Following decades of success in their respective careers, Northern California musicians Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally Band continue their 2018 tour year as Nell & Jim Band with stops at Freshgrass Festival, La Roche Bluegrass, McCloud Mountain Bluegrass and many more. Their 2017 album BABY LETS TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME. reached #14 on the Bluegrass charts. The video for their title track debuted on No Depression (click here to view) and co-stars a gorgeous 1960 Chevy Impala. Nunally and Robinson co-wrote the song driving home from a show in Los Angeles.
Nunally, a Grammy and IBMA Award recipient, and Western Open flatpicking champion, tells No Depression, “We were driving home from L.A. on our tour, talking about getting off the main road and taking the long way. Then we actually did it! It made the trip so much more interesting and enjoyable, not taking the same route everyone else takes.” Robinson adds, It’s about being in a different time in your life too. So, the idea of turning off the phone, not using the GPS, and maybe even getting lost – wouldn’t that be fun?”
Robinson, toured in 2014 for the album release Rose of No Man’s Land, was produced by Joe Henry, the album features Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, John Doe, and author Maxine Hong Kingston. That tour became the first of two PBS Music Gone Public series specials that continue to air on national television.
For their latest release Baby Lets Take the Long Way Home, Nell and Jim found what became their dream team: bass fiddle player Jim Kerwin (David Grisman, Jerry Garcia), percussionist Jon Arkin (Lee Konitz, Gene Perla), and on accordion and keyboards Rob Reich (Gaucho, Circus Bella).
Having appeared at the Kennedy Center, Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, La Roche Bluegrass Festival, Kate Wolf Music Festival and Strawberry Music Festival., the band continues to tour both nationally and internationally. Look for brand new music in the fall of 2018!