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The Nell & Jim Band
May 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm PDT$20.00
Listen to the music of the Nell & Jim Band, and you will be transported back to a time when artists freely spoke of their thoughts and beliefs. Steel, their brand-new album, continues the time-honored tradition of musical activism that made such acts as Janis Ian or Peter, Paul and Mary so unforgettable. Whether it be the title cut (an ode to Jim Nunally’s former life as a welder) or “Speed Limit,” a song about the fact that life doesn’t have to end at 40, the Nell & Jim Band own their story by continuing to release original and thought-provoking music.
Nell Robinson has been described as a “modern day Patsy Cline” and “one of the freshest voices in roots music.” Jim Nunally is a San Francisco Bay Area native, a musician, composer, record producer, and teacher. Jim was a guitarist and vocalist with the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience for over 13 years. He also performed for many years with John Reischman & The Jaybirds. He is one of the finest interpreters and performers of bluegrass and traditional music. Jim is a recipient of two Grammy and IBMA Awards and is a two-time Western Open Flatpicking Guitar champion.
An all-star band backs Nell and Jim with harmonies and virtuoso instrumentals. Jim Kerwin, on bass fiddle, is recognized by fans of musicians ranging from Jerry Garcia to Yo-Yo Ma (and he’s performed with both artists). As David Grisman’s go-to bass player for over 30 years, Kerwin can be heard on the iconic recordings Garcia and Grisman did for their band Old & In The Way. In addition to Ma, Kerwin has backed some of the finest fiddlers in the world, including Stefan Grappeli. Jon Arkin plays percussion and never fails to please; his steady beat and sonic creativity have drawn world jazz talents – including Gene Perla and Lee Konitz – to hire him. New to the ensemble this year is Rob Reich on accordion and keys. Reich’s broad appeal as a composer, arranger, and performer keeps him busy with everything from Circus Bella, to acoustic chamber ensemble Tin Hat, to his new album of originals Swing Left.
“Nell & Jim Band’s Steel delivers sparkling harmonies, clever songwriting, rapturous and rollicking instrumentals, carrying us through the ambiguities and promises of life, love, and hope.” – Folk Alley
“The album’s title track [Steel] conjures up memories of Bob Dylan covering hoe-down in compact reedy timbres…guitars infuse the music with buoyant accents. Nunally goes a cappella on ‘Meditation Blues,’ accompanied only by ticking clocks. This tune delivers the mood and feel of Janis Joplin’s ‘Mercedes Benz'” – Rawckus Magazine
Steel is tantalizingly excellent, delivering delicious down-home country flavors, creamy rhythms, and marvelous melodies. – Thrive Global