Jeb Loy Nichols
Premiere: “Come See Me”
Feb 16, 2017
Jeb Loy Nichols is the kind of travelled musical soul whose sojourns and encounters could paint the kinds of stories told over a bottle of whisky. Drawing from a life of immersion in whatever music happened to move him as well as a diverse and revolving fraternity of artists, Nichols returns with his new album Country Hustle out in North America on March 31st, via his own label City Country City. Under the Radar is premiering the new single "Come See Me".
It's a funky, low swinging invitation to a record that will assuredly serve to kindle his myriad influences. The announcement of the new album describes Nichols' palate: "A potent, flavorsome gumbo cooked up from southern soul, country, blues, funk and folk, with a soupçon of hip-hop, dub and 80/90s club sounds, Country Hustle is schooled in the past but is resolutely modern in production, featuring collaborations from Andrew Hale, Distance and Nostalgia 77"
Nichols filled us in on how the old familiar voices from his receptive past informed his own on "Come See Me": "I wrote this song after listening to The Stanley Brothers sing "Tis Sweet To Be Remembered". The Stanley Brothers were a big part of my childhood, they were my father's favourite group and he played their records constantly. So, 'Come See Me' was born out of a fog of remembering. I sang it the way I thought Ralph Stanley might have sung it, the way that would have pleased my father, like an old country song. But often, with me anyway, things start off one way and, before you know it, they turn into something else. One day, while driving through the hills listening to Ali Farka Toure, I started singing it in a completely different style. And at some point over the next few weeks, somewhere between Ali Farka Toure and Ralph Stanley, I settled into my own voice. That’s the way it goes sometimes, songs, like memories, have a life of their own." Listen below to "Come See Me".