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Premiere: Nicholas Jamerson - 'I Love Blue'

By Jof Owen

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“Nicholas Jamerson is a singer-songwriter from Prestonsburg, Kentucky”, reads the artist bio for Nicholas Jamerson on Spotify. “He plays the kind of music you like.”

It really is that simple sometimes. Critics might like to pore over the possible meanings of specific lyrics and pull things apart to try and make sense of them, but in the end all that matters is that these songs are somehow capable of getting into our hearts and gently soothing our tired and weary souls.

In the last 10 years or so, the Eastern Kentucky native has put out half a dozen albums that feel like unearthed recordings of secret threads in the history of American folk and roots music.

After making a name for himself as a founding member of the duo Sundy Best, in recent years Nicholas has performed extensively solo and with his band, The Morning Jays, on the most hallowed stages and events in the region - from the Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium to Americana and Master Musician Festivals.

He is among an esteemed group of today's artists who have shaped, redefined and expanded the notions of Appalachian and Southern music. A reminder, if it were needed, of just why it has endured all these years.

Following on from last month’s ‘Peace Mountain’, his ghostly duet with Charles Wesley Godwin, as the first taste of his forthcoming album of the same name, he's now released the timely ‘I Love Blue’.

Recorded with Magnolia Boulevard, ‘I Love Blue’ is a wintery lovelorn duet with singer Maggie Noelle that feels particularly fitting for the cold mornings and long nights. “The parkway’s full of mistletoe, but we ain’t kissed the whole way home”, Jamerson sings, before Noelle cuts in with the bittersweet refrain: “You hurt me and I hurt you / Why is that what we do / Saying some things that just ain't true / I tell you green when I love blue.”

“This song walks the listener through a hard, honest conversation a couple is having concerning their relationship, touching on the complexity of communication and how difficult it can be to express yourself accurately”, Jamerson told us about the song. "In the end, they are able to speak their peace and make their peace.”

'I Love Blue' is premiering exclusively at Holler below.

‘I Love Blue’ is released on The Bingo Shack on Friday 9th December