Singer-songwriter and banjoist Nate Gusakov lives with his family in the mountains of northern Vermont. He started picking old-time clawhammer-style banjo 20 years ago, 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 projects at venues and festivals including Club Passim, Chandler Music Hall, The Little Theater, Higher Ground, Ripton Community Coffeehouse, Town Hall Theater, FlynnSpace, Spice on Snow, Spruce Peak Folk Festival, and many many others. He has shared the stage and studio with dozens of Vermont musicians including his dad David Gusakov, Jon Fishman, Jamie Masefield, The Bengsons, Moira Smiley, Lowell Thompson, Katie Trautz, Annie Voorhees, Rob Morse, Michael Chorney, Michael Roberts, Abby Sherman, The Suitcase Junket, The Sky Blue Boys, and so many more.
In addition to writing and performing music, Nate is proud to be a new faculty member at the Middlebury Community Music Center in Middlebury, VT teaching banjo to students of all ages.