Nathan Bell composed the music for The Day After Stonewall Died, a movie that was awarded first prize at the 2014 Cannes Short Film Festival. Son of famed poet-laureate of Iowa, Marvin Bell, Nathan’s early years were filled with the comings and goings of literary giants such as Kurt Vonnegut and Studs Terkel. He learned to write lyrics by reading Jack London, William Carlos Williams and Frank Herbert.
Nathan is known for his straightforward yet poetic lyrics, and expert musicianship. A master guitarist, Nathan often performs solo, allowing his instrument to turn his poetry to song, his metaphors to melody. Acoustic Guitar Magazine described his music as “rock-tinged country-folk,” his voice as “rustic, coupling the grain of Levon Helm with the gruff troubadour lilt of Kris Kristofferson.”