Western Canadian bluegrass outfit, Nomad Jones, is making a coastal swing in late February to promote its recently released debut recording Pickin’ Up & Puttin’ Down, and the tour will kick off right here in Chilliwack on Feb. 24.
Nomad Jones is a Western Canadian bluegrass outfit equally comfortable ripping on rollicking classics or serenading on sultry ballads.
The CD itself is a true representation of the Nomad Jones sound. Remarkably, it was recorded live-off-the-floor in one day at Selkirk College in Nelson, B.C. The band graciously did a workshop for the music program, and in exchange, the head recording engineer and a select group of recording students gave their time to the project. The result is a high energy mix covering a range of material including an assortment of bluegrass standards, some original tunes and a couple of swing and country songs to round things out.
While the band has been around since 2016, its members have accumulated a wealth musical experience over the years. This shines through on the album with tight arrangements and soaring solos. On the vocal end, the father-and-son duo of Bill and Nico Humby front the band with their beautiful blend of blood harmonies. Craig Korth, Byron Myhre and Miles Zurawell fill the band out showing great virtuosity on guitar, fiddle, banjo and resonator guitar.
The four-show tour starts out at Tractorgrease Café in Chilliwack on Sunday, Feb. 24. After that, they’re off to Vancouver, Victoria and Nanaimo. On this tour, filling in for Byron Myhre on fiddle is three-time World Grand Master Fiddle Champion Katrina Nicolayeff from Boise, ID.
Tractorgrease is located at 48710 Chiliwack Lake Rd. The concert is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 (plus fee) and can be purchased via tractorgrease.ca.