But it was in Providence that Nadler got her start as a singer-songwriter, while attending the Rhode Island School of Design. After recording her first two albums on her own, she toured Europe, where Eclipse has wider distribution, and she found her largest audience. “I think there’s this exotic factor about an American artist in Europe, which made it more exciting or something.”
If she’s only now beginning to make a name for herself in the US, or even in her native New England, you can attribute that in part to the stage fright that plagued her early on and, she explains, led her not to seek out gigs on her own. She played only when she was asked. That’s not the way to break out in a scene as competitive as Boston’s. But the release of Songs III has forced her to get over her fear of the stage. Along with the usual solo shows, she nabbed a spot opening for Swedish indie sensations Peter Bjorn and John on a recent tour, after which she departed the US yet again for a string of early-October Scandinavian dates.
“This is the first record I’ve had on a label that is not extremely underground,” is how she explains the new-found interest in her music here in the US. (Entertainment Weekly gave Songs III a thumbs-up.) “The guy who put out my first two records on Eclipse is based out of Arizona, and he runs a mostly mail-order thing. Now the records are actually out in the record store, and that’s helped publicity.”
It’s also helped Nadler score more shows around town in rock clubs like the Middle East — a pleasing development. “It would be so great if I didn’t have to go to Europe every time I wanted to play a show,” she jokes. “So I am really excited that I’m finally getting a fan base in Boston. It’s encouraging, and it makes my parents happy.”
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