Sunday, December 10, 2023

Brews & Tunes: Live Music Around the Historic Triangle this Weekend

Local singer/songwriter Nathan Lienard has spent the last 12-years playing deep cut covers and originals to a growing fanbase. (WYDaily/Ben Mackin)

HISTORIC TRIANGLE — Each week, WYDaily features a local musician, group, event, or venue as part of its Brews and Tunes! This week, Ben Mackin chats with local musician, Nathan Lienard

Who is that on stage?

Nathan Lienard is a workhorse of the local music scene. Several nights a week you can find him practicing his craft in restaurants and breweries all around Hampton Roads. During his sets he can win over almost any crowd with a solid mix of not often heard covers and originals with lyrics that make the listener think and feel.

Here are five fast facts about Nathan:

Q: What is your ideal room or venue to play in?

A: If I have got ten people who are really listening, to me that is more than fifty people drinking beer and talking. If there can be a room where you can connect with people, play your original songs and they really start to listen.

Q: What is your favorite guitar?

A: I’ve had a Martin HD-28 for about five years now. I’m starting to wear the wood out around the sound hole, so I’ve definitely banged on it a lot. One I would love to get is a Gibson SJ-200.

Q: Is there anyone around the area who you enjoy playing with?

A: I love any night that I can share the stage with someone like Billy Joe Daniel or Paul Todd. Those two guys can make the night. Two or three gigs afterwards when I am on my own it feels hollow because their parts are not there.

Q: What album or singer blows your mind?

A: There is a guy out of Georgia named Corey Smith. He was a school teacher who would only gig within an hour radius of his house, then after a few years he went to two hours and so on. Now my wife and I are going to up to Alexandria to see him play at the Birchmere. Now he plays all over and he has done it all independently. He writes his own songs. He is the one who inspired me to play out. Some of his early songs that I first got turned on to are why I started playing shows too.

Q: Where are you playing next?

A: Thursday, Feb. 10, 6 p.m. at Copper Fox Distillery901 Capital Landing Rd.

Friday, Feb. 11 at Brass Tap Williamsburg4904 Courthouse St.

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