:47 album only
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2. American West
4:26 album only
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3. Safe Now
5:00 album only
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4. Senator McCain
4:21 album only
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5. Indiana Radio
4:12 album only
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6. Same Old You
4:21 album only
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7. I Won't Talk
3:29 album only
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8. Camaguey
6:00 album only
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9. I Remember Howard Dean
4:13 album only
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10. The Old People's Fruit
6:02 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Madison songwriter Aaron Nathans plays creative, literate acoustic folk-rock. His performances are upbeat and engaging. He chooses odd song topics, like politicians and grapefruit. He can crack you up while making you think. He is a storyteller with a guitar.

He is releasing his debut album, "Same Old You," this spring. The new folk-rock record crackles with honesty and heartfelt storytelling. It offers sonic variety and a palpable sense of place, from a Rockwell portrait of a New England morning to cold nights longing for love in the American West.

Nathans' song, "I Remember Howard Dean," was selected by National Public Radio for its election-week edition of the online program "Open Mic" in November. On the title track of the new CD, he tells the story of a heavy metal rocker who finds religion. It's one of his most popular live numbers, along with his groovy, cheesy rocker "Senator McCain."

"Same Old You" was created with the unlikely production team of Tom Blain (Amy Curl, Nob Hill Boys, Harmonious Wail) and guitar guru Bradley Fish, now living in Israel.

The album includes songs co-written with Eric Hester and Dale Kidd. "Same Old You" includes guest performances by Bradley Fish, Amy Curl, Doug Brown, Erin O'Brien, Andrew Nath, and Madison Area Music Award-winner Beth Kille of Clear Blue Betty.

His songs have been covered by Mark Croft, Stephen Lee Rich and Amy Curl.

Aaron Nathans is a native of New Jersey, and grew up in Bexley, Ohio. He is a journalist and lives in Madison with his wife, playwright Debra Neff Nathans.

Among his many Madison-area live shows, Nathans has appeared at Songwriters in the Round at the Casbah, Hilldale Brat Fest, and is an occasional host of the open mic at the Urban Market. He has performed in Minnesota and at Chicago's Heartland Cafe.

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Isthmus (weekly newspaper in Madison, WI)

He can be both warm and earnest or ironic and powerfully bittersweet...
Nathans is a guitar-strumming singer-songwriter with a knack for evoking the spirit of the big swath of flyover land between the country's overpopulated coasts. He can be both warm and earnest or ironic and powerfully bittersweet (as he is on the albums catchiest cut, "American West"), and on many tracks he gets excellent support from multi-instrumentalist Bradley Fish, violinist Randy Hoecherl and other Madison-associated players.

I'm not sure Nathans' stabs at straightforward political writing on the roots-rock groove "Senator McCain" and the populist's lament "I Remember Howard Dean" will have much of an audience outside of music-loving poli-sci departments and news rooms, but he deserves points for elevating folk-rock above the usual I, me, mine solipsism. In fact, I'd be interested in hearing a full disk of his political material.
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Madison Songwriters Group newsletter, "The B-Side"

A refreshing mix of delicately crafted and wildly enjoyable songs
Aaron Nathans emerges from Madison’s music scene as a master melodic storyteller of modern day life, a prominent trait that separates him from the increasingly generic label of “acoustic folk-rock.” This CD shines with life.

The cover photo tells most of the story. Aaron’s face glows with the childlike enthusiasm that permeates this collection, a refreshing mix of delicately crafted and wildly enjoyable songs.

The outstanding songwriting is the foundation of this project, and the breadth of genres is reminiscent of Cheryl Wheeler. From the Jewish-rock chant of the song "Same Old You" through the alt-country heart of "American West" to the REM-inspired "I Won’t Talk," Aaron takes the listener on an incredible ride around music country. These driving songs are beautifully juxtaposed against the tenderness of "Safe Now" and "Camaguey"...

"The Old People’s Fruit" wraps up the ten tracks on this project. This clever number uses the bittersweet quality of grapefruit to humbly comment on the most important things in life. Even more amazing; the first several times I listened to this song end, I could do nothing but leave the CD in the player and let it start all over again...
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