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Long Time Traveller

by Jeb Loy Nichols

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Jon Cooper I had the pleasure of seeing Jeb Loy Nichols perform last night in the Privatclub in Berlin Kreuzberg. He performed songs from his new album and kept being called back for encores, until the band had no more songs in their repertoire. A great night, a great chance to meet a talented and honest talking artist. When he broke into "To Be Rich" as his first encore number, he seemed surprised that so many people even knew the words. Thanks Jeb Loy !
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Jeb Loy Nichols finally comes home to On-U Sound, the label he first befriended in 1981. A country/dub crossover record, backed by members of Dub Syndicate and the Roots Radics, and with Adrian Sherwood at the controls. The subtle dub production gives Jeb's careworn songs of love and loss a unique sound - this is Nashville-by-way-of-Kingston, Lee Hazlewood if he'd made an album with the Wailers, equal parts Johnny Cash and Horace Andy…

Following a limited Japanese release in 2010, the album has been remixed, resequenced and redesigned to present the definitive edition of this sublime set of songs.

“The high priest of country cool” – Rolling Stone

Producer Adrian Sherwood on Long Time Traveller:

In early 1981, as we were preparing to release the first On-U Sound album, I was living in a squat in Battersea, South London with Ari Up, Glenmore "Junior" Williams, and a 16 year old Neneh Cherry.

One day Jeb Loy Nichols knocked at the door. He had just arrived from the United States and was looking for Neneh. Jeb had been living in the same New York apartment block as her and her family (Don, Moki and Eagle Eye Cherry, as well as members of Talking Heads) and had come to see how she was doing staying in London with us lot.
Jeb came originally from Austin, Texas, but as a 17 year old had got a scholarship to a prestigious art school in New York and had moved there. Jeb was now 20 and making his first trip to London, a short visit during a break from studies. I really liked Jeb’s voice and took him on his first venture into a recording studio where we recorded two tracks, "Hostage In Iran" and "Things that made U.S.”. On his last night in London, in the kitchen of our squat, we talked all night with Junior Williams and Ari’s ‘father-in-law', John Lydon. Early next morning Jeb headed off to the airport in a tired/wired state. Jeb must have had a really good time as he returned to London some eight months later and started making plans to resettle in the UK, which he duly did.
In the following years Jeb continued with his art, and while based in London established himself as a great singer/songwriter, releasing to date some ten albums. Although I remixed the track "As The Rain" for him, and even though we remained friends and often talked of working together again, it would be 30 years before I got him back in a studio. The result is this album.

I had "baked" lots of the old On-U master tapes of Roots Radics/Dub Syndicate recordings and also recorded a batch of brand new recordings with "Style" Scott, Franklyn "Bubbler" Waugh, George Oban and Vince Black. Jeb chose the rhythms he most liked, voiced all the tracks in one day and we overdubbed and mixed the whole album in three, old school style and most enjoyable…so enjoy.

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released February 1, 2016

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Jeb Loy Nichols Wales, UK

A cult figure for fans of Americana, Jeb was born in the Midwest of the United States. His career has encompassed sleeve design for the Pressure Sounds reggae reissue label, compiling the acclaimed Country Got Soul series, and a ton of great, under-appreciated music. He now resides in rural Wales, spending his time making art, playing music, writing, worrying, digging holes and planting things. ... more

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