Nell Robinson and Jim Nunally Band
Nell Robinson and Jim Nunally Band bring all of your favorite elements of authentic music together, creating a genre-busting sound that combines jazz, blues, Americana, folk and bluegrass music. True roots music often includes a back story and theirs is a rich one, even bringing some of their own favorite book titles to song. Jim Nunally is a San Francisco Bay Area-native, a musician, composer, record producer, and teacher. As a guitarist and vocalist with the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience for over 13 years, Jim joins master American guitarists Doc Watson and Tony Rice as one of the finest interpreters and performers of bluegrass and traditional music. He is a recipient of two Grammy and IBMA Awards and a two-time Western Open Flatpicking Guitar champion. Nell Robinson has been described as a “modern day Patsy Cline” and “one of the freshest voices in roots music.” Her side-projects, from the poignancy of Soldier Stories to the whimsy of The Henriettas, further attest to the breadth and ambition of the youthful musical passions she has allowed to flower. Robinson’s 2014 release “The Rose of No-Man’s Land became a PBS Special with its own episode in the Music Gone Public series. Produced by Joe Henry, the album and special featured Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Kris Kristofferson.
Inspired by well-known artists from many musical backgrounds, Nell Robinson and Jim Nunally boast an all-star band with dynamic talent, each renowned in their own right. Peter Grant on pedal steel is known for live performances and recordings with many artists including the Grateful Dead and Guy Clark; he is one of most sought after steel players on the West Coast and a two-time nominee for Best Steel Guitarist by the Academy of Country Music. Jim Kerwin is considered to be one of the best string bass players in the country. He has played with David Grisman for over 30 years and is featured on all of Grisman’s Jerry Garcia recordings; he has performed with bluegrass greats Red Allen and Del McCoury, played at Carnegie Hall with Stephane Grappelli and YoYo Ma, and is featured on numerous recordings – including six Grammy nominees. Jon Arkin is a versatile and gifted percussionist, known for performances and recorded work in a wide variety of musical contexts. He has performed with jazz greats Lee Konitz, Gene Perla, and Ira Sullivan, with singer-songwriters Stew and Meklit Hadero, Afrobeat bands Albino and Soji Odukogbe, and a multitude of collaborators in the experimental music world, including countless other artists.