|The Jimmy Nations Combo, Tarheel Boogie|
Songwriter and vocalist/guitarist Jimmy Nations hails from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and until moving to New York City, lived in southeast NC. Jimmy's vintage style and taste was influenced by the sound of the region early on: bluegrass, country, blues, and all things southern. His music is a hybrid of those styles that inspired his first band, the Burnley Brothers, to put a rockabilly-styled bop to his sound. Constantly playing around the region and the east coast, he and his band would play to packed venues full of swing dancers and honky tonk fans alike. They have played on the bill with many top artists that include Sammy Kershaw, Southern Culture on the Skids, Swingin' Neckbreakers, Ronnie Dawson, Flat Duo Jets, and Reverend Horton Heat.
Jimmy ultimately left NC for NYC and the opportunities of the Big City. Comprised of some of the best musicians in the city (including Skip Krevens, Eugene Chrysler, and Jeff Somerstein) the Jimmy Nations Combo was born and quickly became a favorite in the budding country, neo-swing and western swing movements in New York. In their first year, The JNC landed an eight-month residency at Tramps, a long-standing monthly spot at the Rodeo Bar, played numerous gigs at other NYC and north eastern venues, and was subsequently showered with outstanding reviews and features in the Village Voice, Time Out NY, Roadstar, and CMJ New Music magazines. The sound is hardcore honky-tonk & hillbilly boogie; packed with energy, earning the devoted following of two-steppers, lindy-hoppers, musicians, and music fans alike. The Combo has shared the stage such bands as Big Sandy, R.L. Burnside, Sleepy LaBeef, Mighty Blue Kings, and the Derailers.
Jimmy Nations Combo made its Rubric Records debut with "Tarheel Boogie". Recorded in North Carolina and New York, the album was produced by Byron McCay, whose credits include work with the Backsliders, Two Dollar Pistols, 6-String Drag, Tift Merritt, Countdown Quartet, and Kenny Robey. The Combo has a list of friends a mile wide who have joined the band live in their hot and bothered honky tonk show: including Jon Graboff/steel guitar, Michael Fossa/piano/organ, Ken Fradley/trumpet, Tom Smith/drums, Kevin Fox/bass.
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Information provided by Jimmy Nations, 2002