Music

National Steel is my one-person recording project. Since 2006, I have released four records and an EP under that name that combine a wide range of American roots and retro pop influences into my own brand of indie cosmic Americana. In addition to writing all the songs and playing all the instruments, I also recorded, mixed, and mastered the National Steel records. Below is a introductory playlist.

Reviews

Review of Hiraeth at The Bandcamp Diaries: “A diverse collection of songs with a diverse and mercurial artist who has a lot to say!”

Review of Hiraeth at Stereo Stickman: “a stunning collection of original tracks … gorgeously organic … perfectly soulful and melodically skillful.”

Review of Threnody at Rock the Pigeon: “National Steel sounds unique and classic at the same time.”

Review of Threnody at Beach Sloth: “National Steel sculpts a soothing, classic psychedelic rock sound with the tenderness of “Threnody.” Sounding akin to a series of long-lost AM hits….”

“What’s perhaps most appealing about this artist is the earnestness and genuine feelings expressed. No cynicism, glibness, self-indulgence, wallowing, gimmicks or swagger – just a refreshing feeling of open-hearted, self-reliant, intelligent, reflective, old Americanism. And a great voice and musical ability to deliver the feeling.”

“National Steel has a respectable pop quality that hearkens back to a more carefree time where a little bit of wistfulness went a long way…and the pop sensibilities of Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, etc., were not too far past.”

“National Steel’s music has such a timeless quality to it.”

“Greatness in this genre is rare, since it is pretty easy to mimic and there are many people that are pretty good at it. National Steel, with the voice and lyrical nuance, seems to be the real deal.”

“It’s the lyrics that set National Steel apart. You don’t get cosmological poetry that fits so naturally in too many songs, particularly ones with a country shuffle. Upscales the whole thing.”

Links

For more information, see the National Steel website. National Steel’s music can also be found on: