Headed on up to the Rockfish in Annapolis, MD tonight.  Stoked.  Great spot.  Friday I'll be back in ol' OC uptown at JC's...  Come hang out!

We lost Mr. Richie Havens this week and I am very saddened by it.  Richie was amazing in all senses.  I'm nothing short of honored to have been able to meet and speak with him several times over the last 10 years.  What a lovely man.  Rest in peace...

1 year and 11 months since the last blog post... that is just horrible.  My apologies folks!  There's been tons and tons and tons of things happening over the last couple years.  Electric Co. is now "Eastern Electric", there's a new album release on the close horizon, more and more dates back on the road, so many projects, a big summer schedule, etc, etc...  Please feel free to sign up on the mailing list or find me on Twitter and Facebook

We've got a couple great shows this week... appearing in Northern Virginia at Dogfish Head Alehouse, Falls Church, VA Thursday 4.18 and then on to Harpers Ferry, WV for the Boogie on the Banks gathering.  Fun times.  Come hang out.


Hey folks - got a new website brewing, a new recording project to peddle, and couple bad-ass bands to offer... check it out peoples!

The Electric Co. has been playing some KILLER SHOWS these last few months. Tons of momentum building behind their latest recording project. With a new album on the way, entitled "Whiskey Tonight," Nate and the Electric Co. are getting 2011 started off right! You know it! AND!!! Another Bluegrass week is upon us and we couldn't be more stoked of what we've got planned! First off, these will be the first performances of the Saltwater Stringband since taking 2nd place at the Berlin Fiddler's Convention last year. And, in addition each member also placed in the top 3 on their respective instruments with Nate taking FIRST PLACE on guitar! Not only that, but they'll be pickin' with the Electric Co. and several the songwriters Jenn Grinels, Meridieth Kaye Clark and Bryan Russo. This will be a great few days of music on DelMarVa and there are plenty of opportunities to come check a show. We hope very much you can join us.
Well Nate is back from Nashville after playing some great gigs with some great songwriters and entertainers. Plans are already in the works for a follow up trip. Many thanks to all of you out there that have made the last couple Electric Co shows so high-energy and satisfying. Rock and Roll lives! Currently the Electric Co is in the studio cutting a stellar record with renowned East-Coast producer, Frank Marchand III at Airshow in Takoma Park, MD. Frank's roster includes The Decemberists, Ani DiFranco, Dar Williams, and Jimmy's Chicken Shack... plus many more. Hold on to your butts people! This is one is gonna knock your socks off... assuming you wear socks.
Sooooooo many great happenings of late and in the near future... First of all, after a great, birthday week celebration full of bluegrass pickin', Nate took 1st Place in the Berlin Fiddler's Convention on guitar this past Saturday! Not only that but his band, with Darin Engh on mandolin and John Heinz on fiddle, the Saltwater Stringband was awarded 2nd place in the competition. Congrats boys! In the coming weeks Nate Clendenen will performing in two of the three music great US music cities! On Oct 10th and 12th Nate will performing in Nashville, TN at Second Fiddle and Blue Bar (respectively). This will be Nate's first time in Nashville so come show him some love. Look for him to reveal some new material whilst rockin' with his buddy, Carl D and his band who are all Nashville mainstays. On November 20th and 21st Nate will be appearing with the Electric Co and G-13 at BB King's in New York City in conjunction with the last two Further Tour shows. Further is this year's continuation of the Grateful Dead and the guest list for sit-ins is growing with some HUGE names in the jam scene. Not to be missed. Finally amidst all this, the Electric Co. will hitting the studio! They'll be working with renowned East Coaster, Frank Marchand whose roster includes many of the area's best. Come and check out some shows people! We'll see you down the road.
Wow... what can be said about the previous months of musicing...? Nate and the Electric Company are rollin'! They've been doing some killer shows in some great venues. Many, many, many undying thanks to everyone who has supported Nate and the E Co throughout the last many, many shows. We love you sooooooooooooooo much. Thank you. Some things on the horizon... Electric Co will be at some great functions in the coming months: Dogfish Head this Friday night, for instance. Nate will play Nashville, a life long goal of his. And there is rumor of some ECo studio time in the near future. Whoa Nelly! What will we do?! Stay tuned, details to follow.
Summer is upon us here in the ol' city by the ocean. Both Nate and The Electric Co. have many dates ahead. Today their latest performance on 98.1 FM WOCM was released on the website for free download. Be sure to make copies for your friends! Come on out to show, folks. The Electric Co. is rollin' like train.
Folks, we are pleased to announce several exciting things for Nate Clendenen and his music. Most notably, Nate's new ensemble, the Electric Co is continuing to pick up steam. Their new recordings are now available right here on denenmusic.com and in constant rotation on local radio. Not only that, but the website itself has been updated to include streaming mP3's of all of Nate's projects. Visit Myxer.com or the denenmusic.com BUY page to purchase the brand new Electric Co. "Win for Losing" ringtone for only $.99. Nate also has several solo performance news to report. He is now a finalist in the Fager's Island Claim to Fame songwriting and performance contest. Finals are Tuesday, Dec 15th at 8pm. Also, for the second year in a row, Nate placed in the top 3 on guitar at the Berlin Fiddler's Convention, taking 3rd with the pieces "Whiskey Before Breakfast" and "Salt Creek." Stay tuned... there are more updates on the way.
Well folks its been a wild summer. Only a few more weeks remain but the Electric Co. is still in swing. Now joined by there brand new lead guitar player, Ryan Jackson (Permilla Project), they've found a fresh groove and are looking towards the future to continue the momentum. Come on out... the Arena's shows have been band favorites. Rockin!
New year, new website, new music, new photos, new vibrations, new life, new stories, tragedies, triumphs, plans and memories. Take some time to check out the new site. There's more newness on the way!
We'd like to announce that Nate Clendenen placed second in the guitar competition at the Berlin Fiddler's Convention last month! He performed the bluegrass standards "Blackberry Blossom" and "Little Sadie" - apparently both judge and crowd favorites. Many great contestants competed in several categories. Definitely join us next year in September.
Hey there folks! Happy July to all... We hope that everyone's July 4th was appropriately festive. Ours was, for sure... Happy birthday, America! We are very pleased to announce several new happenings in the next week. First off, Nate will be performing at Pepper's Tavern in OC, MD on thursdays starting tomorrow around 10pm. Awesome mexican food right on the boardwalk and 16th st. This Friday marks the start of a run of dates uptown at the Blue Ox... 130th and Coastal Highway, OC, MD at 8pm. Super stoked to report that the Carolina-based bluegrass group, Big Fat Gap, will be playing next Tuesday the 15th at Bamboo. Nate and the boys will share the evening and it will be fabulous. Lots of pickin'. Lots of grinnin'. Mint Juleps. Deliciousness! 9th St and the boardwalk 9pm. UPCOMING SHOWS 7.10 Pepper's Tavern, OC, MD 10pm 7.11 Blue Ox, OC, MD 8pm 7.13 Fat Tuna Grill, Millville, DE 5pm 7.15 Bamboo, OC, MD 9pm w/ Big Fat Gap
Greetings ladies and gents! The summer is nearly upon us... the sun is shining and the tank is clean! Nate's regular slots are proving very lovely. There are some radio gigs soon (tomorrow actually) and August will mark Nate's return to the great state of Colorado. ON THE RADIO Tomorrow, June 16th and other dates throughout the summer, Nate will perform live on 98.1 WOCM at 6pm. Tune in to check the debut of a couple new songs. If you're not at the required coordinates to receive said broadcast, log onto www.irieradio.com to listen and view over the internet. THE USUAL SUSPECTS Of course the Tuesdays at Bamboo (9th st and the boards, OC, MD) and Sundays at Fat Tuna (Rt 26 Millville, DE) are chugging right along. It should be noted that Nate's good buddy Bryan Russo will be doing next Sunday (6.22) at the Tuna... as he will on the 3rd or 4th Sundays of every month. DENEN ELECTRIC CO RIDES AGAIN! On Saturday, June 21st at M.R. Ducks (Talbot st and the Bay, OC, MD) at 4pm the boys will be plugging in and turning up! M.R.'s is an old-school Ocean City locals joint perched right on the Bay near the downtown bridge. Check John, Sonny and Nate tear it up live and in person... maybe a couple special guests will turn up as well. Come see for yourself. JUST ANNOUNCED! Nate will be performing on Friday, August 1st at Owsley's Golden Road in beautiful Denver, CO. More details to follow.
Wow! Its been a while... So much can happen in life that we have no control over. Staggering sometimes to think about. Make sure you hold on to yourselves, your love, your lovers, your sanity, truth, and honesty. Its a crazy world out there and it will eat you alive if you're not paying attention. We certainly hope that everyone has had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday and start to the winter holiday season. Nate has ventured deeper into his home of Maryland's Eastern Shore. He's been working on new material, burning the wood stove, hangin with his doggie, and trying to keep it all together. If you're around the lower Eastern Shore of Maryland, come check him out at his winter residency in Salisbury. Flavors of Italy, a tasty pizza, pasta, and beer spot owned by one of Nate's old buddies, or "the Flave" for short, has begun hosting various live musicers. Nate will be performing on Fridays from here on out for a little while. He can also be seen performing with the gospel group, One Voice. They are a rootsy vocal group led by Nate's mother, Patty, and they will be doing some Christmas-minded shows throughout December. There are many more shows in the works. Maybe a western run later in the season, some New England dates in a bit. Nate has even dusted off the old electric guitars and started jamming with some great rock and rollers... We'll keep you posted.
Hello all! We hope this email finds everyone well and enjoying a lovely start to Spring. Just a quick line to let you all know that the Nate Clendenen Grass Duo will performing this weekend. By this we mean... Nate and long-time buddy, banjo-man extraordinaire, Robert Mabe will be pickin at Andy's is Chestertown, MD. This is a great place to see a show, have some food, or drink some brew. Not to mention they'll be supporting the NYC-based, Alt-Country-Grass band, Yarn. Very lovely times. We hope everyone who can will be there. A whopping $5 at the door with the music starting around 9pm. http://www.andys-ctown.com http://www.yarnmusic.net Some summer dates are starting to line up but there a while off still. Check the website and MySpace. We think Nate will be releasing some new music soon via this new thing called the World Wide Web. Apparently its all the rage... Some live stuff from his shows last year with Larry Keel, maybe some new demos... We'll keep you well informed...
We know this is the first News entry in a while. Our apologies. There's been soooooo much musical lovliness since the last news posting. Here two of the latest announcements... We are pleased to announce that Nate has started being featured periodically on XM channel 43 (XMU). Keep them requests coming! Its SUPER easy. Just email Billy Zero, Program Director, at to request your favorite tune. They featured "Song for Lauren" off of the "Old Soul" release. A record appears at . Check it out! Video of the now legendary Galax performance this past year is now available online. Visit for "Lonesome Fiddle Blues" performed by an all-star group of pickers including Robert Mabe, Jamie Griggs, Clay Jones from Mountian Heart, Nate Leath from Old School Freight Train, Ryan Cavanaugh of the Bill Evans' Soulgrass, Darren Shoemaker, Nate Clendenen, and more! The performance lasted roughly 10 minutes and only ended upon the power being cut by the organizers. If you've ever been to something like this, you know what it means to have the sound cut... in certain circles this is a curse... in ours its a blessing. Video and audio by Rex McGee... enjoy!
What up kiddies... So the road keeps going and so do the bookings... On June 21st Nate will be supporting Larry Keel and Natural Bridge in Denver at a rockin room called Quixote's. Great pickin', lots of grinnin', all in a room built for Grateful Deadin'... The elusive Seattle date is closer to being solidfied and there are several other Colorado dates in the works. Stay tuned...
Nate Clendenen's performance at the 8x10 Club in Baltimore has just been released on the website. Sound quality is nice and it showcases some of the newest of tunes from Nate's brain - some of which Robert had never heard before. Check it!!!
Nate recently found a lost recording from the summer of '03. Recorded in Salisbury, MD by Jim Rowbottom, "Songs..." features five songs never before released, rarely played, and basically forgotten for some reason. They're great tunes and are now available for free download on the website. Check it!
New website... New mailing list... New music... New tour... Nate is embarking on his first national tour in quite some time. Come see a show. Tell your freinds. Tell your mommas and poppas. Tell your sisters and brothers. Many dates are still TBA so check back for updates. Much love...
Two more shows on the New England leg have been announced and they're tasty! Nate will be returning to Boston on April 11th to Harper's Ferry (Alston, MA). Great room. Nate's on at 10:45. Also, returning to Sully's Pub in Hartford to open for the wonderful Josh Dion Band. Be there or be square! See y'all out on the road...
Lots of insane energy floating around out there at the moment. National tour in the works - the New England leg has been posted while the western legs are still being confirmed. We look forward to a great set of shows in some new towns. Everyone's help is greatly appreciated - you got a few freinds that might dig the tunes? Maybe in Denver, Seattle, Albany, etc? Let 'em know. We're all in this together and we are grateful. Much much love and many thanks...

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