American Nomad is a band fronted by singer-songwriters Hassan El-Tayyab and Shiloh Parkerson. Performing as either a duo or a full band at venues of all sizes, they keep Americana music traditions alive, performing tunes that are reminiscent of the days “when our country was first starting to form,” as Parkerson notes in this episode of Art School. Head into the studio with American Nomad as they share their approach to songwriting and performance, and the process of recording their debut full-length album, Country Mile, produced by Bay Area bluegrass legend Laurie Lewis. In addition to the interview, featuring footage from a performance in San Francisco, Parkerson and El-Tayyab also offer tips for learning how to sing with feeling, and how to compose a great tune.
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