Jay Nash

w/ Jesse Thomas

Acoustic Rock

 

Jay Nash, East Coast native and rock troubadour, has been blessed with the kind of excruciatingly rustic voice so rarely heard on record. He emerged into the national spotlight from the same Los Angeles music scene that gave rise to Sara Bareilles, Katy Perry and many other current pop luminaries, Nash has shared the stage with everyone from the Counting Crows and Maroon 5 to Keb Mo and Dave Mason (and Sara and Katy…). He has logged over a thousand live performances and sold over 25,000 albums without ever having signed a conventional record label deal.

“Barcelona” – Jay Nash Live at Foundation from Foundation Content on Vimeo.

Growing up in a small town outside Syracuse, New York, Nash’s mother was a piano teacher and his father a rabid fan of rock n roll and played piano and saxophone. At the age of 12 Nash had a chance encounter with a cassette tape containing a live Grateful Dead performance on one side and Cat Stevens’ Greatest Hits on the other. Other early inspirations included Dylan, Springsteen and Petty.

After his high school days in upstate New York, Nash found himself at the University of Vermont where he earned a degree in Civil Engineering.

Towards the end of his time there, he began writing music before wandering on to New York City, Jackson Hole and finally settling in Los Angeles.

While in Los Angeles, Jay Nash’s career took shape. He established a residency at Bar F2, which eventually became Room 5. He not only played there but also booked the music seven nights a week. That tiny room on La Brea Avenue became a home away from home not only for him but also soon-to-be major label artists and more. Room 5 soon attracted media interest, big crowds and the Hollywood A-List. Nash progressed to performing at Hotel Cafe, which has spawned its own musical community.

From there, he began a touring schedule that included up to 200 dates a year and has not slowed down since.

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“Jay Nash makes music that is warm, soulful, energetic, intelligent, just a little bit country, just a little bit rock. It may not be the kind of music that pop 40 aficionados want to hear on the radio; but it is most certainly the kind of music anyone of sense and substance wants to hear…” – A.L. Harper, Blogcritics.org

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