Reviews of 'Many Mountains' EP:
"...an excellent collection of folk and blues." - WRUV FM
"...introspective, emotional and eclectic music...a kaleidoscopic vision of folk fusion." -Chris Farnsworth, Seven Days
"The workingman’s lyrics are perfectly complemented by soulful female backing vocals and a terrific B3 solo...the album breathes with life." - divideandconquermusic.com
Reviews of 'Regeneration' album w/Last Train to Zinkov:
"...several strands of traditional music meld into a coherent whole that could be the start of a trend in the way fiddle and clawhammer banjo interact." -The Rutland Herald
"What the Gusakovs bring to “Regeneration” is an ability to translate the sadness of the immigrant experience, even two generations beyond leaving the village of Zinkov, to an American aesthetic through old time music." - Art Edelstein, Barre Times-Argus
Singer-songwriter, banjoist, and Astrology Days Records recording artist Nate Gusakov lives with his family in the mountains of northern Vermont. He started picking clawhammer-style banjo when he was 20 years old, and he still does so with glee whenever the right porch or campfire presents itself. Recently he’s begun exploring new directions in sound, wielding a solid-body electric banjo transmuted through pedal board and vintage tubes into a 5-string axe with capabilities that range far beyond his usual open-backed acoustic instrument.
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What’s the genre? Well, it’s folk music. Songs about the lived experience, both real and imagined. Neofolk when they’re dark and honest, blues rock when they’re gritty and loud, experimental old-time when they’re just a fiddle and banjo bouncing happily along some old path by a creek, then darting suddenly off into an acoustic sonic wilderness... Maybe Greg Brown x John Hartford x Led Zeppelin x Mark Knopfler?
Nate has performed from Alaska to Maine, both solo and with various bands at bars, weddings, listening rooms and festivals. He has shared the stage and studio with dozens of Vermont musicians including his dad David Gusakov, Jon Fishman, Jamie Masefield, Pappy Biondo, Moira Smiley, Lowell Thompson, Katie Trautz, Annie Nessen, Robinson Morse, Michael Chorney, Michael Roberts, Abby Sherman, The Suitcase Junket, Banjo Dan Lindner, and so many more.
In addition to writing and performing music, Nate is proud to be a faculty member at the Middlebury Community Music Center in Middlebury, VT teaching banjo to students of all ages.