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“It’s not very often when an unheralded release completely sweeps you, but the five track EP by the Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally Band will do just that.”
– STEVE MARINUCCI, Beatles Columnist, SF Examiner

“Though personally penned tales such as “Complicated” and “Home’s Where I Long To Be” highlighted everyone’s seasoned abilities, their ability to change between the styles of Buck Owens, The Beatles, Johnny Cash and Doc Watson on a dime was even more impressive. And somewhere in between the land of originals and remakes came “Turn Your Smart Phone On,” a post-millennial take on the similarly named bluegrass standard that injected some humor into this hearty display of somewhat under the radar artists more than worthy of the airtime.”
– ANDY ARGYRAKIS, Chicago Concert Reviews

“…gorgeously harmonizing duo, Nell Robinson and Jim Nunally, roots musicians whose songs blur the boundaries of country, folk, and bluegrass, have come up with something novel to keep their fans’ attention and perhaps rope in some new ones. In April, the released a five-song EP. In June, they’ll release another five-songs, and then five more in August and again in September.”
– DERK RICHARDSON, Peghead Nation, KPFA

“Nell Robinson, singer songwriter from Alabama, has been compared with early Dolly Parton, Hazel Dickens and a modern Patsy Cline. The album and songs together with a collection of stories, letters and poems, almost serve in a similar way to a documentary about the families of soldiers during in war.”
– FATEA

“Robinson’s heartfelt vocals and soaring harmonies are perfect for the traditional bluegrass standards and old country tracks.”
– MICHAEL BRODER VAN DYKE

“On the Brooklyn Road is an engaging and homespun collection of 12 bluegrass and country gems. Highly recommended.”
– GREG ROBSON, Resident Media Pundit

“I don’t believe in reincarnation and the chronology is a bit off as their time on earth has some overlap, but darned if Nell Robinson doesn’t sound like a reincarnated Hazel Dickens.”
– KEVIN OLIVER, Music That Matters

“In country music terms the South has “risen again” with singer Nell Robinson. Like David Allan Coe, Nell Robinson likes old songs. Her first disc, Loango, charted on the Bluegrass/Americana charts in America, and now we have a stunning  second helping.”
– PAUL RILEY, Country Music People

“With a voice reminiscent of Elizabeth Cook, Robinson’s music is pure Appalachian front porch in style, truly a treasure.”
– KEN MORTON Jr., That Nashville Sound

“Nell Robinson’s On The Brooklyn Road paints the past and present in perfect sepia tones”
– JOSHUA FARBER, Cover Lay Down

“The originals are wonderful, and the old songs with Robinson’s sharp arrangements are even moreso. Robinson delivers beautifully.”
– FRANK ROBERTS, CBS news

“Robinson’s mixture of creative songwriting, top notch musicianship, and comical stories allows her to achieve her apparent goal of connecting with fans. Both witty and sweet.”
– JOHN CURTIS GOAD, Bluegrass Today

“(Note) a quietly electrifying rendition of Can’t Help Falling In Love With You.  Robinson, in full swoon, sends the love song out with all the grace she would bring to a hymn, a modest, reserved confession every bit as credible as the emotion Elvis conjured in making this one of his signature songs”
– DAVID MCGEE, The Bluegrass Special

“Nell’s new original songs display her gift of story-telling. This lovingly-crafted album will inspire you to look back to your own family roots, and like Nell, you might find some amazing surprises in the old stories and memories of a bygone time.”
– ART HANSON, Host, Americana Breakdown

“Among the qualities that separate her from the masters is her sense of humor, notable in her romantically dubious original Don’t Light My Fire. Her neo-old-time ballads Red Clay Creek (co-written with Jim Nunally) and Wahatchee (co-written with Laurie Lewis), both based on historical events, are grim indeed.”
– JEROME CLARK, Editor, Author, Songwriter

“Nell’s Don’t Light My Fire has shades of Dolly Parton about it — absolutely brilliantly written.”
– PETER MASSEY, Greenman Review

“Nell’s voice is so pure, and her personality and singing is an outpouring of joy that is infectious. Jim’s guitar picking validates all the picking awards he has won. He is absolutely one of the best guitar pickers on the planet. He makes the guitar strings dance. Together they were absolutely fantastic. We look forward to the release of their duo CD soon, and to their musical chemistry back at Magic Circle Theatre soon.”
– BUCKY JACKSON, Magic Circle Theater

 

 

Rose of No Man's Land

Rose of No-Man’s Land #1 Folk Album
Nell Robinson #1 Folk Artist

“This uniquely crafted concert (also a PBS show, featured in Music Gone Public) showcasing Nell Robinson’s lush vocal quality and artisan story telling…”
do NYC

“Nell’s original haunting song ‘Wahatchee’ is fierce and powerful…”
CMT Edge

“Two-time Grammy winner and folk icon Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and award-winning flat picker Jim Nunally of the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience tour for The ROSE, originated at Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage Coffee House six years ago and has gone on to entertain audiences at the Kennedy Center and around the country.”
TimeOut World

“I found Nell to be an adventurous, passionate artist … one of the few who can conceive a dramatic idea and give birth to the creation in a powerful form. Music is the ultimate communication tool and Nell’s songs, performance and album moved the WoodSongs audience deeply! A fine person and a fine artist, ’nuff said.”
– MICHAEL JOHNATHON, woodsongs old-time radio hour

“Heretofore unexplored metaphors and similes abound in this bouncy tune (Life in the Garden) that should put Robinson (think somewhere between Emmy Lou Harris and Patty Griffin) and Nunally, as writers and singers, on the map. A fun tune that will make a bunch of songwriters wonder why they didn’t think of that!”
– RICK MOORE, American Songwriter

“With the help Grammy-winning producer Joe Henry, Robinson’s roots are fleshed out in vivid detail, especially on lead single ‘Scots Irish’- a speedy mandolin number (written by Rodney Crowell)”
The Bluegrass Situation

“Nell Robinson’s Rose of No-Man’s Land – Pick of the Week!”
Boston Globe

“The focus of Rose of No-Man’s Land tour is not on whether a war was right or wrong, rather it’s about the effect of war on families — the men and women who leave to fight, and the loved ones they leave behind.”
The Union

“Nell tells the story of an American family’s musical journey with songs from the Revolutionary War to the present. The era is Vietnam for Ramblin’ Jack Elliott as he reads a soldiers mail on their rendition of Johnny Cash’s ‘Drive On.’ ”
The Alternate Route

“On her album ROSE, produced by Joe Henry, Americana songstress Robinson takes inspiration from archived letters, documents, mementos and generational lore, all centered on armed service involving her Alabama ancestors.”
The Globe & Mail

“Nell Robinson & ‘The Rose of No-Man’s Land’ integrates the heritage of her own Alabama family’s history since her ancestor John Robinson led the Pilgrims into the New World. The music and song collection stands on its own for originality and beauty.”
Capital Radio

“I was quite startled by the sheer purity of their voices, and stark arrangements of these songs, and the gorgeous lyrics.”- All Music Guide

“Rife with metaphors and similes comparing life and love to all things in nature, I can’t think of another record like this one, ever. The beauty, sorrow and complexity of life are explored in a simple and straightforward way by two people singing harmony with one guitar, hearkening back to the days when the Carter family first came out of the hills of Virginia.”
– RICK MOORE, American Songwriter

“There’s an earthiness to these cuts that will almost make you think you are listening to some alternate cuts from a Carter Family session from the 1930s. The writing and the instrumentation are that much old-school sounding that it will no doubt take you back.”
– CHUCK DAUPHIN, Billboard, Music News Nashville

“Twelve Alabama Bans You Should Listen To: While her real name is actually Hilary Perkins, she uses Nell Robinson as her stage name to honor her grandmother — another nod to her Alabama ancestry. Having been likened to early Emmylou Harris and Victoria Williams, A Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor commented, ‘People aren’t going to believe what they just heard…’ in response to Robinson’s talent.”
– HANK SFORZINI, Paste Magazine

“Nell and Jim share a very natural chemistry. This is the first time I can recall having been moved to tears during a soundcheck!”
– MIKE MULLINS, Cache Valley Drifters

“The disc (On the Brooklyn Road) has a wonderful stripped down version of Loretta Lynn’s I’m A Honky Tonk Girl with Rob Ickes on Dobro and Jim Nunally on guitar. Nell’s soulful vocal may just make this the best cover version of the song.”
– PAUL RILEY, Country Music People

“Flat good roots music. She can sound uncannily like Emmylou Harris but she also has a bit of Donna Hughes’s mountain cry, along with her own sense of phrasing and delivery to mark her as an original stylist.”
– DAVID MCGEE, Bluegrass Special

“Brimming with Southern charm, Nell’s original and traditional songs showcase her lovely, crystal-clear voice.”
APRIL WOLFE, No Depression

“One of the most refreshing voices in bluegrass.”
MIKE SADAVAPenguin Eggs Magazine (Canada)

“In the sweet abandon of her vocals, her songs have raw emotional power.”
– MICHAEL DEVLIN, Music Matters

“Like a modern-day Patsy Cline, on par with Emmylou.”
– EMILY SAVAGE, San Francisco Bay Guardian