Nathan Bowles is a multi instrumentalist musican living in Durham, North Carolina. His work, both as an accomplished solo artist and as a sought after ensemble player explores the rugged country between the poles of Appalachian old-time traditions and ecstatic minimalist drones. Although recent recordings prominently feature his virtuosic banjo, Bowles is also recognised as a versatile drummer and he considers himself first and foremost a percussionist.
He and his bandmates, in the popular and critically acclaimed old-time group The Black Twig Pickers steep themselves in the local traditions of Appalachian folk, music and dance. Bowles has recorded, collaborated and performed with Jack Rose, Steve Gunn, Jake Xerses Fussell, Hiss Golden Messenger and others.