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Nate Hixson

Colorado indie-folk musician

Based out of the Denver, Colorado area, Nate is a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter.

Though focused more on the acoustic genres of folk, Celtic, bluegrass and blues, nothing is completely off limits.
Coming from punk roots, Nate has been known to describe his style using the old CBGB acronym, changing "country" to "Celtic" for Celtic, Bluegrass, Blues.

Nate grew up singing and playing instruments in school, in church, at home and in public. In high school, he performed with his two best friends (and fellow trumpet players) forming a pop-punk band called Breakthrough.

In the early/mid 2000s he fronted Nucklehead, an alt-rock/punk band in Dayton, OH. They released one album of their earlier works, Nuckle Sandwich, in 2005.

Around 2009, he started playing Irish music with two close friends after mountain biking sessions and formed the band Sláinte (originally named Irish Car Bombs, but changed the name out of decency). When the other two stepped away for personal reasons, Nate continued on solo under the stage name Johnny Tarr (with the personal blessing of Steve Twigger of Gaelic Storm).

Nate still records and performs solo, dropping the stage name and broadening genres and influences. He also records and performs with the alt-folk duo On Belay and Irish group Juice O'The Barley.

Nate can be heard singing and playing guitar, mandolin, banjo, trumpet, pennywhistle, and harmonica on Juice songs.

On his release, A Look Inside, Nate produced and sang and played all instruments (acoustic guitar, lead guitar, harmonica, drum set, bass guitar, keys).


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