Nahko - My Name Is Bear


Nahko - My Name Is Bear

so many dear people helped me write and live these stories. the two summers i spent in alaska, half the winter in louisiana and the other half holed up in my van in portland, and then the first year in hawaii were transformational and pivotal to shaping me into who i am today. those 3 years before i met my mother would offer a reclaiming of my name, finding new faith and fever for my own spiritual connection to Creator, and discovering first love. these were just a few of the important discoveries for a young cub set on exploring the world and finding himself amongst the wild.


Be Here Now

i found Ram Dass's book Be Here Now in the extensive library at the farm. or was it in a box somewhere? i can’t seem to remember exactly where it found me. but, when it did it was exactly when i needed it. it quickly became my scripture. each page cradled my longing for a teaching that could ease me through the transformation i was experiencing. that old archetype dying. it wasn't long before I was able to begin applying the poetic mantras to my daily life.

of course, there's always some kind of muse whence the song came to me. there was a girl. she was a catalyst in the lessons of youthful, reckless love and the struggle of intimacy without expectation of commitment. be here now. enjoy the ride. don't tell anyone how to live their life, but know how you will live yours - with boundaries on an open road to courageous self-security.

the story in this song actually happened. when i listen to it now i grin. always trust the symphony in your head. love without limit, but when you find your edge - respect it.

i can still see that yellow school bus, the lettuce and basil, and that twinkle in my higher reflection as if to say ‘It's a long road ahead, kid. be present and kind. only good things can come of it.’


this song is a story about the right of passage from youth to adulthood. the feeling of carelessness and commitment. the energy of a first love. one could say this is an anthem for the young and reckless. we've all been there at some point... my wish is that you feel a side of me most people don't know. the person i was before i became nahko. i share these songs from the bottom of my bear heart and i hope you get to share them with your tribe.

2018 Tour Dates

2/28South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
3/1Northampton, MA - Pearl Street
3/2Portland, ME - State Theatre
3/3Providence, RI - The Strand
3/5Syracuse, NY - Westcott Theater
3/6New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall
3/8Norfolk, VA - The NorVa
3/9Charlotte, NC - The Underground at The Fillmore
3/10Charleston, SC - Music Farm
3/12Birmingham, AL - Saturn
3/13New Orleans, LA - Tipitina's Uptown
3/15Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall
3/16Ponte Vedra Beach, FL - Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
3/17Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
3/18St. Petersburg, FL - Reggae Rise Up, Vinoy Park
5/25Napa Valley, CA - BottleRock
6/22Bend, OR - 4 Peaks Music Festival 2018
6/30Atlanta, GA – Suntrust Park
7/13Toronto, Canada – Rogers Centre
7/14Detroit, MI – Comerica Park