Nathan Rigney grew up in Houston, Texas, with his parents and younger sister Julia. He started playing the violin when he was 5 years old and has gradually learned other instruments along the way. He played the viola in the Texas state youth orchestra in 1996 and 1997, and played in Carnegie Hall in New York City in 1998. When he was a sophomore in high school, he started playing the guitar and has been playing in a band ever since.
Nathan graduated from Stratford High School in Houston in May of 2002, and then entered Texas A&M as a 4th generation Aggie and met his roommate Clint Bracher. Not long after they formed the acoustic duo of Emory Quinn. For the most part Nathan plays lead guitar for Emory Quinn, but as you can see on the album credits for their first two CD’s he has mixed it up by playing a around 10 other instruments as well, and that only scratches the surface.
“Our band is unique in the fact that each member has come from a different musical background and style, which makes our genre of music very hard to pinpoint. I came from a very classical background when I was younger and started playing blues and jam rock when I picked up the guitar. Some of my favorite artists range from Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn to The Grateful Dead and Widespread Panic and even as far as Radiohead and Sigur Ros. My life would not be the same without playing music both live and in private. Being able to play with the members of Emory Quinn has been the highlight of my last four years and will hopefully continue on into the future.”