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"His Left Side"

The cover picture is of Claudiia and her father riding in the Elk Grove Western Festival parade. Claudia on Misty, Dad on a horse called "Dan" by Claudia's sister, but called "son" by her father. No wonder the horse got confused about where he was going! This is probably Claudia's most requested song. Have a tissue handy.



"Prairie Fire"

Filmed November 23rd, 2016 at the Folk Alliance Regional Midwest conference. This song was inspired by one of Claudia's best girlfriends. An appaloosa named Misty Starlight.


Claudia Nygaard is the daughter of a California rancher and his city slicker wife. Growing up believing that cowgirl boots are appropriate footwear under a ball gown, she straddled the fence between country and urban life in comfort. It is not surprising now, that her music with it's roots in the adobe clay of the San Joaquin Valley, should marry with lyrics that tell stories about TV western heroines, wide open spaces, well loved horses and even better loved cowboys. Delivered by a strong and sensual alto voice, her riveting storytelling is unabashedly intimate, often irreverent, frequently incisive, and sometimes joyously silly.

As a salaried staff songwriter on Nashville’s Music Row, Nygaard learned her craft well. Her last CD “Let The Storm Roll In” rose to #1 on the Cashbox Roots/Country chart and #8 on the Folk DJ chart with EVERY song receiving airplay. “Storm” was also highly praised by the press. It received five stars from Americana benchmark “Maverick” magazine, and legendary folk music magazine “Sing Out” claimed the songs“ rival the likes of Guy Clark or Ian Tyson”.

Claudia tours tirelessly, and has torn up the highways of all 50 states and nine foreign countries. She has appeared at over 200 fairs & festivals, including the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas where she won the Grassy Hill songwriting competition, and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in New York where she was chosen an “Emerging Artist”. Endorsements from merchandisers attest to her strength as a guitarist, and she accompanies herself in performance on a Tacoma Jumbo acoustic guitar, an Eastman hollow body archtop electric, and her tiny but bravado-drenched ukulele.

"Miss Kitty"

Live show January 31, 2016 benefiting "A Promise For Haiti" which supports nurses being sent to Haiti to care for those in need. This was a multimedia show, with several of Claudia's songs visually supported. The "Gunsmoke" footage seen here was created by Kitnkaboodle. She has an entire youtube page dedicated to Amanda Blake!

"Horsing Around"

Age 9, with dog Jet

Misty Starlight
Feeding Time with Dad & Red Dog



"Few solo artists can capture a festival crowd and isntantly turn them into an attentive audience. Claudia Nygaard is one such singer/songwriter. Her songs range from heartwarming to whimsical, and are woven into an engaging performance hard to match (0r equal) as she straddles all genres in contemporary acoustic music." Tom Barrett, Black Hawk Folk Festival, Wautoma, WI

“I am continually amazed by the emotions she can evoke; heart wrenching I cry every time, to a social statement which could be a call to action or at least some inner searching, to sexy and funny that leaves everyone in the room delightfully joyfully heated. She is a pleasure to work with and gives her best every time. Always delighted to have her at Kerrville!” Dalis Allen, Producer of the Kerrville Folk Festival, Kerrville, TX

"Several of her songs made us cry, and several made us laugh until tears fell. I highly recommend Claudia for a concert - you, and your audience, won't be sorry!" Blair Larsen, Bridger Folk Society, Logan, UT

"Claudia was a smash hit with our audience.  Her songs, her stories, her charming wit, and her engaging personality combined to provide all of us with a wonderful evening of entertainment."  Kelson Slayman "Folk at the Cannery", Dataw Island, SC

"A number of folks approached me after the show and said they thought she was the best performer to appear  in our series to date. That is really saying something!" Herb Goslin, Folk At The Landings, Savannah, GA

"Claudia Nygaard is a stunning singer/songwriter who is just as adept at telling a story as she is at singing a song. With her warmth and wit she has a way of connecting with the audience as few performers do." Valerie Birk, Edgars Coffeehouse, Chicago, IL

"The Old Sloop Coffeehouse audience loved Claudia Nygaard! Her heartfelt songwriting and engaging stories moved the audience from laughter to tears. Celene & Geoff Lyon, Old Sloop Coffeehouse




As a duo, Claudia performs with highly acclaimed multi-
instrumentalist Moe Dixon. Moe's virtuoso musicianship extends to
ukulele, guitar, banjo, dobro, and cello. For larger venues they add
upright bass. The two share such an undeniable respect for each
other that they don't just make music, they make magic and their
joy in performing together is contagious.


"Stunning - What a find this is...  The whole disc is a sheer delight and a far cry from the mainly faux country material coming out of Nashville these days... this is exceptionally good."  *****Five stars!  Maverick Magazine

“Claudia Nygaard’s music invitingly straddles the fence between country and folk with a band sound that is decidedly unplugged and artfully laid-back in support of her sensually lyrical alto. And then, there’s the matter of her songs-- that rival the likes of Guy Clark or Ian Tyson in their plainspoken, memoir-like quality, rich with personalized images and a resonant point-of-view.”
Sing Out Magazine

"The immigration saga that accompanies “Big Country” and the naiveté of youth recalled in “J.C.” are relayed from both a tender and touching perspective. Yet Nygaard’s also got a scrappy side to her as well. Her sympathetic homage to Miss Kitty of TV’s “Gunsmoke” fame is absolutely hilarious and her plea to a reticent lover in the song simply titled “Say It” conveys both desperation and desire without resorting to self-pity. Nygaard is a knowing soul and Let The Storm Roll In offers a torrent of wisdom and reflection." No Depression

“Nothing short of amazing… Comprised of a dozen equally excellent tunes, “Let The Storm Roll In” reveals Nygaard to be one of Americana music’s hidden gems.”  In Tune, The Daily News

"One of the finest singer/songwriter/storyteller collections in recent memory... 'His Left Side' is utterly brilliant."
Wildy, Wildy's World