The music of Nathan Stickman reflects many things about a musicians life that are both glorious and maddening. In his most recent album, Just Passing Through, Stickman displays his ability to construct cohesive concepts and prevailing patterns of life.
The 11-track recording begins with a title tune that sparks one of the overwhelming ideas of the albumendless road trips and somewhat aimless travel in search of the hazy ideal of finding oneself.
This is my home on wheels, would you like a ride? Im just passing through, this town and I guess this life, sings Stickman. The chorus to the opening track gives a clear example of his frequent use of the road/life metaphor, which, while it is an age-old concept, rings true even in the present day.
Stickmans sound combines elements of folk and country with radio-friendly rock that is reminiscent of Jeff Tweedys Uncle Tupelo. His ability to play multiple instruments, such as mandolin, banjo and resonator guitar on Just Passing Through solidifies him as a local musician whose diversity and heartfelt songwriting enables him to connect with his listeners while maintaining a grounded, honest sound.
— Arizona Daily Sun