Nate has been playing onstage for more than 26 years. A native of the south, Nate was born in Pensacola, Florida, and spent his childhood in New Orleans, Tacoma, Washington, and Clarksville, Tennessee. Nate’s earliest musical influences included country, classic rock and folk music. His parents played music around the house, from artists such as John Denver, Johnny Cash, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Pink Floyd. Nate picked up the guitar at the age of 12 while working on his grandfather’s tobacco farm, and his grandmother showed him his first chords. He also plays lead guitar, drums, bass, mandolin, banjo, piano and fiddle.
Nate was inspired by seeing his uncle play for many well-known country artists while growing up in the Nashville area, and counts live shows by Bryan White and Ray Lamontagne as particularly inspiring. Having played in various bands since high school, Nate started playing solo acoustic gigs in 2010, when he relocated to Seattle. Nate teamed up with fellow player Stan Fletcher to form Fletcher-Weakley, an acoustic duo that played around the Puget Sound area.
Nate later relocated to Cashmere, Washington, where he continued to play solo sets at area wineries and bistros. Nate can still be found playing these one-man gigs around Leavenworth when his schedule allows.