Nell & Jim Band – Western Sun

Number of Tracks:15
Total Time:01:02:53
From the Album:Western Sun
Available Date & Time: Jun 05 2020 03:00:00 EDT
Impact Date: n/a

Nell & Jim Band
"Western Sun"

Format: Country

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Impacting July 6th, 2020 

Format: AMERICANA, AAA, Non-Comm

Radio Promoter: Brad Hunt , The WNS Group 

         #3 on the May Folk DJ Charts

     “…descriptively rich songwriting.”

– American Songwriter Premiere 

Rich bloodlines intersect and musical currents run deep on Western Sun (Whippoorwill Arts, May 29, 2020), the third album from the Nell & Jim Band, fronted by singer-songwriter/flautist Nell Robinson and singer-songwriter/ multi-instrumentalist Jim Nunally. Western Sun’s overarching theme is migration, and these two well-traveled artists are steeped in the subject. 

Nunally’s grandfather, who emigrated from Arkansas to California during the Dust Bowl era, taught Jim’s dad how to play guitar, and Jim has expertly and passionately carried on the family tradition from his father. Robinson, born in rural Alabama, began performing in the Bay Area at the age of 46, belatedly but ecstatically embracing the musical strains that had beguiled her during her youth. 

Robinson and Nunally’s combined experiences and vast knowledge of a range of traditional idioms are further enriched and expanded by those of their virtuosic bandmates: bass fiddler Jim Kerwin (David Grisman, Jerry Garcia, Yo Yo Ma), drummer/percussionist Alex Aspinall (Chris O’Connell & the Smart Alecks, Noam Lemish) and accordionist/keyboard player Rob Reich (Gaucho, Circus Bella).

Track List:

1 By Stars and Sunrise 

2 The Fire

3 Clinch Mountain Backstep 

4 In My Beautiful Dream 

5 Hurricane 

6 Limonaia 

7 Bassfiddle Fanfare

8 Sequoia Gold 

9 Periwinkle Wreath 

10 Travelin’ the Road West

11 Poland 

12 Handsome Medley 

13 Winnemucca 

14 Isaac in Kolomej-

15 Woe Is Me 

“Western Sun showcases Robinson and Nunally’s, as well as Chris Wadsworth’s, innovative songwriting and their canny ability to paint a stunningly memorable portrait through their storytelling. The Nell & Jim Band's romp across vast musical terrains also reveals their inventive stylings, shining a warm light on traditional music.” 
– Folk Alley

“An immense sweep of roots music history that takes the listener on a sonic migration from Europe through the United States to California…that they can articulate their view so lucidly using the musical heritage of their country should give hope to all those who share their view.”
– No Depression

“Engaging Americana-roots- alt-country music on a traditional path of balladry, bluegrass, folk, & a variety of other genres in a gloriously fluid showcase…Nell sings with an old-school country singer’s clarity while Jim Nunally plays with jubilant authenticity.”
– Americana Highways

“For folks who enjoy a variety of spiritually-tinged music with compelling stories, this tightly crafted album strikes gold. Nell & Jim Band’s 'Western Sun' is a fresh, impressionistic album that captures the passionate beauty of contemporary, acoustic music. It’s a strong, compelling set of passion, compassion and emotional impact.” 
– Roots Music Report

Rachelle Furst


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