Do to an uncontrollable circumstance Nicholas Jamerson will be unable to play support for this show.
“Sarah Shook and the Disarmers are the best thing to emerge from country music in the last ten years and Sidelong is the best album released, in any genre, so far this year.”
“…a sneering fusion of punk-rock autonomy and say-it-like-it-is country from the classic era, paired with a timeless vocal warble and tons of attitude. Honest to a fault and as foul-mouthed as a drunken sailor, she’s a nonconforming spitfire who’s proud of not fitting in with mainstream country music.”
“Who knows what whims govern the exiled ghost of authentic country as it scans the fruited plain looking for souls to possess…BUT it found Sarah Shook in North Carolina, and her destiny was inescapable.”
After listening to Nicholas Jamerson’s forthcoming LP, entitled NJ, it isn’t difficult to decipher the essential element that defines him as an artist. It becomes overwhelmingly clear that this element is his home— the town of Prestonsburg and the Appalachian Mountains of Eastern Kentucky.
The eleven tracks on NJ transition seamlessly from an immersive anthem right into a stripped down and devastating ballad. It’s the latter, when Jamerson turns to a sound of melancholy that carves the deepest impression.
Jamerson is no stranger to the music business; he found success as the lead singer of the country act called Sundy Best. The duo landed a record deal and toured relentlessly across the continent. Eventually, these tours took their toll on Jamerson’s vigor. It got to the point where he felt he’d become a slave to the road. The solo endeavor that he’s now embarking upon is his way of revitalizing himself and readying himself to get back to the place where he belongs: the space where he’s drawing inspiration as a musician and creating as an artist.
It’s common knowledge that Kentucky has been churning out some of the giants of the contemporary music climate. There’s no denying the mark that artists like Chris Stapleton and Sturgill Simpson are making on the music industry and the path they’re paving for musicians like Nicholas Jamerson to find success. Although artists like Stapleton and Simpson are basing themselves out of the music-making machine of Nashville, Jamerson has never found himself drawn to the commotion of the Music-City scene. His loyalties remain firmly entrenched with Floyd County and the people of Kentucky. He has aspirations to see the Blue Grass State molding itself to become the musically creative archetypes that places like Nashville and Austin are today. He strives to build a community that nurtures talent locally, where an up-and-coming artist doesn’t feel the necessity to pack up and move elsewhere to survive. It’s an idea that isn’t unrealistic considering the type of talent that’s emerging from Kentucky and the fact that visionaries like Jamerson are fighting at each step of the way to make it a reality.
The Kentucky style of music is being described as some combination of Country and Americana, although it’s certainly influenced by a fusion of Bluegrass, Rock, and Country that has brewed for decades in Kentucky. Jamerson’s sound is a child born from the entwinement of these very musical styles. If an artist’s intention is to express the human condition, Jamerson should be considered an artist in the purest sense of the word. With NJ, Jamerson has captured the very conditions that have shaped him. The portrait that he paints is piercingly clear about what it means to come from places like Prestonsburg, and Wheelwright, and Pikeville— of both the triumphs and the heartbreak endured by the people in the Appalachian Mountains of Eastern Kentucky.