It wasn’t until age fifteen that the seeds of rock were planted for Nate. He was filling in for his sister on a babysitting job for some family friends, Doug and Robin Baker. Doug had a show that night with his band Beau Nasty whose motto was “Dirty but well dressed”, and well dressed they were. Nate was mesmerized by the leather and big hair. Nate immediately began studying the art of rock by listening to Motley Crüe and Guns N’ Roses religiously. Times do change, but Nate will argue that grunge didn’t kill hair metal. “All the good bands broke up and didn’t get back together until it was too late”. But Nate also loved grunge. Alice in Chains album “Face Lift” was a regular part of his rotation long before the album “Nevermind” was released.
Nate loved rock so much that he wanted to be a part of it. His next step was to run out and buy a guitar. His first batch of songs were all comedy and received big laughs from his friends and family, but he wanted to go for more serious look at music. That’s when he got together with Andrew Jones in a band called Numb and wrote a bunch heavy rock, maybe too heavy. The fastest way to embarrass Nate is to sing Numb songs. He’s not really proud of any fruit from his labors with that band, but it was definitely a stepping stone to his music of today. Nate and Andrew both new they needed a change in direction. That’s when they picked up Kaylan Romero and became Sick Water. Nate rocks out with his c#$& out on a Marshall JCM 2000 TSL 100 Triple Super Lead Head Through a 1960A Vintage slant half stack and a Gibson Firebird V reissue. He uses Maxon and Boss pedals and Dunlop Tortex .60mm picks. He is lovingly deemed “wallet” because he is the financial institution of the band through his labors in mechanical engineering. With his skills in guitar, singing, and songwriting he is dedicated to pursuit of making good rock, but we have yet to see him with big hair or in leather…