‘It’s really my passion’: Solid waste worker from New Mexico has a not-so-hidden talent

Nathanial Krantz is a single father of two, working as a Commercial Collections Operator for the city of Albuquerque Solid Waste Department in New Mexico.“Sometimes I’m working 12, 13, 14 hours a day, six or seven days a week, just because it’s what the city of Albuquerque needs right now,” Krantz said. “I would not want to work anywhere else.”But he has another gig and is booked all the time.“I want to call it a part-time job, but it’s really my passion,” Krantz said. His passion is country music. He started playing at a young age, but his hobby soon grew into something more.“I posted a video of me playing a George Strait song on Facebook, and it went viral,” he said. “Ever since then, my life has never been the same.”Now, he’s averaging 17 shows a month.Krantz said his truck is his safe space where he listens to music and practices his vocals, all while serving his community.As you can imagine, there’s not much downtime.“’l literally get three or four hours of sleep,” Krantz said. “Like I said, coffee and energy drinks keep me going throughout the day.”To any aspiring county singers out there, he says a dream is only a dream until you chase it. “Just the kid from the South Valley – high school dropout, just living out his dream,” Krantz said. “Blue-collar working guy just trying to make it.”Nathanial Krantz will be opening for Shenandoah, one of his idols, at a park in his community on July 4.And, in full circle, he says he’ll probably be picking up the trash cans from there the next morning.

Nathanial Krantz is a single father of two, working as a Commercial Collections Operator for the city of Albuquerque Solid Waste Department in New Mexico.

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“Sometimes I’m working 12, 13, 14 hours a day, six or seven days a week, just because it’s what the city of Albuquerque needs right now,” Krantz said. “I would not want to work anywhere else.”

But he has another gig and is booked all the time.

“I want to call it a part-time job, but it’s really my passion,” Krantz said.

His passion is country music. He started playing at a young age, but his hobby soon grew into something more.

“I posted a video of me playing a George Strait song on Facebook, and it went viral,” he said. “Ever since then, my life has never been the same.”

Now, he’s averaging 17 shows a month.

Krantz said his truck is his safe space where he listens to music and practices his vocals, all while serving his community.

As you can imagine, there’s not much downtime.

“’l literally get three or four hours of sleep,” Krantz said. “Like I said, coffee and energy drinks keep me going throughout the day.”

To any aspiring county singers out there, he says a dream is only a dream until you chase it.

“Just the kid from the South Valley – high school dropout, just living out his dream,” Krantz said. “Blue-collar working guy just trying to make it.”

Nathanial Krantz will be opening for Shenandoah, one of his idols, at a park in his community on July 4.

And, in full circle, he says he’ll probably be picking up the trash cans from there the next morning.

Contributed by local news sources

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