Live Oak available August 17th 2018
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.
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
6/16 Opening Bell Dallas, Tx
7/14 Starlight Theater Terlingua, Tx
Live Oak - Available on August 17th, 2018
"Pastoral and poetic, the new album finds the native Texan ever reflective and resilient, breathing in life’s landscapes, literal and figurative, and exhaling a peaceful sense of place."Kevin Curtin, Austin Chronicle
PRAISE FOR My Mountain, Produced by Alejandro Escovedo
“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
“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
“…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
“eleven alt-country/Americana gems set in solid gold” Lisa Knight/No Depression & Aplscruf’s Music Blog