nate's music

Listen to Nate Allen's music including albums from Peter Karp & Sue Foley, Kristijan Krajnčan Ensemble, Friend Roulette, Scott Barkan, The Fine Machines, and more.

EP: Grow Younger by Friend Roulette

Don't miss Friend Roulette's new EP "Grow Younger"! Said Chris Deville on STEROGUM:

Their forthcoming Grow Younger EP is bursting with imagination; it’s the sort of record where dignified string arrangements bleed into gauche prog-rock synth lines and twee-inflected ballads bloom into psych stompers. So much is going on in these songs that it’s no wonder so many players are involved, but the music never feels too busy or undermines itself. Everyone seems to have bought into the same master plan, and the results are highly pleasant. Enter Friend Roulette’s expansive sonic realm below.

Like what you hear? Buy the EP on iTunes!

Friend Roulette is:
Matthew Flory Meade
Julia Tepper
John Stanesco
Kyle Olson
Tlacael Esparza
Nate Allen

All songs by Friend Roulette except "Kitty Song" by Matt Scheffer and Friend Roulette.

Produced and mixed by Jason Finkel. Engineered by Julian Fader and Carlos Hernandez. Recorded at Gravesend Recordings (Silent Barn).

Grow Younger by Friend Roulette © 2014 Copyright Goodnight Records

Album: Flightless Bird by Scott Barkan

In 2014, Scott Barkan released "Flightless Bird" featuring his original songs. Scott Barkan plays guitar and sings vocals accompanied by Nate Allen on bass, Ian Carroll on drums, and Daniel Clarke on organ and piano.

Like what you hear? Buy the album on BandCamp!

"Flightless Bird" is the sophomore solo record from NY based guitarist/songwriter Scott Barkan. Recorded over three days between Brooklyn, NY and Charlottesville, VA in the Spring of 2013, "Flightless Bird" captures Barkan's adventurous guitar playing and literate songwriting in a lush, full band context, comprised of mostly first takes and using minimal overdubs.

Though not deliberately conceived as a song cycle or concept album, the themes present in the title track - self doubt, feeling ill at ease with ones place in the world, and ultimate acceptance - run as an undercurrent throughout the record, filtered through a loose storyline of a relationship seemingly on its last legs.

Incredible original artwork provided by Portland, OR based illustrator Benjamin Dewey does even more to tie these ideas together, in a wordless story depicted throughout the packaging and disc art, only available with physical copies of the record.

Engineered by Ken Rich @ Grand Street Recording, Williamsburg, NY & Stewart Myers @ White Star Sound, Charlottesville, VA. Mixed by Stewart Myers @ Wishlist Recording, Richmond, VA. Mastered by Jamal Ruhe @ West West Side Music, New Windsor, NY. Produced by Scott Barkan.

Scott Barkan © 2014 Copyright Scott Barkan (700261389028)


Album: Distant Shores by The Fine Machines

In 2013, The Fine Machines released their debut album featuring original songs by Dan Piccoli. Nate plays upright bass, banjo, and sings backup vocals; Dan plays rhythm acoustic guitar, hand percussion, and sings lead vocals; and Jim Joustra plays lead electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and hand percussion.

Like what you hear? Buy the album on BandCamp!

Lyrics & melodies by Dan Piccoli. Arranged by The Fine Machines.

Songs recorded at Let 'Em In Music, Brooklyn, NY. Songs engineered & mixed by Nadim Issa at Let 'Em In Music. Mastered by Jim Joustra. Produced by The Fine Machines

Album Art: Jen Overstreet (
Fine Machines Logo: Chris Cyran (

The Fine Machines © 2013 Copyright; all rights reserved.


Album - Siberian Bear by Kristijan Krajnčan Ensemble

In 2012, Nate played double bass with the Kristijan Krajnčan Contemporary Jazz Ensemble and they released the album "Siberian Bear." Like what you hear? Buy the album on iTunes!

"Krajnčan's writing and arranging are evocative and unpredictable, creative yet engaging." -- The New York City Jazz Record

"A mightily impressive debut!” -- Bob Weir, Jazz Journal

“Kristijan Krajncan is, in the words of my mentor Art Blakey, “a new star on the jazz horizon”." -- Ralph Peterson Jr., drummer, composer and educator

"Music that grooves and takes the listener in unexpected directions, beautifully played - the Kristijan Krajnčan Ensemble should not be missed.” -- David Berkman, pianist, composer, educator

Siberan Bear by by Kristijan Krajncan Ensemble © Copyright Edict Records (5289000023515)

Album: He Said She Said by Peter Karp & Sue Foley

In 2010, when Nate was studying jazz at SUNY Purchase, Peter Karp and Sue Foley asked Nate to record with them on their first project together, He Said She Said, a blues album of an entirely different stripe. Like what you hear? Buy the album on iTunes or Amazon!

The songs, while firmly rooted in the blues tradition, range widely, even though most of them are sung duets. There’s the uptempo, acoustic, quick-step, shuffling, country-blues of Karp’s “Hold on Baby,” with some of his brilliant slide that is an encouragement to a friend having a difficult time. Foley’s beautiful, countrified rag “So Far So Fast” is a love song confessed as secret longing that features her gorgeous fingerpicking, Nate Allen's upright bass, Mike Catapano's skittering snare, and Karp playing a rickety upright piano. There’s some electric material hereto: Karp’s rocking “Wait,” with a B-3 and an electric bassline, and the pair's guitars trading licks. “Scared” is Karp's beautiful, nocturnal, jazzy track with a horn section, with lead vocals by Foley. The sexy “Mm Hmmm” is a duet that could appear in an erotic thriller with its walking, upright bassline and sensual poetry. Foley’s closing “Lost in You” is a ballad of such tenderness and wonder, it seals the album with a kiss -- especially with her nylon-string guitar playing. This is a risky and welcome recording (kudos to Blind Pig for the vision to release it) that asks modern blues fans to suspend their preconceptions and listen to the music as it evolves in this new century, and an album to make those fed up with blues clichés hear something truly and beautifully different.

He Said She Said by Peter Karp & Sue Foley © 2010 Blind Pig Records

Album: Treasure by Nicole Hart

In 2009, Nicole Hart released "Treasure" - it spent 15 Weeks on the Roots Music Report “Blues Weekly Charts.” I debuted at #14 On the Living Blues Charts and #3 BB King’s Bluesville, Sirius Satellite Radio. 

“The Blonde blueser cruises into Syracuse - This Georgia peach, currently touring in support of her CD, Treasure" (Blues Leaf Records) has a supple voice that can handle the many ranges demanded by the funk, jazz and rhythm'n'blues musical persuasions.” -- Sarah Hogan - Syracuse New Times

“Nicole sings her ass off, and she gets strong musical support from a group of New Jersey's A-listers, on "Treasure" her major label debut on Blues Leaf Records, she has captured all that Nicole Hart magic on one disc." ” -- Bruce Edwards - Sunday Night Blogspot

"Nicole Hart's new CD, Treasure, sends chills up & down my spine." -- John Tibbs - Detour Blues

Treasure by Nicole Hart © 2009 Copyright Blues Leaf