My Mountain available now- CD / 2xLP 45 RPM
A little over a decade ago, molded by a family of ranchers and fine art purveyors, and the untamed landscape and starry night skies of his hometown of Albany, Texas, Jeremy Nail moved to Austin, Texas, bringing his patchwork heart and dust-rattled soul to the scene.
Nail played guitar and wrote songs in several bands including Dustin Welch, The Sideshow Tragedy and Liars and Saints (with Johnny Goudie and Kacy Crowley). His debut album Letter (2008) was hailed by the Austin Chronicle as “a diverse, gripping listen, one that's centered around his ability to capture waking moments with intensity. Nail's visions take shape with a self-confidence by a local singer-songwriter that hasn't been displayed on a first effort since Jeff Klein.”
Jeremy’s journey took him from late nights in murky bars and honky-tonks to Gruene Hall, and eventually led to him playing guitar for rock icon, Alejandro Escovedo in 2013. After playing one show together, at the Norman Music Festival in Norman, OK, Escovedo asked Nail to join him on his upcoming world tour. Shortly thereafter, however, Jeremy was diagnosed with Sarcoma, a rare soft tissue cancer that had mysteriously wrapped around his left leg over the course of four months, putting his career and ultimately his life on hold. After radiation and much treatment, they had no choice but to amputate his leg.
Nail not only had to relearn to walk with a prosthetic, but also to rediscover his dreams. Fate would have it that Escovedo and Nail’s paths would cross again after a gig one night in 2015. Escovedo then took Nail under his wing, mentoring him to develop his new songs, and producing his forthcoming new record, My Mountain, with a cast of some of Austin's finest musicians including Chris Masterson (electric guitar), Eleanor Whitmore (violin, vocals), Bobby Daniel (upright bass), Chris Searles (drums), Dana Falconberry and Jazz Mills (guest vocalists).
On My Mountain, Nail and Escovedo have managed to forge an intimate, subtle aesthetic that could be easily re-created in someone’s living room. It is a sound that embodies Texas while marked by fragility, like a blanket of paradox warming his unfeigned dreams of the American West, and beyond.
May 3rd 2016
Produced By Alejandro Escovedo
5/4 The Townsend Austin, Tx
5/30 Spiderhouse Ballroom Austin, Tx w/ Leslie Sisson (Moving Panoramas), Conrad Keely (Trail of Dead), Mina Soto, and Michael Booher
6/15 The Townsend Austin, Tx
JEREMY NAIL Releases New Record, My Mountain, Produced by Alejandro Escovedo, To Immediate Acclaim
All Music Guide Gives My Mountain an Exclusive First–listen.
Elmore Magazine Premieres Nail’s 1st video “My Mountain” Please watch video here.
“Even after a decade rustling around Austin, Jeremy Nail still hasn’t knocked the dust off boots used to treading his family’s ranch in Albany, northeast of Abilene. That authenticity coats My Mountain, as the local singer-songwriter effortlessly, um, nails the alt.country aesthetic big-city boys shoot for….My Mountain scales Jeremy Nail’s rusticana with Lone Star aplomb.” Abby Johnston, Austin Chronicle
“an inspirational story and an excellent record...“Survive” is perhaps the most moving song on “My Mountain.” Its magic is in its subtlety. ” Peter Blackstock, Austin-American Statesman
8 out of 10! “extraordinary album…This introspective collection of songs, go deep into Nail’s psyche…Jeremy Nail’s journey is only beginning, but with a sensitive collection of songs like these immortalised on ‘My Mountain’, his voyage of self-discovery is definitely going to entice us to tag along whilst he follows that twisting trail.” Muff Fitzgerald/ AmericanaUK
“Seems it’s near impossible to review Jeremy Nail’s second solo release without mentioning that he’s lost a leg to cancer since his debut…While the record deserves to be treated for its own musical merits, the songs are haunted by the life changing events that seemingly gave birth to them… Nail’s songs are dark and driven by Chris Masterson’s bold electric guitar lines that can kick in unexpectedly and with the force of an argument. The lyrics drag us through the crucible fire, though it must be said that the majority of Jeremy Nails songs are as much about the triumph as they are about the tragedy. It’s far from a cheap victory.” Scott Foley KRFC 88.9fm
“Escovedo flawlessly produces Nail’s wonderfully earthy songs and voice…one of the most addictive roots albums of 2016.” Eric van Domburg Scipio/PopHeaven Magazine, Netherlands
“bluesy pop with soul and integrity…a very strong personal and musical statement…and lead vocals that are as smooth as silk.” babysue
“…the heart of a classic Texas troubadour beats strongly in this masterpiece.” Ted Darden/Mother Church Pew
“… glorious..wrenching yet optimistic.. will simply put a swell in your chest …touches on many levels…The beautifully told stories of struggle, perseverance, gratitude and hope on My Mountain leave you in a reflectful mindset; thinking not only about Nail’s journey, but also reexamining your own.” Tara Joan/The Daily Country & No Depression
“Nail goes beyond the standard “troubadour with an acoustic guitar” dynamic, adding layers of strings, peals of distorted guitar and haunting backing vocals to create a thicker, yet appropriately vulnerable sound.” Chris Steffen/All Music
“Nail’s sound is superbly profound, dancing along the lines of Ryan Bingham and a Stetson-clad Beck.” Elmore Magazine
“dazzling…a gorgeous declaration of defiance…Graced with exceptional songwriting, production, arrangements and performances, My Mountain is a triumph, an all at once gentle and fierce declaration of the simplest, most meaningful truth of all: I’m still here. Rating: A” Jason Warburg/The Daily Vault
“eleven alt-country/Americana gems set in solid gold” Lisa Knight/No Depression & Aplscruf’s Music Blog
Have a listen to Johnny Goudie’s excellent interview with Jeremy on “How Did I Get Here?”
“Even if you didn’t know Nail’s back-story; you would quickly realise that the opening and title track, My Mountain is no ordinary song at all. Nail’s distinctive drawl takes you on a journey that touches on the dark days of his illness and the fire in his stomach that got him through some very tough days indeed….Wow!…we’ve discovered another gem of a songwriter and indeed, singer in Jeremy Nail..The end result is this fabulous Alejandro Escovedo produced record.” Rocking Magpie (UK)
Jeremy discusses his collaboration with Alejandro Escovedo, the meanings of some of his lyrics and much more in this rockin’ interview with Cara Gibney/Rocking Magpie.
“a powerful, intimate beautiful record” Blues Magazine (The Netherlands)
“Strong soulful vocals, beautiful Americana and beautiful songs…an exceptional songwriter…The album is a celebration of life.” Richard Wagenaar/ The Next Gig (Netherlands)
“”Dreams” is a very catchy country rock tune, after which he brings to “Survive” in Neil Young-style one heck of a ballad that we would classify as a favorite song from this album.
Along with Alejandro Escovedo Jeremy Nail fully managed to create an intimate and emotional collection of songs…an excellent album.” Balsam/Rootstime (Belgium)
“Escovedo’s production is masterful, creating an ambience that recalls the work of Daniel Lanois. The album opens with the gutsy title song, ponderous bass and drums and jagged acoustic guitar leading into sweet female harmonies and sinewy slide guitar, a wonderful slice of swampy rock…My Mountain is a sublime listen. A late night wallow in warm guitars and intoxicating rhythms bathed in pathos.” Paul Kerr/Blabber’n’Smoke (UK)
“My Mountain is the story of man who had to find a new way to stand tall….With superb slide guitar and melancholic violin supplied by his friends covering his back, he is not alone.” Hans Werksman, Here Comes The Flood