Goodbye Nate Wiley

Bob and Barbara’s will never again be the same, because Nate Wiley has died. Nate was the front man for the house band, Nate Wiley and the Crowd Pleasers, and he could be found playing his particular brand of “liquor-drinking music” several nights a week down at that South Street bar.

I remember the first time I heard him play. A friend had just started dating someone new, and he was a semi-regular down at Bob and Barbara’s. She planned a night where he’d be there with some of his friends and we’d come down as well, an attempt to blend social circles. Someone fought the crowd up to the bar and came back with an armful of PBRs. They distributed the cans and we sat back, talking and listening to the music. It was near Christmas time, and every so often, a holiday themed song would work itself into the rotation of blues-inflected-jazz that the band churned out. The relationship that brought me to Bob and Barbara’s didn’t last, but my appreciation for the bar and the house band has continued to go strong.

I am sad that Nate Wiley isn’t in our world anymore, but I also smile with appreciation, thinking back on the all the good times that his music was a part of.

For more about Nate’s death, check out Blinq’s post about him.

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