Strange Faith LOVE & POVERTY

Tru Thoughts

Jeb Loy Nichols, a US artist labelled the high Priest of country soul,” by Rolling Stone magazine, joins UK talent Benedic Lamdin on this gem of an album

I do not think I have ever had a bad release sent to me on the Brighton based Tru Thoughts label. Such an eclectic output too, from unique and sometimes obscure artists and musicians from all around the world. Lots of different genres, and this one features two artists I have huge respect for.

Jeb Loy Nichols, the sublime US country-soul singer and songwriter has teamed up with UK composer, musician, songwriter and jazz/blues/folk producer Benedic Lamdin, whose work under the guise of Nostalgia 77 never fails to impress. Lamdin has previously worked with the wonderful Valerie June and Jamie Cullum.

With Jeb Loy Nichols, together they make sweet music on LOVE & POVERTY. A rich and vibrant, breezy yet bluesy twist on the lad back soul sound and earthy lyrical slant that has seen Nichols crowed the high Priest of country cool, by Rolling Stone magazine.

While his voice is unmistakable, this is a far cry from Jeb Loy Nicholssolo efforts, and shines from an ensemble input of drummer Antonio Feola, Ned Crowther on bass, Nichols on guitar and vocals and Lamdin also playing guitar.

This album has grown organically from an informal session too special to ignore, repeated over a few months until this great album was born. Nothing planned, playing and recording for the sake of it, no formula, free of expectation.

US native Nichols now resides in the Welsh countryside. The opener Sun Gone West sets the scene for an album of glorious warmth and a strolling momentum. The characterful electric guitars and sway of country music rise to the fore in Fair Weather. Driving rhythm and blues percolate I’m Just A Man and the gentle, melodic flow of Muriel changes the pace. 11 golden gems sparkle with a rare freshness that just cries out to be heard by many. Simon Redley

Strange Faith LOVE & POVERTY

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