Bay Area Musicians Will Release ‘Baby Let’s Take the Long Way Home’ on April 21
NASHVILLE (Feb. 14) — With a seamless blend of original material and classic country gems, Baby Let’s Take the Long Way Home marks the beginning of a new journey for Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally Band. Featuring 10 new songs and two choice covers, the collection will arrive April 21 on Whippoorwill Arts.
“I feel real fulfillment at this time in my life – in particular working with Jim. With the depth of his talent and experience, and our creative and personal compatibility, I’m living a dream,” says Robinson, who worked as a non-profit executive before pursuing a music career in her mid-40s.
Nunally is a gifted acoustic guitarist who has won two IBMA Awards, appeared on a Grammy-winning bluegrass album, and recorded soundtracks for films such as The Beverly Hillbillies Movie. He tours and records with David Grisman Bluegrass Experience as well as John Reischman and the Jaybirds.
Friends since 2009, Robinson and Nunally teamed up for a number of projects before falling in love. For Baby Let’s Take the Long Way Home, they rustled up what became their dream team: pedal steel player Pete Grant (The Grateful Dead, Guy Clark), bass fiddle player Jim Kerwin (David Grisman, Red Allen), and percussionist Jon Arkin (Lee Konitz, Gene Perla).
“My inspiration for writing started early on when I started to play music,” says Nunally. “I’ve just always written songs when an idea comes along, and try to finish it, but there are certainly hundreds of scraps of paper waiting to be songs.”
Some of those scattered scraps along with his melodies were matched to Robinson’s engaging poetry to compose numerous tunes on Baby Let’s Take the Long Way Home. For example, the title track was inspired by trading Interstate 5 for a more scenic route on the way home from Los Angeles. The enticing lyrics of “I Hear a Southwind” float above lovely pedal steel, while “Tempest” is a moody, elegant narrative inspired by Michael Ondaatje’s novel The Cat’s Table.
The only two covers on the new album, “Jump the Mississippi” and “Pardon Me,” tip their hats to classic country duos, George Jones and Melba Montgomery, and Jim and Jesse McReynolds.
The “beloved Bay Area bluegrass stars” (San Jose Mercury News) have played Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, PBS series Music Gone Public, Kate Wolf Music Festival, and Strawberry Music Festival.
Over the course of 2016, the ensemble released four EPs – North, South, East and West – to sell exclusively at concerts. After receiving an enthusiastic response from fans at the merchandise table, they selected 12 tracks from the series to create Baby Let’s Take the Long Way Home.
Nell Robinson and Jim Nunally are available for interviews.
For more information, contact:
615 970 7474