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‘JUNE IS SHORT, JULY IS LONG’ by JEB LOY NICHOLS & THE WESTWOOD ALL-STARS | Album Review – William Henry Prince

July 14, 2019

‘JUNE IS SHORT, JULY IS LONG’ by JEB LOY NICHOLS & THE WESTWOOD ALL-STARS

COMPASS RECORDS, 2019

One of life’s great pleasures is finding an artist you haven’t heard before – and loving what they do. Today, I found one such treasure – Jeb Loy Nichols.

According to iTunes, it’s ‘Folk’.

It isn’t.

It’s clearly ‘Country Soul Jazz Pop Blues’.

It’s also brilliant.

Nichols voice is as smooth as silk sheets, with a cool retro soul vibe. Smoky like clubs used to be.

The songs are really simple, hooky, well-crafted and timeless. They sound very now, but come from an age-old tradition. It takes skill to keep it simple. They are Hank Williams kind of simple but make you move like Motown.

The band swing and groove like nobody’s business. The bass player, in particular, is just amazing – sliding around like an eel in warm vaseline.

The songs are generally sunny and light, funky and fun, but Nichols really gets his sombre going with ‘How Can A Man (Live Without His Mother). It’s an instant classic. A Bakelite radio on a dusty mantlepiece. It makes you want to sit at the dark end of a bar and weep.

I’m a happy man. I’ve found another pearl

https://www.jebloynichols.co.uk/

Words: William Henry Prince

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