Nate Myers and the Aces have been established in Central PA for nearly 15 years. They are professional, flexible, and easy to work with. Lead by vocalist Nate Myers and his harmonica, the band creates a loose, casual atmosphere in which everyone can relax and have a good time! Whether the audience prefers to sit back and listen or get up and “shake that thang,” there is something for everyone. Nate Myers is an excellent musician, songwriter, and performer – the consummate entertainer who keeps the audience’s attention throughout the entire performance. The wide variety of styles, energy and sincerity in his music allows him to fit into nearly any musical genre. On a typical evening, audiences can hear influences from many forms of American music – blues, funk, hip hop, rockabilly, country and improvisation. Nate Myers & the Aces take all these styles they love and weave them into a tapestry of their own.
Nate Myers has been billed with and on occasion, shared the stage with many national and regional artists such as Styx, Cheap Trick, Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Rick Derringer, Kim Simmons/Savoy Brown, Kansas, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, G Love & Special Sauce, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, Big Jack Johnson, Jason Ricci, Steve Guyger, Dennis Gruenling, E.G. Kight, The Nighthawks, Charlie Sayles, Bruce Katz, Billy Price, Carey Bell, Ben Andrews, Robin Trower, Rod Piazza, Luther Allison, E.C. Scott, Chris Thomas King, Michael Burks, Paul Rishell & Little Annie and many others.
The band can perform material appropriate for a family-friendly show, as well as a late night bar room crowd. Nate Myers and the Aces are able to perform a full night of all original music, cover songs, or a combination of both.
2002 Rise Above It
2004 The Lonesome Plowboy (Produced by Jimbo Mathus; guest performances by Jimbo Mathus and W.C. Handy award winner Big Jack Johnson)
2006 Merc Ace 13 Music Co. (Live performances from 2005-2006)
2010 Live On Derry Street (Digital only, free download through band website; live performances from 2009)
2013 It’s My Music
2006 In Our Backyard, Blues Society of Central Pa – A Blues Compilation (song “Porch Light”)
2007 Sit Back Relax (Acoustic; Nate Myers & Tom Rosencrans)
2014 Big City Blues Sampler #16 (song “Her Hand My Hand”)
“Chuck Taylor” (The Lonesome Plowboy, 2004) was featured in the independent film, “The Electric Fire Hydrant” (Last Exit Films, 2006), winner of the Excellence In Cinema Award for short film in the 2006 New York International Independent Film & Video Festival.
2006 – Represented Billtown Blues Association (Williamsport, PA) at the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.
“Porch Light” (In Our Backyard, Blues Society of Central Pa – A Blues Compilation, 2006) receiving airplay on XM Radio’s Bluesville show. “Buck’s Blues” (Persist, 2008) receiving airplay on the University of Pennsylvania’s NPR station, 88.5 WXPN.
The band was selected as a finalist in the Blues Festival Guide’s “Blues Artists on the Rise” and was featured in their e-newsletter (12/5/2008, Vol. 3, Issue 46).
2012 – Represented Blues Society of Central Pennsylvania (Harrisburg, PA) at the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.
“Sweet Romance” (Live performance by band) was featured in the independent film, “SoulMate: True Evil Never Dies” (HellFire Club Studio Pictures, 2014).
“Her Hand My Hand” (It’s My Music, 2013) was a finalist for Big City Blues Magazine’s “Coolest Blues Song of 2014”.
2015 – Represented Billtown Blues Association (Williamsport, PA) at the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.
I started playing the harmonica in 1992 after hearing a great delta blues style guitarist, Artie Renkle. He gave me a solid life education. After a couple of years of playing music together, he migrated to the Crescent City. After his exodus, I was blessed to begin a musical partnership with Tom Rosencrans. Tom is a master of many old time blues and Appalachian styles. He’s a great musician and a patient teacher. I did a wonderful stint with Eddie Trusky in Cruel 4 Days. At the same time, I was also doing some work with Lady Blue and the Tramps out of New Jersey. In 1999 I started playing with Blues and Gasoline from Williamsport, Pa. I learned a ton from these guys! In 2000, I moved from Northumberland to Harrisburg, Pa to start working with a fantastic Chicago style blues band, Krypton City Blues Revue. In 2004, after a trip to Clarksdale, MS to record with Big Jack Johnson, I decided to strike out on my own.
Since 2004, the band and I have played over a thousand shows in front of a variety of crowds. We’ve opened for Cheap Trick, Kansas, G. Love and Special Sauce, Johnny Winter, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Joe Louis Walker and many others throughout the years. I’ve played bigger festival shows for crowds of thousands, club dates, university shows, coffee houses, and intimate clubs. I’ve also done some television and movie work as well as guest work on other artist’s recordings.
So what does all this mean? Who am I really?
I’m a fan of music. I love lyrics, I’m moved by rhythm, I enjoy good singing and sincere expression. This is what I like to hear and this is what I want to deliver to you.
I’m a singer. I admire many singers: Otis Redding, James Brown, Sam Cooke, Johnny Cash and Lou Rawls. I don’t sound like any of them though I’ve borrowed from all of them. I can tell you this: I sound like me and I’ll give you all that I have inside.
I play the harmonica. I always loved the soul of the instrument and the emotion it conveyed in the sounds of Sonny Boy Williamson, Big Walter Horton, Jason Ricci, Carlos Del Junco, Paul DeLay and Sonny Terry to name a few. I use ideas from all over the place. I do some Little Walter material, some Sonny Boy, Big Walter, and a lot of myself. I’ve borrowed something from all these guys and more. I’m always striving to be a better player.
I am a song writer. I like to tell stories. Some personal, some folklore and some just for fun. I let the songs write themselves. It may be a country song, a soul song, a Latin feel, a blues or something else. I try to just let them be what they are. I don’t put up a filter, if it feels good to me I put pen to pad.
I’m an entertainer; I like to entertain a crowd but more importantly I want to have a conversation with them. I want the audience to have a good time while they’re under my care. I enjoy a good laugh and I enjoy a good conversation. I’m going to try to give them both.
When I’m not working on music I have many passions. I’m a huge fanatic of vintage cars and motorcycles. I don’t have a ton of time to work on them but I love tinkering in the garage. I’ve got a couple Harley’s, Triumphs, Yamahas and one lonely BSA. I also have an old 52 Chevy and a rickety old 64 Lincoln. I like to travel. I’m a fan of true crime and the paranormal. I’m also huge fan of movies and classic tv. I also love good food and good conversation.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me via the contact page. Do an interweb search. Check us out on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.
Much Love to you and yours.
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Pete has been playing bass with Nate Myers & the Aces since its inception in 2001. He has studied music since childhood and performed professionally for nearly 30 years. In addition to his role as bassist in the band, Pete also accompanies Nate on acoustic guitar in duo and trio performances. His musical influences include Big Jack Johnson, Grateful Dead, Paul Simon, Willie Nelson, among so many others. If pressed to name a favorite bassist, it would have to be John Paul Jones. Outside of his work with Nate, Pete can be found performing around Central PA with the Harrisburg Mandolin Ensemble (Mandobass). He is very active in the local live music scene and takes great joy in hearing original music of all styles. Pete has years of experience in the recording studio (session performance and production), musical theater, and private instruction.
At age 24, Jimmi Sexton left on his first North American tour with Delta blues legend Big Jack Johnson. Thousands of miles on the road provided an invaluable musical experience and life lessons not soon forgotten. While in Baltimore, Jimmi played regularly with area favorites Ursula Ricks, Big Jesse Yawn and Kelly Bell.
Jimmi is a singer of the highest caliber. He sings with soul and vocal range to spare. But wait there’s more… Jimmi’s not a one trick pony. He’s also a guitarist’s guitarist. Great tone and great chops are the order of the day!
Kenny studied music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, the US Naval School of Music at the Little Creek Amphibious Base in Norfolk, VA, and earned a bachelor of science in music education at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA. Kenny also spent two years studying with Jazz musician and educator Joe Morello at his studio in West Orange, N.J.
His career began in the U.S. Army Band at Ft. Monmouth, NJ, playing timpani, marching snare, mallet percussion, and drum set. Kenny currently teaches general music, instrumental music, and chorus.
His experience and knowledge of music afforded the opportunity to work for such artists as, The Cat Island Blues Band, Rosey and the Naturals, Krypton City Blues Revue, Andy Roberts, Larry Koch, Joe Mixon, Texas Sun, Beulah Mae, Automatic Slim, Julie Schreiber, as well as many others.
In 1999, Kenny worked with Grammy nominee, 7-time Handy Award nominee, and blues legend; Big Jack Johnson. This gig took him all over the US, Canada, and Europe. He also toured the Caribbean, the Panama Canal Zone, the Pacific Coast of Mexico, and Alaska’s Inside Passage, as a show band musician on Princess and Celebrity Cruise lines.
A native of Harrisburg, Chad has been playing drums in Central Pennsylvania and beyond for nearly 40 years. His passion began at the age of 8 and counts Steve Smith (Journey), Mean Willie Green (Neville Brothers), Johnny Vidacovich (various New Orleans bands), John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) and his son Jason among his biggest influences.
He plays with several bands in the Harrisburg area in addition to working as a stagehand at various theaters in Dauphin, York, and Berks counties.
Chad attended Cedar Cliff High School and currently resides in Lemoyne, PA.