The Nadas

The Nadas : Songwriting Session

Mike and Jason work on the last track of the Almanac project… with a bit of improv. Don’t know what Almanac is all about? You should probably check it out.

December 22nd, 2009

KCCI Des Moines, IA : The Nadas at Templeton Rye Distillery

KCCI Des Moines, IA : The Nadas at Templeton Rye Distillery : Full Article

July 15th, 2009

Steamboat Pilot & Today : The Nadas Chronicle 2009

Steamboat Pilot & Today : The Nadas chronicle 2009 as they approach 16th anniversary : Full Article

Steamboat Springs — When Mike Butterworth and Jason Walsmith, of the Iowa-based Americana rock band The Nadas, say they’re currently working on a record called the “Almanac” studio project, the timestamp isn’t an exaggeration.

“When we say currently working on it, I’m standing in front of a microphone where I’m supposed to be doing vocal takes,” Walsmith said by phone from the band’s studio, where The Nadas will lay down 12 tracks in 2009, one for each month.

Walsmith and Butterworth said they likely will play the songs already recorded for that project in a Thursday show at Ghost Ranch Saloon. Music starts at 9 p.m., and tickets are $8 in advance and $12 on the day of the show.

The Nadas started more than 15 years ago when Walsmith and Butterworth were in school. They shared …

June 19th, 2009

Storm Lake Pilot Tribune : The Nadas

Storm Lake Pilot Tribune : Nadas, Shawn Meyer and Tonic Sol-Fa join 3-day festival : Full Article

On Saturday the 17th, legendary rockers The Guess Who (“American Woman,” “These Eyes” and other rock n roll anthems) take to the stage with Iowa favorites, “The Nadas,” originally from Ames, with hits like “Dancing Lucinda”.) Showtime is 6:30 p.m., tickets are $15.
The Wild Rose Casino in Emmetsburg is upping the ante on entertainment for northwest Iowa this season.
The fun begins with a free concert May 22 featuring the Iowa Rock N Roll Hall of Famers The Rumbles. Showtime is 7 p.m. Must be age 21 or over with a Wild Rose Player’s Club Card.

Next up is the Championship Bull Riding and Barrell Racing Rodeo by local promoters Barnes Rodeo PRCA. The date in May 24, showtime 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for age 12 and up, $5 for younger kids.

On June 13 – …

May 13th, 2009

ZachIsHere : The Nadas @ Record Bar 03/27/09

ZachIsHere : The Nadas @ Record Bar 03/27/09 : Full Article

This past Friday Chris, Dustin, and I walked down the street to Record Bar to watch The Nadas. Chris and I first encountered The Nadas at Highlight Midwest from meeting the lead singer\guitar player Jason Walsmith. The Des Moines based group has been going at it for 15 years and that maturity came through in their show. I have seen a lot of great shows and talented groups at Record Bar but a lot of times you run into up and coming groups who are trying too hard and not just playing music, there is nothing gimmicky about The Nadas.

It all started pretty laid back and as the show went on the energy picked up. One thing that I really love in a group is good harmonies harmonies. The strong focus on clear vocals and great harmony was obvious. They …

March 31st, 2009

St. Joe : Maturity and Innovation – The Nadas

St. Joe : Maturity and Innovation : Full Article

Playboy magazine once called The Nadas “the best college band you’ve never heard of.” But in recent years, the Des Moines folk rock quintet has undergone a change. What’s the change, you might ask?

“A collective 40 pounds,” laughs vocalist/guitarist Mike Butterworth. “No, I think we’re just a little more mature now.”

As the former Iowa State students entered their 30s, the band’s lyrical content changed. With their 2008 album “The Ghosts Inside These Halls,” songs about hook-ups and hangovers were replaced by songs about family and finance. The album helped to expand the group’s Midwest fanbase, gaining both older and younger listeners.

“I think we’ve always been known as a college band,” says Jason Walsmith, the band’s other guitarist and vocalist. “Maybe we’re getting a little bit farther from our college days, but the kids still really like us.”

The Nadas have also been …

March 24th, 2009

Des Moines Register : Second Song of Year-Long Almanac Released

Des Moines Register : Nadas Release Second Song of Year-Long Almanac : Full Article

Jason Walsmith, frontman for Des Moines-based rock band the Nadas, recorded vocals last week for the band’s newest song, “Long Goodbye.” A mere couple days later the track was mixed, mastered and ready for an 8:45 a.m. debut during drive time on local radio station KPTL-FM “Capital” 106.3.

“Long Goodbye” is the February installment of the Nadas’ new album-in-progress, “Almanac.” It’s a year-long project in which the band creates and releases one song per month. The work will culminate in the band’s ninth studio album, to be released at about this time next year.

“I think that by spacing it out … it will give you a snapshot of the whole year,” Walsmith explained.

Every part of the artistic process is documented for subscribers to the Nadas’ Almanac Web site, The band (Walsmith, singer/guitarist Mike Butterworth, bassist Jon Locker, …

March 6th, 2009

Music Fog : The Nadas

Music Fog : The Nadas : Full Article

February 19th, 2009

The Nelson-Atkins Blog : Fashion and Fun – The Nadas

The Nelson-Atkins Blog : Fashion and Fun : Full Article

A rockin’ peformance by the Nadas got the dance floor hopping. Playboy magazine called them the “best college band you’ve never heard of” and they certainly earned that honor. They kept the crowd energized with their upbeat songs, strong guitar and jamming bass lines. My favorite part was their “snipit montage” which included songs by Michael Jackson and AC/DC.

January 26th, 2009

SoundSugar : The Nadas

SoundSugar : The Nadas : Full Article

If you’ve ever taken a road trip headed West on I-80 from Davenport to Council Bluffs, Iowa, you’d probably want the entire Nadas catalogue as your soundtrack. Come to think of it, the music of the Nadas would make an excellent companion for traversing the whole great big beautiful Midwest.

And with the addition of their latest album, The Ghosts Inside These Halls, you’ll probably want to bring them along on all your other journeys, too.

The Nadas’ own journey began in Ames, Iowa, in 1994. Like so many American bands, the Nadas started as a way for its members to pass the time between college classes. Unlike so many American bands, the Nadas outlasted their educations and rode a growing fan base to a genuine, honest-to-goodness career.

And what a career it has been. The Nadas are anchored by the twin vocals of Mike Butterworth and …

January 9th, 2009
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