Hi, Nato Coles here, and still here. So far.
The last time I updated this website, it was late March 2020. Remember back then? Nobody had any idea how the future was going to unfold (not that anyone ever does, really), and nobody knew what form the pandemic would take. How many lives would be lost. How incoherent and incompetent our response to the pandemic would be. Specific to a band website/blog: nobody knew how music would look in 2020 (though we suspected live music was going to be a dicey proposition for at least awhile), nor how bands would survive and carry on. Nobody knew, but now we know, and we did survive.
In fact, the Blue Diamond Band played a couple shows outdoors late last year, in a friend's yard adjacent to a mosque parking lot, and the mosque was very happy to let people stand in the lot and see some live music, safely. Thanks, mosque (I won't reveal the name, just because, but trust me, they were very very cool)! And we've recorded some new songs and odds and ends (most notably our cover of Little Richard's "Rip It Up", which we humbly suggest was the song that got Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff elected in Georgia)(due to an issue with the rights to some of the music, the compilation is not currently available), which will one day see the light of day, I guarantee.
It was frustrating and. perhaps moreso, depressing that we had our new album Flyover come out in the late fall, and then begin dreaming of playing across the country and bringing our rock'n'roll action to our fans out there, only to have everything shut down. But perhaps, in 2021, some amount of road tripping might could happen with Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band? I'm betting on it. So, stay tuned, folks. We've got some plans, and we're very excited to tell you about them! I wish I could right now, actually, but with vaccines still going into arms, we're not quite ready to announce anything beyond our upcoming show at Palmer's in Minneapolis, on their patio stage.
So, keep yourselves healthy and safe, wear a mask or face covering when you're supposed to, and get those shots, people! For what it's worth, the Blue Diamond Band members are. And as always, be excellent to each other - we hope to see you soon!
-Nato Coles (& the Blue Diamond Band)
p.s. GO BREWERS!