Our Story

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The Story of New Dustbowl by Nathan Swift

  "I started playing banjo back in 2011 because my friend Josh just put one in my hands and I miraculously just knew how to play it. I had recently come out of a progressive instrumental band. Because of this I found myself still trying to play progressive style tunes, but with a band comprised of traditional bluegrass instruments. We were called Stable Hands. When that band broke up, I didn’t play music for a few years. Aaron Gomes from Sound N Vision had hit me up to open a show with only 2 weeks notice. For some reason I agreed. I reached into my contacts and hit everyone up that I knew that played the kind of Instruments that I heard in my head. The first people to get back to me became the original lineup for New Dustbowl. After about a year the two guitar players and singers left the band. Travis Brooks, Mario Teixeira and I decided to continue on as a three piece. I took on the lead singer role I think due to the fact that Travis and Mario were in a handful of other bands at the time. It just made more sense to handle the songwriting, lyrics and vocals because we could make the most progress that way with the least amount of get togethers. After a couple of years playing as a 3 piece I found out that Chris Casarez was living in the area again and I reached out to him to see if he’d be interested in jamming with us. To my surprise he agreed to play with us even though he was unfamiliar with the style of music. Maybe he took us on as a project. Maybe as a challenge. I’m just completely fucking grateful that he did because he’s so goddamn talented. He made us sound a thousand times more full as a group. After about a year and a half, Suzaan Botha approached me at a show we played at Goldstein’s in Fresno. She told me she’d love to play fiddle with us. I went and watched her play with her Celtic band and knew immediately that I wanted her to play in New Dustbowl. I honestly think Travis and Mario were a little hesitant to add another member to the group. I persisted anyway and invited her to come jam with us. I’m 1000% thankful that I did because I think she was the final missing link to the sound I had envisioned from day one back in 2015. This band started in a pinch for time  Each new member joined in a pinch for time regarding upcoming shows.  That includes our newest member Jeremy Fatica on the stand up bass. Maybe that’s just the right chemistry needed to create this sound. That or maybe I’m just super fortunate to have the honor to play with such incredibly talented musicians that can just pick up and play. Either way I’m truly blessed to play music with each and every one of them. I certainly don’t want to pass up all the recognition that Travis Brooks deserves. Travis is a complete bad ass. He’s really the one who’s steered this band in the right direction. He’s handled just about 100% of booking all the shows and he has the vision and does what it takes to make it happen. He’s the real deal. Our Bandmaster. New Dustbowl would be nothing without him."  

The Band

Nathan Swift. Lead Vocals and Banjo

Nathan Swift: Banjo, Vocals

Christopher Daniel Casarez: Guitar, Vocals

Travis Brooks: Mandolin, Dobro, Vocals

Born and raised in Hanford, CA. Nathan Swift is the definition of bluegrass in the Central Valley. Lending his life experiences to his fans in lyrical form, Nathan embodies the spirit of a different time in Americana. Nathan has been in many different genres of bands. From progressive metal to punk and everything in between. He has found his true home and roots with a banjo in his hands. Nathan writes almost all the original works that are from New Dustbowl.

Travis Brooks. Dobro, Mandolin, Vocals

Travis Brooks: Mandolin, Dobro, Vocals

Christopher Daniel Casarez: Guitar, Vocals

Travis Brooks: Mandolin, Dobro, Vocals

 Travis Brooks is a multi-talented musician out of Hanford,CA. Travis has been playing music for most of his life and is proficient on many different instruments. He made the decision six years ago to quit his job and do music full time. He’s shared the stage with famed country musicians such as Clay Walker, Ely Young, Marty Stuart, Robert Earl Keen, Thompson Square, Lauren Alaina, Granger Smith and many others. You can see Travis perform solo or with his band, New Dustbowl as well as up and coming country singer JJ Brown

Christopher Daniel Casarez. Guitar, Vocals

Christopher Daniel Casarez: Guitar, Vocals

Christopher Daniel Casarez: Guitar, Vocals

Christopher Daniel Casarez: Guitar, Vocals

Chris Casarez was born in Fresno, CA and has been playing music for twenty four years. He has toured nationally and played in many different genres of bands, He does session work in a local funk group. Plays at a local church, He also teaches guitar, bass, and ukulele to students in the south valley.  He just recently started playing console steel guitar and is quickly developing a fan base. He is unique and gifted. He has an intuitive style that makes music flow from his fingers in a very special way.

Suzaan Botha, Fiddle, Vocals

Suzaan Botha: Fiddle, Vocals

Suzaan Botha: Fiddle, Vocals

Christopher Daniel Casarez: Guitar, Vocals

Suzaan Botha was born in Pretoria, South Africa. She moved to America at the age of six. She started playing fiddle at ten years old  when her mother bought her one at a yard sale for $50.00. She still has that fiddle to this day. 💛


When asked in a recent interview why she likes Roots and Americana music she responded: ”I love roots. I love old timey shit. My favorite type of music is sad music. Often roots/Americana/old time music is sad and about how hard life is. It tugs at my heart. I like music that makes me feel. I love classical music for this same reason. There is so much emotion to draw from. Playing the Roots and Americana styles also allows me to add more of myself to the music through improvisation. There’s something magical about sitting in a jam circle and passing a tune around till your fingers fall off. Plus, whiskey."


On top of being a fantastic fiddle player she is also quite an amazing vocalist. Singing lead on some of the covers New Dustbowl plays. She also teaches Viola and piano at a music school in Fresno, CA. Suzaan plays in two other bands besides New Dustbowl. She also plays in the bands Alternative Roots, and Celtic Alchemy Some of her fans call her the unicorn because of her unbelievable diversity. A truly gifted musician.

Jeremy Fatica, Bass, Vocals

Jeremy Fatica: Bass, Vocals

Suzaan Botha: Fiddle, Vocals

Jeremy Fatica: Bass, Vocals

Jeremy Fatica was born and raised in Visalia, CA in the heart of the Central Valley.  He plays all forms of instruments he can get his hands on. Dedicating his life to the study of how music effects emotions in peoples every day lives. He also has a background in vocals lending five part harmony to this amazing band. He has been in a wide range of bands and styles. He currently is also electric guitarist for CJ Green. A popular country artist.