Banda Macho!

Banda Macho!
L to R: Sam, Mike, Luke, Nato, Matt

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

A Revue of Reviews of Flyover

Happy New Year, both Gregorian and Russian/Orthodox! (In my neighborhood, there are still plenty of people who celebrate both.) It's going on two months now since Flyover has been out, and reviews seem to have been very positive! Starting with the amazing longform from Faster and Louder blog, I've collected them here, in link form, and pulled a choice quote or two.

Use these links to impress your friends and family... and to impress UPON your friends and family that picking up a copy of Flyover (LP/download from Don Giovanni, CD from Rum Bar Records) is damn near mandatory if they like rock'n'roll! Cheers!

Faster and Louder - "Flyover demonstrates why I'm such a fan of Nato Coles and the Blue Diamond Band. It's an album full of memorable characters, compelling stories, and eternal truths - all presented in the context of great American rock and roll. This is an album that could be enjoyed equally by a Fest attendee and your (admittedly hip) grandfather. It's full of songs that remind us to savor the remarkable moments in our lives and take the time to get to know the people we encounter in this world."

Also Faster and Louder put Flyover in their Top 25 albums of 2019, and the band in general made their Top 10 bands of the 2010s!

New Noise Magazine - "...there are few modern groups playing today that can nail such a brilliant mix of classic and current guitar rock. The fact that the lyrics are as impressive as the music is a bonus."

Jersey Beat Magazine - "...ageless heartland throwback Nato Coles sings for the heroes, the outlaws, and the working men and women who like their rock loud and proud. A+"

And we made Jim Testa's Top 10 of 2019, woohoo!

Maximum Volume - "To brass tacks. Imagine if the Hold Steady were jamming with Thin Lizzy and Springsteen and The E. St Band. That’d be the best band in the world, right? Brother, put “Under The Flyover” on and tell me I am lying.

(That would be a pretty damn good band! - ed.)

Voix de Grenoble - (this review is in French, so sorry but no pull quote this time! You'll have to translate it yourself. De rien.)

Stay free, friends,


Monday, December 2, 2019

Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band on tour!

Hey, y'all! We're hitting the road to the Northest US and back to spread the Flyover gospel the only way we know how - check out the list of tour dates, and if you don't see your city zone mentioned, be advised that we will be making every effort to visit you in 2020. Allright!

Wednesday 12/4 - Chicago, IL - The Owl

Thursday 12/5 - Pittsburgh, PA - Howler's

Friday 12/6 - Long Island, NY (Bethpage) - Mr. Beery's

Saturday 12/7 - Asbury Park, NJ - House of Independents (opening for The Ergs!... this show is sold out, apparently)

Sunday 12/8 - Queens/NYC, NY - Windjammer

Monday 12/9 - Boston, MA - O'Briens

Tuesday 12/10 - Rollinsford, NH (near Dover) - Sue's

Wednesday 12/11 - Baltimore, MD - The Sidebar

Thursday 12/12 - Columbus, OH - Cafe Bourbon Street

Friday 12/13 - Cincinnati, OH - Northside Yacht Club

Saturday 12/14 - Carbondale, IL - PK's

Sunday 12/15 - St. Louis, MO - Fubar

All shows start at rock'n'roll thirty o'clock pm. Any more details you need... use The Google (tm)! Or an alternate search engine of your choice.

We'll have copies of Flyover on LP and CD for sale, along with a few other merchandise items you'll dig! OK SEE YA LATER,


Tuesday, October 1, 2019


HUGE NEWS: Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band are happy to announce that our second full-length studio album - Flyover - will be released to the world on Friday November 15th of this year!

That wonderful front cover was painted by the incredible Pierrette Montone, and we are so floored by how it turned out. (That's Cranberry in the fringed jacket!)

It's a ten song LP, five per side. Right now, we're streaming our first single off it: L.P.'s Yard, a song concerning the metaphorical afterparty at the end of the universe (or at least Gainesville Fest). You'll wanna check that out TODAY...

Flyover will be a Don Giovanni Records release - DG-181 if you want specifics. You can preorder it on vinyl or any digital platform here, as well as find it out our own bandcamp page. I say act fast! Supply is limited! But of course, you'll be able to pick it up from the best record stores (as well as our merch table at shows) after November 15th. A version will be released on compact disc in the near future as well, via Rum Bar Records (the label we've worked with for CDs before).

Don Giovanni is one of the best indie/punk/whatever labels around, having released amazing records for many years now for artists and bands such as Screaming Females, Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires, Mikey Erg (hi Mikey! We can see you from across the discography!), Sheer Mag, Laura Stevenson and the Cans, Dusk, and more, going all the way back to the early-mid 00's when I happened to meet a bunch of funny, amazing weirdos in a band called The Ergs! from a town called New Brunswick, New Jersey*. Ahh, glory days, well, they'll pass you by... but then you wind up on the same label as the guys who used to be in The Ergs!'s new bands, and hey, what's new?

(*technically I think we met in Chicago at the Fireside Bowl? And technically I think they were from places like Old Bridge, Sayreville, Perth Amboy, maybe Newbridge NJ... you tell me, Joe, Jeff, and Mike)

Here's the complete track listing:

1. Under The Flyover
2. L.P.'s Yard
3. Michelle Of The City
4. Phoenix, Arizona (1989)
5. Milo And The Bars
6. Demolition MAn
7. Standing On The Corner Alone
8. The Roadrunner
9. Disposable Camera
10. The Avenue Of The Saints

We are SO excited for you all to hear this thing! In the way that happens, we probably took a little too long between the making the first 95% of the record and the final 5%. But I guarantee you, we stuck the landing, and on November 15th you will know what I'm talking about! (There's going to be a second single in a few weeks' time as well. Did I just bury some kind of lede? Eh, who cares.) Note that this record was made by the lineup of the band from 2017, which means our current bassist Matt didn't play on it - Bill Rohla handed bass duties, and we thank him for that. And that's why there's an image of Bill in Pierrette's great painting, not Matt!

The record release party is Saturday November 16th at the Hook and Ladder in Minneapolis. That'll be followed by regional shows, and then a tour to the northeast and east coast in December, so we'll keep you posted and you stay tuned allright? Allright! Cheers, everybody! See ya soon,

Nato & the BDB