Listen: Jeb Loy Nichols – Influences Playlist

Jeb Loy Nichols - Regret

The inimitable Jeb Loy Nichols recently announced details of the release of a 6-track mini-album titled Ya Smell Me, scheduled for release on Friday 11th December via City Country City Records. The Wyoming-born artist who’s been laying down his craft since the 80’s and now lives in Wales on a remote smallholding, where he “spends his time making art, playing music, writing, worrying, digging holes and planting things.”  With a unique style that mixes elements of soul, country, folk, reggae and blues we thought we’d ask Jeb to put together a playlist of songs that represent the various influences upon his music. There’s an impressive breadth of soulful gems on this playlist. So, without further ado, over to Jeb…

 Influences Playlist:

“Picking ten tracks is like standing on the beach and picking your favourite wave. It’s insane. They just keep on coming and changing, there’s always something new.” Jeb Loy Nichols:

1. Old Man Me – Frank Hutson
A deep, mysterious southern soul gem. Maybe my favourite song of all time.
2. Bobby Womack – You’re Messing Up A Good Thing
Hard to choose only one Womack song. This one is a killer – from one of the best albums he made.
3. George Jones – Memories Of Us
I grew up listening to George Jones. One of the most soulful singers that ever lived.
4. Ace Spectrum – Moving On
A great arrangement, beautiful strings, a mighty groove. I remember playing this over and over at my mother’s house in Arkansas.
5. Donnie Fritts – Sumpthin Funky Goin On
The true Country Soul Brother Number One. A great artist, a gentleman, an inspiration.
6. Tribe Called Quest – Verses From The Abstract
I moved to New York in 1979 and fell in love with hip-hop. I thought it was all over by 1983 but the Tribe proved me wrong.
7. James Brown – Take Some-Leave Some
The most important American musician ever. Or at least it seems that way to me. A colossus.
8. Merle Haggard – What Am I Gonna Do (With The Rest Of My Life)
The big man of my youth. I’ve learned everything I know about songwriting from him.
9. Curtis Mayfield – Back To The World
Listen to this and marvel. No easy answers, no easy questions. This is how it was to grow up in America.
10. Larry Jon Wilson – Sheldon Churchyard
My number one musical hero. A neglected outsider who combined country, soul and funk to give us the world according to Wilson. How great is this song?

CF Smith

Write for Music Is My Sanctuary & Stereofox.

Leave a Reply