THE JIMMY NALLS PROJECT:
NASHVILLE’S – AND THE WORLD’S – BEST MUSICIANS COMING TOGETHER TO HELP ONE OF THEIR OWN
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE — Jimmy Nalls, longtime Nashville resident and one of rock and blues greatest guitarists, has suffered from Parkinson’s Disease for 22 years. Today, his extended musical family, including some of the biggest names in music, announced the release of Jimmy’s long-overdue second solo album – a project he regrettingly shelved nearly 18 years ago due to Parkinson’s and his inability to play.
The Jimmy Nalls Project – a collection of new songs now available at https://www.jimmynallsproject.com/ – is the product of two years of collaborative efforts between Jimmy’s closest friends and some of Nashville’s – and the world’s – finest musicians, engineers and
producers. Many are winners of multiple Grammys and other awards, and all freely donated their time and talents to the project. As such, 100 percent of the proceeds from the The Jimmy Nalls Project will go directly to Jimmy and his immediate family. The funds will be used to help offset the costs of his continued treatment, as well as provide needed improvements to make his home more handicap accessible.
The new music is available worldwide via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc., on June 20, 2016. You can also pre-order and buy the music directly at https://www.jimmynallsproject.com/.
The all-star lineup for this incredible musical alliance includes Joe Bonamassa, Larry Carlton, Robben Ford, Warren Haynes, Jack Pearson, D.L. (Dave) Duncan, Johnny Hiland, Chuck Leavell, Brad Whitford, J.D. Simo, Jimmy Hall, Buddy Greene, Dave Pomeroy, Kenny Greenberg, Jimmy Hall, Charles “Chopper” Anderson, Wes Little, and Brian Allen. Other award-winning producers, engineers, musicians and friends who also lent their time and skills include Ray Kennedy, Gary Nicholson, Lee Roy Parnell, Guthrie Trapp, Rick Wheeler, Brent Maher, Tom Freitag, Zack Dewall, Gordie Johnson, Jacob Sciba, Gary Belz (The House of Blues), Gabriel Hernandez (Blues Vintage Guitars, Inc.), and Joe Glaser.
“In late 2015, Gabriel Hernandez came to me with several of Jimmy’s unfinished songs, and we made the decision to reach out to some of mine and Jimmy’s close friends to help finish the record,” said Joe Glaser, owner of Nashville’s Glaser Instruments, and Jimmy’s longtime personal friend. “Jimmy and his family struggle every day, and unless you’re in their shoes you really have no idea what it’s like. We have witnessed it firsthand for a long time, so when we presented everyone with this opportunity to help finish this record, all of them jumped at the chance to do it. Everyone wanted to help. Jimmy’s got a lot of friends, and we’re all hopeful the proceeds from this new record provide him and his family the support they need to make the rest of Jimmy’s life uncomplicated and worry-free.”
Jimmy’s incredible run as a world-class guitarist began in 1970, when he moved to New York to play with Australian folk singer Gary Shearston and Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul & Mary. He quickly became an in-demand session guitarist at New York’s famed Record Plant studio. After playing with several bands with ties to Capricorn Records in Macon, Georgia, he moved to Macon in 1976 where he joined three musicians from the Allman Brothers Band – keyboardist Chuck Leavell, bassist Lamar Williams, and drummer Jai Johanny Johanson (Jaimoe) – to form the jazz-rock supergroup Sea Level. From 1976 through 1981, Sea Level recorded five influential albums, and toured the world non-stop, building a loyal following that still exists today. After Sea Level, Jimmy played with a who’s who of bands and musicians, including Dr. John, Gregg Allman, Bill Anderson, The Nighthawks, T. Graham Brown, Don McLean, Jack Pearson, Lee Roy Parnell, Lloyd Price, Charly McLain, among many others.
Despite being diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1995, Jimmy recorded his first solo record, Ain’t No Stranger, in 1999 – a record that earned high praise and critical acclaim from his peers. Immediately after its release, Jimmy and longtime friend and collaborator, blues artist D.L. (Dave) Duncan, began to write and record music for his second solo record. Though he tried to work through the challenges of Parkinson’s, Jimmy was unable to finish the record, and all of the songs were left in various stages of completion.
Eighteen years later, once the decision was made to move forward, the idea was to retain the spirit of Jimmy’s original recordings. It was the guest artists’ option to complete their respective tracks in whatever styles deemed appropriate. While a few artists made their contributions remotely, many added their parts in some of Nashville’s world-renowned studios that offered free time to help complete the project, most notably The House of Blues.
“Having some of it recorded here in Nashville gave us the opportunity for Jimmy to be present, grinning from his wheelchair – something that helped reinvigorate his self-esteem,” said Hernandez, owner of Nashville’s Blues Vintage Guitars, Inc. “Nothing has been as rewarding as seeing the smile on his face as he spent time in the studios, lending a helping hand where and when he could, and watching his friends and former colleagues come together to help him finish his long-awaited second solo effort.”
All of the artists were fully aware of the history and current challenges facing Jimmy and his family. Even more importantly, they’ve all realized just how lucky they are to do what they love – which is to make and play music.
“We are doing this for our brother Jimmy Nalls but really, for all of us,” said Chuck Leavell, The Rolling Stones’ long time keyboard player and bandleader. “We’re all doing it with the hope his fans will enjoy the music, but also to give them an opportunity to support an important cause.”