From Jewel, Switchfoot and P.O.D. to Tom Waits, Rocket From The Crypt and Andra Day, this fair city has produced more than its fair share of top talent over the years.
Here’s a look at Nancarrow, a local band that’s worth tuning into now.
About the band
Graham Nancarrow: vocals, guitar
Joe Weisiger: bass
Russel Hayden: pedal steel guitar, lap-pedal and harmony vocals
Ron Kerner: drums
Label: Currently independent
Biggest hit: “Smokey Tavern”
Worst day job: “I can’t say I’ve had a horrible day job, honestly. Not on record at least.” (Graham Nancarrow)
If it weren’t for music, I’d be: “Twenty pounds heavier and playing baseball.” (Graham Nancarrow)
Next local gig: April 15 at Belly Up (143 S. Cedros, Solana Beach).
Of note: Graham Nancarrow is the son of the late San Diego TV newscaster Loren Nancarrow. “We always talked about music, and my dad would quiz me and see if I could guess whatever song was on the radio,” he says. “He taught me a lot. He was a country-music DJ in New Mexico while he was in college, so he was pretty damn good at music trivia.”
“It’s not easy spilling your guts out onto a piece of paper and then singing it over some chords. I’ve learned that songwriting is a craft that takes hard work; and, often times, it’s painful. Sometimes the songs are therapeutic, like writing in a journal. I see it kind of like painting a picture for one’s ears instead of one’s eyes. I don’t want to paint a crappy picture, so to speak. So I reckon heart is what sets us apart. That constant drive to create and not to settle with mediocrity. A lot of people can play, sing and write, or press ‘play’ on their laptop and turn some knobs, and that’s cool. Good on them. One thing, though, if the heart ain’t there, that’s the first thing that shows. And, without it, there ain’t nowhere to go.”