Nathan McLaren Stewart

Nathan McLaren-Stewart is a freelance journalist and photographer based in Brighton, England. Alongside writing, Nathan runs Bad Luck Magazine and is fuelled by coffee and Mexican food.

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LONG READNathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats: Hell of A View

By Nathan McLaren Stewart, November 2, 2021

Bursting with soul, honesty and hope - three things he's been holding close to him these past couple of years - Nathaniel Rateliff prepares for the release of The Night Sweats new album, The Future.

Holler Country Music

GUIDEA Guide To: Outlaw Country

By Nathan McLaren Stewart, April 5, 2021

Nelson, Jennings and Kristofferson set out to change country music's future in the early 1970s. The result of their work, now some 50 years on, is still prolific in paving the way for Nashville and country music as a whole.

Holler Country Music

INTERVIEWIntroducing: Riddy Arman

By Nathan McLaren Stewart, September 13, 2021

For Riddy Arman, songwriting is therapy; from when she started crafting songs in her early twenties to today, writing has helped her find a meditative state when the going gets tough.

Holler Country Music

ALBUM REVIEWTodd Snider - First Agnostic Church of Hope and Wonder

By Nathan McLaren Stewart, April 23, 2021

First Agnostic Church of Hope and Wonder is a rebirth for Todd Snider. It’s not so common for an artist to change direction 18 albums in, but then there’s really nothing that common about Snider’s new release.

Pearl Charles

INTERVIEWCuts, The Deepest: Pearl Charles

By Nathan McLaren Stewart, February 1, 2021

Following the release of her sophomore album Magic Mirror, L.A's Pearl Charles picks five of her favourite and most evocative songs of all time for Cuts, The Deepest.

Holler Country Music

INTERVIEWOne Hot Minute: Lord Huron

By Nathan McLaren Stewart, May 28, 2021

Ben Schneider shares the inside scoop on Long Lost, discussing nostalgia, personal reflection in songwriting and the art form of concept albums.

David Crosby

INTERVIEWIn Conversation: David Crosby

By Nathan McLaren Stewart, July 28, 2021

While his new record comes with influence from great musicians, it's ultimately yet another example of how David Crosby’s definitive, ethereal musicianship is still very present in 2021.

Album cover for Pearl Charles album Magic Mirror

STAFF PICKSPearl Charles - Magic Mirror

By Nathan McLaren Stewart, January 15, 2021

Filled with infectious, 70s-kissed sounds and lucid journeys of self-discovery, Pearl Charles' second full-length record is a 10-track trip through heartbreak and fragility - with an added dose of country disco.

Tonstartssbandht - Petunia Album Cover

ALBUM REVIEWTonstartssbandht - Petunia

By Nathan McLaren Stewart, October 22, 2021

On paper, Petunia should be a somewhat challenging listen, but it’s the total opposite of that. It’s a record with so many interesting qualities that, when put together, becomes an engaging and deeply enjoyable LP.

Holler Country Music

ALBUM REVIEWAmy Speace - There Used To Be Horses Here

By Nathan McLaren Stewart, April 30, 2021

It’s clear that crafting There Used To Be Horses Here was a therapeutic process for Speace, one in which she found space for emotional expression and, from that, a sense of healing.

Holler Country Music

GUIDEA Guide To: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

By Nathan McLaren Stewart, May 11, 2021

Though each hold their own weight and influence on contemporary music, when put together, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills and Neil Young created unwavering magic.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

INTERVIEWOne Hot Minute: Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

By Nathan McLaren Stewart, June 25, 2021

Full of candour and backed by some of the Promise of The Real’s finest playing yet, Nelson comes into his own with authentic and genuine emotion, the same authenticity he shares across the call today. His tone is pensive but happy; it’s evident that he’s come to terms with what it means to be Lukas Nelson.

Holler Country Music

GUIDEA Guide To: Murder Ballads

By Nathan McLaren Stewart, March 2, 2021

Murder is a topic that’s found its way in all genres, but in country and western, it’s become a rite of passage for musicians to cast their gaze upon the gallows and lend their voice to a haunting ballad. But how did the tradition really come about?