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All For Love And Wages

by Nathan Hamilton

Singer/songwriter,roots rock with a strong lyrical sense, steeped in the storytelling tradition.
Genre: Country: Country Rock
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1. Dry River
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2. Bottle in the Bathroom
4:07 $0.99
3. Shape I'm In
3:59 $0.99
4. Wages
3:35 $0.99
5. Fiero's Run
4:51 $0.99
6. 4 Directions
4:10 $0.99
7. Dirt in the Wound
4:19 $0.99
8. Get it Right
3:50 $0.99
9. Thing of All Things
7:00 $0.99
10. Bed Clothes
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11. Let it Lie
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Album Notes
When people ask Hamilton what he does for a living, he usually says "musician." That's a pretty modest claim for a guy who won the prestigious Kerrville New Folk award in 2000, putting him in the company of past winners like Slaid Cleaves, Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen.

Tuscola, his 1999 solo debut, launched two charting Americana radio singles ("Cash & Tobacco" and "Spent") and garnered an almost embarrassing amount of critical praise.

"Full of haunting images and evocative emotions," wrote Chris Riemenschneider of the Austin American-Statesman, while Christopher Hess of the Austin Chronicle hailed the album as "a strong series of country-folk tunes that establish Hamilton as a local voice to be reckoned with."

Sara Rex of KFAN Texas Rebel Radio singled it out as one of the best releases of the year.

Nathan Hamilton is an artist, and like all artists - or at least the best of them - his art is not limited to his immediate stimuli.

Nor is his mode of expression limited to song or any other single form.

Over the course of his adult life, the Abilene-born and raised, Austin-based Hamilton has performed with a theater company in Los Angeles, tried his hand at writing plays, briefly studied graphic design, reveled in the freedom of textural art and recorded three albums, one with a band (The Good Medicine Band, formerly the Sharecroppers) and two (last year's critically acclaimed Tuscola and the new All For Love and Wages) as a solo act.

"I've always been interested in discovering new territory and mediums as an artist"- an identity he equates with being an athlete.

"Anybody that's seriously into athletics, may be active in a number of different sports to work various muscles and develop other skills, but they're still overall an athlete," he says.

"I think it's the same with art." Consider All For Love and Wages then the way one might consider a single painting in a larger and still unfinished body of work, not so much a mirror image portrait of the artist as a study in a specific mood and theme.

A very different theme, it just so happens, than the one Hamilton explored on Tuscola and with the Good Medicine Band.

"The new record kind of breaks away from the whole Texas, small town thing.

I felt as though I'd said all I had to say on that.

I was just trying to get more specific in terms of getting off the dusty, old small streets and getting into the house, where we live, to explore what's going on with the people in those houses." The things that interested Hamilton inside those houses and subsequently inspired so many of the songs on All For Love and Wages were stories from friends, family members, people he's met over the course of years of taking on odd jobs like construction work to support his art and family - as well as snapshots from his own life and marriage.

"It's the detailed experience of humanity," he elaborates.

"When you're standing at the sink and the way the light comes through a glass sitting on the ledge, how that moment right there, that physical object, that detail, can encompass a complete emotion or experience that you're going through in your life.

I think that correlation between emotion and objects is sort of a theme for me as awriter, and that's what is interesting to me." Musically, All For Love and Wages finds Hamilton further refining his style of stark, singer-songwriter confessionals on half the album while simultaneously exploring a more rhythmic, rocking vein on the other half.

Hamilton credits friend and co-producer Ted Cho (of Poi Dog Pondering fame) for helping him hammer out the details of the new album, but the extra punch and muscle to the mix comes courtesy of his seasoned road band, No Deal (named after the Townes Van Zandt song).

"They played a big part in shaping the sound of the new record," Hamilton enthuses.

"My guitar player, Brent Malkus comes from a punk background so he adds a whole new edge to the music.

Also Rob Gaines on drums and Mike Stevenson on bass just drive it home.

They helped me lean a little harder into the rock direction I was headed, which I am really enjoying.

At least for now." Spoken like a true artist - always receptive to new and challenging forms of expression, but never knowing when, where or how inspiration will hit.



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Singer/songwriter, who infuses roots rock with a strong lyrical sense, steeped in the storytelling tradition. This is Americana country rock with the perfect amount of twang. The whirling lap steel is a great offset to the jangly country guitar and brightly animated basslines. And the capper? His fantastic vocals, lyrics and songwriting ability.

Austin American Statesman

Austin American- Statesman
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NATHAN HAMILTON "All For Love and Wages"
Steppin' Stones
Still waiting for Lyle Lovett to make another album of original material? In the meantime, may I suggest this equally evocative, but not as smooth Abilene-raised Austinite? As a keen observer of that which usually goes unnoticed -- the anonymous people, the dusty towns, the days unmarked by distinction -- Nathan Hamilton lives in the meantime. He understands that trying to get home is much more interesting than being there.
Where 1999's "Tuscola" provided a stark portrait of "Last Picture Show" Texas, the new album jumps off the screen. There's more confidence in the playing of a band that has jelled after steady gigging. There's a greater songwriting range from a dashboard confessor with the nerve to get out of the car and knock on the door to see what's behind it. Hamilton and co-producer Ted Cho have apparently spent a lot of time going for an effortless feel, so when Kim Deschamps of Cowboy Junkies busts out the pedal steel on "Thing of All Things," a song about feeling lost on a well-worn route, it doesn't come off as a countrifying element, but rather an instinctive sound that echoes the sentiment.
"It's a long time to get it right," Hamilton sings on the Lynyrd Skyn-tight "Get It Right." But the former Sharecropper singer nails it on only his second solo album. And he knows it.
-- Michael Corcoran


The Austin Chronicle

Nathan Hamilton
All for Love and Wages (Steppin' Stone)- Some singer-songwriters take the world by storm with their first album. They seem to emerge fully formed, with fresh ideas and a different way of looking at the human condition. Others, take a bit longer to figure the whole thing out. On his second release All for Love and Wages, Nathan Hamilton, who locals may remember as a member of the Good Medicine Band aka the Sharecroppers, proves to be a member of the latter group. His first solo turn, Tuscola, had its inspired moments, but nothing in his past could have prepared us for these 11 new songs filled with empathy, stick-in-your-head melodies, and unremitting spirit. All for Love and Wages rocks harder than Hamilton has in the past, but his music remains rooted in country and folk. With the guitars of Brent Malkus and producer Ted Cho (Poi Dog Pondering) right up front, there are times, especially on "Dirt in the Wound" and "Thing of All Things" where they seem to be channeling Crazy Horse on a steamy night. Then, on the smooth, hook-filled opener "Dry River" and the lazy acoustic "4 Directions," Hamilton recalls the early country rock style of Jackson Browne. Although not working the most original musical territory, All for Love and Wages is a healthy helping of new American roots rock.
- Jim Caligiuri