Who needs a break? As we celebrate a reunion with the simpler things that make our journey around the sun worth its weight in gold, a soundtrack of the season is in order. The appropriately titled June is Short, July is Long by legendary singer-songwriter Jeb Loy Nichols and the Westwood All-Stars is a must-have for kicking back with a grill and some backyard ambiance.
Nichols, who is most known for vintage soul grooves, concocts a funk-folk-reggae-country-blues marinade that produces a rich, smoky vibe full of flavor. Recorded live over a three-day living room session, June is Short, July is Long resonates with a simple and honest chemistry between Nichols and his All-Stars that is expansive and cozy. Songs like the neck-bobbing groove of “You Got It Wrong,” the ragtime-beach-reggae tap of “Black Rooster” and the lazy chair slumber of “Home in My Arms” are just a few of the gems in this 12-pack of awesome.
If you are new to Jeb Loy Nichols, you will soon be diving into the deep end of his nine prior releases and they will not disappoint. So take a deep breath, relax, enjoy good company during these summer nights and remember that life can have some consistent comfort amidst all the ups and downs.
– Chris Rucker