James Nash (musician)

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Background information
Birth nameJames Nash
Born (1973-06-14) June 14, 1973 (age 50)
Durham, NC, U.S.
  • Americana
  • Rock
  • Bluegrass
Occupation(s)Musician Singer-Songwriter
  • Guitar
  • Mandolin
  • Singing
Years active1992–present
Associated actsThe Waybacks
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CitizenshipUnited States Of America

James Nash (born June 14, 1973) is an American guitarist and singer best known for his work with the band The Waybacks. In 2017, Nash was listed among "50 of the best acoustic guitarists of all time" by Guitar Player magazine.[1] He is an Artist Ambassador for the Santa Cruz Guitar Company.[2]


Nash has performed with self-described "acoustic mayhem" quartet The Waybacks since 1999,[3] including collaborations with Bob Weir,[4] Joan Osborne,[5] Sam Bush, and Jens Kruger.[6] Nash has also performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center,[7] and with the Chattanooga Symphony.[8] In 2011, Nash released an instructional DVD Making the Acoustic Guitar Rock! on Homespun.[9]

Guitars and equipment


Nash's primary acoustic guitar is a 1990 Santa Cruz OM built from Sitka spruce and Indian rosewood, amplified with an L.R. Baggs LB6 undersaddle pickup and DPA 4052 lavalier microphone.[10] The guitar has a replacement neck built by luthier Richard Hoover.[11] Nash also plays a Fender Stratocaster[12] and a Collings MT-1 mandolin.[13] He endorses D'Addario strings, using .013-.056 phosphor bronze acoustic and .010-.046 nickel wound electric.[14]

Other equipment

Nash has employed a MacBook Pro running Logic as his amplification system for touring, which is unusual for an acoustic performer.[15][16]


The Waybacks

  • Devolver (2000)
  • Burger After Church (2002)
  • Way Live (2003)
  • From the Pasture to the Future (2006)
  • Loaded (Compass, 2008)
  • Hillside Album Hour 2008: Led Zeppelin II (2009)
  • Merlefest Watson Stage w/Special Guests (2009)
  • Hillside Album Hour 2010: Abbey Road (2011)
  • Hillside Album Hour 2011: Eat A Peach (2012)

As producer

  • The Waybacks, Secret Stage Mixes Vol. 1 - 3 (2009)
  • The Waybacks, Hendrix on the Hillside (2013)
  • The Waybacks, After The Flood (2014)
  • The Waybacks, Deja View (2015)
  • The Waybacks, Back in the USA (2016)
  • The Waybacks, Birdsongs (2017)
  • The Waybacks, With A Lotta Help From Our Friends (2018)
  • The Waybacks, Full On The Hill (2019)
  • Mokai, The Jaybird Said (2019)


  1. "50 of the best acoustic guitarists of all time - By Art Thompson". guitarplayer.com. Retrieved 2020-12-03.
  2. "OM - Orchestra Model". santacruzguitar.com. Retrieved 2020-12-03.
  3. "The Waybacks - Band". waybacks.com. Retrieved 2020-12-04.
  4. "Weir, Waybacks make beautiful fusion at the Sierra Nevada Big Room". marinij.com. Retrieved 2020-12-04.
  5. "Born In The USA: The Waybacks' Hillside Album Hour, MerleFest, April 25, 2015". nodepression.com. Retrieved 2020-12-04.
  6. "MerleFest 2017: 11 Best Things We Saw at the Roots Music Festival". rollingstone.com. Retrieved 2020-12-04.
  7. "The Mann - What Summer Sounds Like" (PDF). manncenter.org. Retrieved 2020-12-04.
  8. "The Waybacks headline with the CSO". timesfreepress.com. Retrieved 2020-12-04.
  9. "Homespun - James Nash". homespun.com. Retrieved 2020-12-04.
  10. Scott Nygaard (October 2008). "James Nash: What He Plays". Acoustic Guitar. No. 190. Archived from the original on 24 August 2008. {{cite magazine}}: |archive-date= / |archive-url= timestamp mismatch (help)
  11. "Building The Guitar You'll Keep". wired.com. Retrieved 2020-12-04.
  12. "50 of the best acoustic guitarists of all time - By Art Thompson". guitarplayer.com. Retrieved 2020-12-03.
  13. "Songs for Sophie: A Collings Collective CD". flatpick.com. Retrieved 2020-12-04.
  14. "D'Addario - James Nash". daddario.com. Retrieved 2020-12-04.
  15. "Real-World Rigs From Acoustic Guitar - James Nash". youtube.com. Retrieved 2020-12-04.
  16. Michael Ross (August 2008). "James Nash". Guitar Player. Vol. 42, no. 8. Archived from the original on 21 August 2008. {{cite magazine}}: |archive-date= / |archive-url= timestamp mismatch (help)

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