Old Guitar

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“Old Guitar” is a love song about my guitar and dedicated to the artists who bring hope to others through creativity. The track was mixed by Grammy winner Marc Urselli (U2, Foo Fighters, Nick Cave) after I won a contest he ran to help artists effected by Covid 19. Thanks Marc!

“Old Guitar” brings to mind all the memories tied to playing shows, so I got a bunch of our friends involved.

The artists featured in the video are:

Peelander-Z, Jessie Bear, Middle Finger Punk, The Killigans, Black Swift, Dan Smith, Anthony Da Costa, Days N’ Daze, Here’s To The Life, Headnoise, Company Retreat, Billy Mack Collector, Little Spoon River, The Vicious Cycles, Dead Fucking Serious, Leper, Household, Singing Lungs, Insomniac Folklore, Believing In June, Brett Newski, Joel Kircher, Tanner Leon, Flatfoot 56, Jon Terrey, Seth Martin, Orion Walsh, Jason James & The Band of Black Hats, Orlando Greenhill, Dead Words, Jeff Suffering, Death Therapy, Bryan McPherson, Josh Lory & Vasco, Red Sweater Lullaby, Victor & Penny, The Electrics, Sef Idle, PFC Pierce, Crash Dog.

Song Credits:

Nate Allen: Guitar, Vocals, Tambourine, & Writing
Jon Terrey: Engineering, Guitar & Bass
Kris Rochelle: Drums
Michael Wright: Audio Preparation
Marc Urselli: Mixing
Haywire Recording: Mastering
Cover Photo: Two Hue Creative

The Making of a Saint: The Music of Good Saint Nathanael

Mockingbird wrote a lovely in-depth, article about the video for “Making Repairs”.

“Early on in the video, the songwriter is seen carrying around a wagon of his belongings including a neglected iPod (“I thought it would fix me, but I haven’t plugged it in in two years,” he confesses to God) as well as his guitar. As he hauls the wagon across farmland and goat pastures, it feels like it’s a cross to bear. It is an apt illustration for the often lonely life of a touring musician, let alone a Christian broken on the wheel of enoughness.”

Please check out the article or watch the video above.

Hands Held Together

Hands Held Together by Good Saint Nathanael. This is my first “new songs” since Hide No Truth.

Film via Social Distancing in Kansas City, MO’s Swope Park as an entry in the NPR Tiny Desk Contest.

You can purchase the track on bandcamp.

Video by Kerry Burrow http://www.kerryburrowphotography.com
Audio Capture by Two Hue Creative http://www.twohuecreative.com
Pink Painted Tree by Dylan Mortimer http://www.dylanmortimer.com/ https://www.kcur.org/arts-life/2018-08-17/for-one-kansas-city-artist-open-spaces-means-extra-room-to-breathe

Notes about the new song and video:

Tessa only agreed to let me film this if we were outside, socially distancing.

As parents, it’s been particularly hard to explain why we can’t go to playgrounds because of coronavirus.

Rest assured, this is not just about going out to swing but rather about loss & connection.

Some songs take years to develop. This is one of them.

2015. I wrote some of these lines.

2018. I took the track to a songwriting panel at Folk Alliance International where Tom Paxton and others have me critical feedback.

2020. The song returned around January when I was contemplating my core motivations as a musician. Lastly, the chorus tumbled out after a therapy session right before covid19 swept the nation.

Life and limb I’d give for a friend
I’d take a bullet welcome you in
Day turns to night lose or win
Everything’s over and starting again

Overextended, over it all
watching my friends as they start to free fall
I hate that it started, it hurts to recall
Winter and summer that turned into fall

I don’t know what to think about the future
past is all I’ve known

Thinking of good times, great connections
of hands held together being known

Hide No Truth Turns 1!!!

Hide No Truth turns 1 year old today. To my kids, these are “daddy songs”. To me, they are both a salve, and a reminder of seasons navigated THROUGH difficulty. At some point during the fall tour, last year I started saying Hide No Truth was a “Celebration of Survival”. I like that. I believe this marks a turning point in my creative road, a return in many ways to the solo-artists songwriting journey. This was a self-release, self-promoted affair. Thank you so much for creating space and listening to my rock n’ roll!

To mark the anniversary of its release here is a list of the press the album has gotten:

Articles / Premiers / Interviews:

Uncut Weekly Playlist: The “Lightning” video was included along with the likes of Kurt Vile, Lucy Dacus, Bob Mould, Patty Griffin, Edwyn Collins and Cass McCombs.

New Noise Magazine: “Hide No Truth embodies the notion of a performer bearing their soul on record, and like the best of its kind, it miraculously straddles the line between too personal and too damn relatable…”

The Pitch KC: On Hide No Truth, Nate Allen examines his ‘broken Christian religious experience.

Idioteq (Poland) – “an introspective masterwork”

Spinditty: “an earnest, melancholic, and impossible to forget album. Nate Allen has put the world on notice that he is a songwriter to be reckoned with.” & interview

A Diverse Sound: “a treasure worth reflecting upon time and time again”

HM Magazine: “It’s what being exposed to someone’s personal storyline should feel like: uncomfortable, familiar, and – ideally – inspiring.”

Bramonius: (Belgium) “It’s a remarkable and intriguing album.”

Eight One Sixty Interview: “This type of record….it rips your heart out and shows it to you as it’s still trying to pump blood”

Indie Vision Music: “Listening to this record makes one want to slow down a bit, be more intentional, love a little more, be kind to those around you.”

Phantom Tollbooth: “This is a brilliant set of songs, a tour de force of inner turmoil and restoration.”

Jesus Freak Hideout Review: “Hide No Truth is a humble, honest, and vulnerable album that deserves your attention.”

I Am Tuned Up: “an expression of both desperation and hope”

I Heart Local Music: “That feeling when you can see lightning flash across the sky but never hear the thunder? Allen captures that.”

The Bridge: “A deft, vulnerable work”

Leo Weekly: “Dark folk from Kansas City”

The Bozho: “mystic folk singer”

Rev Folklore Reviews: “a really rewarding listen”

The Bad Copy: Bombs Lyric Video Premiere: “With his new
endeavor Good Saint Nathanael, Nate ventures into quiet, very vulnerable new territory.”

Playlistplay: “The incredibly vulnerable Good Saint Nathanael strips back everything and leaves nothing but Allen, his guitar, and his thoughts.”


Urban Achiever
Dorkness To Light
Church & Other Drugs
Down The Line Zine
Shadow Scape Records
Bearded Hope Dealer
As The Story Grows
Down The Line Zine
Take 92 Podcast
This Is My Jam
The Hive
The Why
Ope! Radio

Live Video Sessions:

Upstate Sessions: “Coming Unglued”
Slightly Gigantic Media: “Everything That’s Lost”
thesongdayproject: “Bombs”

Year End Lists:

Best of The Bridge “Bombs”

Jesus Freak Hideout: Lucas Munachen (#6)

Phantom Tollbooth: Brian A. Smith (#1 – tied with T. Bone Burnett)

Sorry if I forgot anyone.

Good Saint Nathanael Daniel Johnston Tribute Show

Daniel Johnston Tribute Shows

The Story of An Artist: A Tribute To Daniel Johnston

Oct 27th
The Replay Lounge
Lawrence, KS.
5-8 PM

Rejected Unknown (A Daniel Johnston cover band with members of La Guerre)
CS Luxem
No Magic
Good Saint Nathanael

Proceeds will be donated to http://www.hihowareyou.org/ (Daniel Johnston’s mental health organization).


Step Out Into The Light: A Tribute To Daniel Johnston

Sound Machine KC Presents:
Oct 30th
The Record Bar
Kansas City, MO

La Guerre
CS Luxem
Good Saint Nathanael
Dylan Pyles
Unikron of Drop A Grand
Hospital Ships
Hillary Watts

Get Tickets!

Proceeds benefit the Midwest Music Foundation.