|Tue 6 Nov 2012, 8:00pm|
Nat Col and The Kings modus operandi from the get go was to express a bluesy, firey, powerful sonification of freedom without traditional constraints. Nathan Cavaleri, who overcame childhood leukemia to become a household name as a child guitar phenomenon had racked up appearances on CNN, Conan O’Brien, Entertainment Tonight and Good Morning America (among many others) before his tenth birthday.
By the time he first met his Nat Col and The Kings partner-in-crime, Col Hatchman, Nat had already performed at the White House, shared a stage with Etta James, Bonnie Rait, Steve Cropper, Dr John, Joe Lewis Walker; played a festival with Rod Stewart, Chuck Berry, REM, Page and Plant, Sheryl Crow and Elton John, and toured the USA and Australia with BB King. Jamming with Col, though, was a lightning strike moment.
Drummer Hatchman, after relocating from Sydney – where he was one of the most sought after drummers in town - to Newcastle and joining Ausrock legends Screaming Jets for a bunch of national tours (one supporting KISS) began to look for something more challenging and rewarding. He found it on Day One when he dragged his battered body into the jam room with Cavaleri. “There was something about Nathan’s song writing that rang Big Ben bells. Our musical compatibility was nothing I have ever experienced before.”
“Col rocked up with two black eyes, collapsed cheek bones, high on Panadeine Forte,” laughs Nat. “From the moment he walked in with that big mischievous smile - which later I found landed him with the black eyes - I knew we were destined to play the world together.”
Before connecting with Hatchman, the still-young Cavaleri had removed himself from the limelight, gotten a more down-to-earth gig as a bricky’s labourer and was considering his next move when both jamming with Hatchman and an unexpected call from Deep Purple (guitarist Steve Morse asked him to jump on stage with them for a show on their 2010 Australian tour) reignited his guitar love, and facilitated a return to the stage.
Working up a bunch of songs and playing some under the radar shows, the duo enjoyed having “a revolving door of artists” filling out the rest of their live sound until they met bass player Kenny Jewell. “The revolving door was jammed shut by Kenny Jewell,” says Nat. “This cheeky little f*ck walked into the room, picked up the bass and started jamming with a riff Col and I were smashing out. He played a one note bass line. His choice was to play one f*cking note! It was gold. We had to have him!”
While Nat Col and The Kings’ first, eponymously-titled, EP garnered invitations to Byron Bay Blues Fest 2011 and saw them touring the east coast, playing the Indy, Apollo Bay Fest, Caxton Street Fest, Queenscliff Festival, Broadbeach Bluesfest and stacks more shows; the sophomore EP, Simple Things, debuted at No.1 on iTunes charts. Currently touring lead single, ‘Coming Home’ from EP number three, simply titled III, Nat Col and The Kings aren’t interested in putting their flight cases into storage, opting instead to release the EP and kick on with their first run of tour dates.
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