Bobby Womack, Al Green, George Jones, The Staple Singers, A Tribe Called Quest and The Sex Pistols. These are the musicians that influenced singer-songwriter Jeb Loy Nichols’ career as a musician himself.
Born in Wyoming, and raised in Missouri, Nichols found himself moving to London in 1981 after going to art school in New York in 1979. He formed the country dub band Fellow Travelers in 1990, and after a handful of records with the Travellers released his solo debut album, Lovers Knot, in 1997.
Lovers Knot showcased Nichols’ love and impressive command of country-soul music, and quickly became one of WXPN’s most popular new artists that year. Since then, Nichols – also a visual artist and novelist – has released many albums in the same country-soul vein as his debut; his latest – the excellent Country Hustle is an instant Nichols classic. He excels at blending together elements of soul, country, and R&B with touches of reggae into a unique sound with subtle beats that never forgives the groove.
Below, listen to “That’s How We’re Living.”
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