Nate Lee - Mandolin / Fiddle
"Plays well with others"
The fact is, NATE LEE, the musician, has been drawing attention ever since he hit his first double digits. His cheerful commitment to refining his game has been a hot topic in the press as well as among his listeners, instructors and fellow musicians.
To quote bluegrass icon ALAN MUNDE, "He is one of the very best students the most talented instrumentalist, equally adept at both fiddle and mandolin, I've had in my tenure". Banjo master and scholar WAYNE SHRUBSALL, playing with NATE in HARD ROAD states, "That boy is playing in the league of some of the best fiddle players I have worked with...and I have worked with Byron Berline, Kenny Baker, Dale Morris and Jim Chancellor, among others."
NATE'S early fiddle and mandolin style were shaped under the tutelage of VALERIE RYALS O'BRIEN of Burleson, Texas and STEVE SMITH of Las Cruces, New Mexico. As a child he appeared onstage with his teacher Valerie and in local country bands. By the age of 14, Nate had become an experienced teacher and competitor in fiddle contests. Even in his early days, his forte emerged in performance with other musicians where his ability to listen and blend coupled with his amazing chops made him a player in high demand.
NATE became a professional early, performing with the MARK GORMAN BAND (country) and at venues including Six Flags with THE CRUCIGERS (folk/grass). He currently tours with THE ALAN MUNDE GAZETTE (bluegrass) and STEVE SMITH AND HARD ROAD (original modern/retro string band) sometimes performing as a duo with STEVE. NATE has shared the stage with Joe Carr, Jim "Texas Shorty" Chancellor, Roland White, Bill Evans, Chris Jones, Ned Luberecki, Rich O'Brien, Brad Davis, Dede Wyland, Gerald Jones, Dale Morris Sr., Tim May and Ted Scanlon to name a few.
NATE is making his mark as a gifted teacher in his private studio and at workshops including Camp Bluegrass and Gerald Jones' Acoustic Music Camp. He "works well with others" both young and old, relying on keen musical intuition to challenge and encourage his students.
Having completed two music-intensive years at South Plains College, Levelland, Texas, NATE currently makes his home in beautiful Lyons, Colorado. Past recordings include his childhood CD, "Rites of Mandolin" and THE CRUCIGERS, "Gospel Album". He lends stellar tracks to upcoming releases by both THE ALAN MUNDE GAZETTE and STEVE SMITH AND HARD ROAD.