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.
Steel is tantalizingly excellent, delivering delicious down-home country flavors, creamy rhythms, and marvelous melodies.
A set of songs with presence, enjoyable from beginning to end. A nostalgia that never interferes with the stability of the songs; it isn’t that the songs sound old, rather they remind you of something in the past.
There’s an earthiness to these cuts that will almost make you think you are listening to some alternate cuts from a Carter Family session from the 1930s. The writing and the instrumentation are that much old-school sounding that it will no doubt take you back.
It’s not very often when an unheralded release completely sweeps you, but the five track EP by the Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally Band will do just that.
Some of the best players working in the genre over the last four decades, you’ll love what Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally Band do.
Though personally penned tales such as “Complicated” and “Home’s Where I Long To Be” highlighted everyone’s seasoned abilities, their ability to change between the styles of Buck Owens, The Beatles, Johnny Cash and Doc Watson on a dime was even more impressive. And somewhere in between the land of originals and remakes came “Turn Your Smart Phone On,” a post-millennial take on the similarly named bluegrass standard that injected some humor into this hearty display of somewhat under the radar artists more than worthy of the airtime.
You know a band is on a roll when they have to carve out time between recording an album and filming a TV show to play some gigs.
The teaming of Jim Nunally with vocalist Nell Robinson deserves top billing on its own, but surrounding themselves with longtime veterans and virtuosos of the scene like bassist Jim Kerwin and steel guitarist Pete Grant is a masterstroke elevating this project’s potential several notches.
…gorgeously harmonizing duo, Nell Robinson and Jim Nunally, roots musicians whose songs blur the boundaries of country, folk, and bluegrass, have come up with something novel to keep their fans’ attention and perhaps rope in some new ones. In April, the released a five-song EP. In June, they’ll release another five-songs, and then five more in August and again in September.
The Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally Band is a breath of fresh air, familiar but intelligent lyrics and with a melody you won’t forget.
Steel is superb, full of complex colors, intricate textures, and alluring rhythms, along with charmingvocals and flawless instrumental performances.
Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally’s new album “Steel” is about as delightful as you can get, covering all the bases with mighty fine playing and singing on a wide array of traditional and original music. A must-have for music lovers!
Heretofore unexplored metaphors and similes
abound in this bouncy tune (Life in the Garden) that should put
Robinson (think somewhere between Emmy Lou Harris and
Patty Griffin) and Nunally, as writers and singers, on the map.
A fun tune that will make a bunch of songwriters
wonder why they didn’t think of that!
I was quite startled by the
sheer purity of their voices, and
stark arrangements of these songs,
and the gorgeous lyrics.
The term ‘all star band’ has bandied around the mainstream music scene for so long that it virtually has no bounce. However, there are occasions when it isn’t just some public relations puffery designed to shifts a few more units. Instead, it genuinely reflects a rare convergence of enormous talents. The teaming of Jim Nunally with vocalist Nell Robinson deserves top billing on its own.
Fans of Americana and roots music will, naturally, love this release. Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally Band have, however, crafted an album with Baby Lets Take The Long Way Home that will appeal to many.
Nell Robinson and Jim Nunally love the road, and they revel in the adventure of uncovering new corners of this old world that people call home.
The latest project from Jim Nunally, a guitar picker who’s been highly regarded for playing bluegrass with tone, taste and timing for a very long time has teamed up with Nell Robinson for some California country!
Nell Robinson, Jim Nunally, and their collaborators have conspired to make some great musical memories here. 9 out of 10 stars!
“(Enjoy) Jim Nunally’s rock-ribbed rhythm guitar and cliche’-exterminating solos!”
The country roots run deep on this album, but these songs owe much more of a debt to a singer/songwriter sensibility that produces tremendous results. Baby, Let’s Take the Long Way Home is a powerfully composed and confident album from start to finish.
Credit Nell Robinson and Jim Nunally for offering up a take on traditional Americana that rings with authenticity.