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Five questions with Nate Currin of the Nate Currin Band
Nate Currin

Nate Currin Band
With Playside Stereo and Kimberly Clark

Where: Downtown Gainesville square
When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday
How much: Free
More info: Visit the band on MySpace

As the Nate Currin Band prepares for its latest album to be available in retail stores this month, the community has a chance to check out the band’s new tracks at a free show.

The concert on the downtown Gainesville square will feature the Nate Currin band, a five-piece Gainesville band, with special guests Kimberly Clark and Playside Stereo.

“Basically what we are doing, it is a community-wide show that all across the spectrum of schools, businesses, churches, everything,” Currin said. “We’ve got an opening act, Kimberly Clark; she’s playing at 6:30 p.m. and then a new band Playside Stereo, those guys will be playing around 7 or 7:15 p.m. And then we’ll be up around 8 p.m., and we’ll probably play until about 10 p.m.”

The band’s newest album is called “Songs for Magnolia” which is a follow up to “The Darkest Sea.”

We talked to Currin to see what he and the band have been working on and what is in store for the free show on the square this weekend.

Question: What do you and your band have planned for the show on the square this Saturday?

Answer: We’ll just do really a mix. I’ll do some acoustic stuff, we’ll do full band, rock stuff, we’ll just kind of do a real mix of genres and styles. We’ll do a mix of songs from every album: “The Darkest Sea,” “Songs for Magnolia” and even older stuff.

Q: What have you been working on?

A: I had a new album come out in April and it is called “Songs for Magnolia.” It is just a five-song EP, it has definitely taken off as far as my albums go. It is on about 135 radio stations now across the country, it is coming out in Best Buy this month, which will be the first album that I’ve done that will come out in a retail store.

Q: Why did you add a violinist to the band and nix the keyboardist?

A: I’ve had guest violinists in the past and I’ve always been on the lookout for a good violinist and she (Kelly Russo) kind of fell in my lap. I would still like to have the keyboard back and we may actually work the keyboard back in, in the next couple months between her and a couple of the other guys.

Q: What is your musical background?

A: I’ve been playing since I was about 7 or 8. I started on the piano and took piano for years, started writing on the piano and wrote a lot of music growing up but not many lyrics. (I) started writing lyrics in college, started playing with a couple of rock bands and playing guitar in college.

Q: What are three of your favorite concerts you’ve attended?

A: I’ve been to numerous amounts of Counting Crows concerts but probably one Counting Crows show at Chastain Park back five or six years ago. A band called Frightened Rabbit, they are out of Scotland, I saw them play in New York ... and then I would have to say The Flaming Lips in Athens.