Life’s big themes – love, loss and heartbreak among them – thread through Portland singer-songwriter Nate Botsford’s 2014 indie release Hourglass. The lyrics, which can lean toward the melancholy, are meant to reflect experiences listeners themselves have had. That said, DJs at Portland radio station Kink FM, which has three of its tracks in rotation, have described Hourglass as a feel-good album, the tunefully acoustic sort you might add to a road-trip playlist or queue up for a lazy Sunday afternoon.
In 2015, he landed one of two finalist spots in the Aloft Hotels’ Project Aloft online songwriting contest, which attracted nearly 1,000 entrants and was judged by producers from Nashville and L.A. Botsford’s prize included a mentoring session and opening slot with Ingrid Michaelson in New York, with a 25-city solo tour to follow in 2016. Shortly after that victory, he was booked as an opener for Napa’s Live in the Vineyard show on a bill with acts including James Bay & Michael Franti.