Jeb Loy Nichols was born in Wyoming, raised in Missouri, and spent time in New York, Spain and London. He now lives on a remote farm in Wales.
His new record Country Hustle is the most recent stop on an unfolding journey through Country Soul. The record, called “The Right Now Sound For A New Millennium” by The Nashville Scene, mixes the country music he grew up with hip-hop and soul.
Jeb Loy says, “the first music I really felt was mine was southern soul. I used to listen to the radio at night and fell in love with Bobby Womack and Al Green, The Staple Singers, Joe Simon – that whole Nashville/Memphis/Muscle Shoals thing. Then in New York in 1979 hip-hop was starting and I got into that in an obsessive way.”
In 1981 he visited friends in London and met life long friend and collaborater Adrian Sherwood. He stayed in London for twenty years, where he had numerous exhibitions of his artwork. He’s recorded 11 solo records and collaborated, along he way, with Adrian Sherwood, Nostalgia 77, Dan Penn and Dennis Bovell. Rollingstone Magazine has called him “The high priest of country cool.”