Jeb Loy Nichols
Country Hustle Country Hustle
Features collaborations with Andrew Hale (Sade), DJ Shadow, Spooner Oldham (Muscle Shoals), Distance and Nostalgia 77.
“He has led a lifeless ordinary, making fine music with a tapestry of influences.” - The Quietus
“Lovely, genial funk in the vein of Bill Withers and JJ Cale.” - The Independent
“Nichols’ drawl is just behind the beat, as easeful as a classic rock steady crooner .”- Pitchfork
Troubadour Jeb Loy Nichols presents his classic-in the-making new album Country Hustle, via his own label City Country City. ‘The Country Hustle’ is a potent, flavour some gumbo cooked up from southern soul, country, blues, funk and folk, with a wee bit of hip hop, dub and 80/90s club sounds. It’s schooled in the past, but resolutely modern in production and its seamless fusion of influences. Following choice prior achievements like a Rough Trade Album Of The Month for ‘Jeb Loy Nichols Special’, work with Lucinda Williams and Lambchop, plus his acclaimed ‘Country Got Soul’ compilations that saw Jeb gain widespread acclaim, 'The Country Hustle' marks the beginning of what promises to be a new peak for the artist.
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Jeb Loy Nichols – Biography
Jeb originally hails from Missouri and has lived in Texas, New York and London. He has a fascinating, Zelig-like story, all of which feeds into his authentic, experience-infused music. He caught an original Sex Pistols show in Texas, danced to Larry Levan at the Paradise Garage and witnessed Bambaataa rock Bronx blocks.
He worked in New York’s Record City, selling obscure James Brown singles to Prince Paul, and Fela Kuti vinyl to Brian Eno and David Byrne – just before they recorded ‘Remain In Light’. In London he shared a house with Ari Up from The Slits and Neneh Cherry, and forged a bond with Adrian Sherwood amidst the earth shaking ridims of Jah Shaka’s sound system.
This joining-of-the-dots between genres seemingly unrelated to the casual novice has won Jeb high regard from clued up heads, but has also contributed to his occupying a nebulous space within pigeonhole happy popular music. He has steadfastly ploughed his own furrow, navigating a route around mainstream recognition, at times over rocky terrain.
You may have heard Jeb’s music on the Oscar nominated soundtrack to Gus Van Sant’s ‘Good Will Hunting’. Back then, in the Nineties, he was signed to Capitol Records by Gary Gersch – the man who signed Nirvana and Guns N Roses. Somewhat notoriously he shunned a life on the road (the approach that was viewed by Capitol as the sole path to success in America) and was subsequently dropped.
Following choice prior achievements like a Rough Trade Album Of The Month for ‘Jeb Loy Nichols Special’, live work with Lucinda Williams and Lambchop, plus his acclaimed ‘Country Got Soul’ compilations, the release earlier this year of his mini album ‘Ya Smell Me’ (alongside the reissue of reggae gem ‘Long Time Traveller’ via On-U Sound) saw Jeb gain widespread acclaim.
But despite a long, sporadic gestation period during which at times Jeb has pursued other interests like writing and art, ‘The Country Hustle’ marks the next phase as his most focussed, ramped-up and viable shot at recognition to date.
……………………… “Nichols’ drawl is just behind the beat, as easeful as classic rocksteady crooners like Ken Boothe or Errol Dunkley.” Pitchfork
“I like him very much. He’s very special. He’s singing with a voice I never heard before.” Townes Van Zandt
“This is great. He’s doing now what we were doing back then.” Spooner Oldham (Muscle Shoals)
“Lovely, genial funk in the vein of Bill Withers and JJ Cale.” The Independent
“He’s a brother to me, and one of the best singer/songwriters I’ve ever met.” Adrian Sherwood
“A conscious, soulful brother.” Horace Andy
1. Come See Me
2. Maisy Hay
3. Don’t Drop Me
4. I Hate Hate
5. That’s How We’re Living
6. Katie Blue
7. Till The Teardrops Stop
8. Never Too Much
9. That’s All I Want
10. You Got In
12. Long Live The Loser
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