A wonderfully eclectic mix of rock and funk, sweet ballads and dynamic protest anthems, the Brian Nahlen Band includes five accomplished musicians who blend original music and reimagined covers into every show. The lineup features frontman and guitarist/singer Brian Nahlen, guitarist Jason Lee Hale, keyboardist Tommy Priakos, bassist Brian Wolverton and drummer/percussionist Patrick Lindsey.
Nahlen is an Arkansas Ambassador for Arkansas Parks and Tourism. His original music has been called “finely crafted, soulful, deftly fuses funk, jazz, gospel, pop and hip hop.” The Band’s live performances showcase each player’s forte, and no two gigs are the same. one notable 2018 performance was at the Central Arkansas Music Awards.
Nahlen has released three albums, “Better Than I Thought It Could Be” (the title track was featured in an Arkansas Parks and Tourism commercial), “Cicada Moon” and “hiding behind blue skies” and five singles: “I Might Be Leavin’ (feat. Big Piph),” “In the Old Days,” “You Fool,” “I Won’t Yield,” “Beautiful Child (feat. Genine LaTrice Perez),” and “We Are the Enemy (Feat. Steve James Indie).” All of these are available on Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal and other streaming services. Nahlen will continue to release new music.
Nahlen is known as a social activist and often is asked to play benefit shows, which in 2018 alone helped radio station KABF, Puerto Ricans in Arkansas (Nahlen coordinated this), The Van, RAICES (Reuniting Immigrant Families), the Buffalo River and Animal Village.
Nahlen started playing guitar 33 years ago and has been a full-time musician for the last 21. He regularly performs alone, in his namesake full band or in a duo with Jason Lee Hale, or Nick Devlin. Past stints include Dead Fish, Sunny Daze, Big John Miller Band, Quadraphonic and Pepperland.