Singer-songwriter, novelist and accomplished visual artist Jeb Loy Nichols has built up a substantial catalogue of releases over the past two decades. Though born in Wyoming, the former Capitol Records signee came to visit London in the early 1980s and found himself living in a squat with Adrian Sherwood, Neneh Cherry and Ari Up (of The Slits). It was at this time that his passion for Southern Soul and US Punk met London’s bass-heavy sounds via Jah Shaka and the early stages of rave culture. This incredibly diverse musical schooling can be heard on Jeb’s new version of the Luther Vandross classic ‘Never Too Much’, forthcoming on his new album Country Hustle.
While covering such an iconic classic can pose an undeniable challenge, Jeb has very much made the track his own. Over a dubbed out reggae beat which resembles a lo-fi Rhythm & Sound, his intimate vocal carries mileage of the many stories which have shaped him. The use of Vandross’ familiar lyrics in his own unique arrangement has resulted in an incredibly soothing track.
Jeb is also a dab hand as a graphic designer. Check out some of his jazz and hip-hop portraiture below.