Jimson Weed

Jimson Weed

by Nathan

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Overview

Jimson Weed

Jimson Weed is Nathan's second album, and their first for Nettwerk. The higher profile is deserved, as the Winnipeg combo has cut out a pretty, fun, and unique slice of the Americana (by way of Canada) pie. The music travels easily between country & western, hot jazz, and the back roads of rootsy pop; besides the spare combo of kick drum and snare running throughout, Nathan augments each track with flourishes of banjo, accordion, steel guitar, and what just might be the wispy willow of a musical saw in the romantic shadows of "Discarded Debris." As accomplished as Jimson Weed is instrumentally, it's the voices of Keri McTighe and Shelley Marshall that truly define Nathan's sound. Pitched high but capable of impressive dynamic and emotional range, their harmonies energize "Lock Your Devils Up"'s locomotive ramble, tart up the petticoats and skiffle of "Emilina," and prove easily adaptable to modern-style pop on "I Left My Station," a tune pitched somewhere between Shawn Colvin and Sarah McLachlan. Dustily muted trumpet and plucked banjo help give McTighe and Marshall's vocals a front-parlor feel on "One Spend," while touches of electric guitar in the chorus place it decidedly in the 21st century. This is a nice place for Nathan to be, since it allows them to access various styles and eras of music without being pigeonholed. They're free to explore a honky tonk/blues hybrid on "Red River Clay" and pleasant trad country on the pedal steel-tinged "Bad Ideas" ("I'm going down the highway/With a suitcase full of all my bad ideas/Gonna test them all/See what I've been missing all these years..."), and still keep the music current with clever lyrics and vocals that take on some qualities of the past, but always remain uniquely Nathan. Jimson Weed's an interesting, varied album that doesn't have a mean bone in its body.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/29/2013
Label: Imports
UPC: 0724386478528
catalogNumber: 1071321
Rank: 190198

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nathan   Primary Artist
Dave Kershaw   Vocals,Guest Appearance
John Switzer   Banjo,Bass,Vocals,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Shirley Marshall   Banjo,Accordion,Electric Guitar,Vocals
John Adames   Percussion,Snare Drums,Guest Appearance
Rusty Matyas   Trumpet,Guest Appearance
Brothers Cosmoline   Guest Appearance
Burke Carroll   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
Lloyd Peterson   Organ,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Devin Latimer   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Jay Churko   Electric Guitar,Guest Appearance
Keri McTighe   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Theremin,Vocals
Shelley Marshall   Banjo,Accordion,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Daniel Roy   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

John Switzer   Producer,Audio Production
Neil Cameron   Engineer
Lloyd Peterson   Engineer
Nathan   Artwork

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