PRESTONSBURG, Ky. — Like many other musicians during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Nicholas Jamerson is taking his shows online following the cancellation/postponement of his remaining March and April tour dates.
Following impromptu live streams on his official Facebook page in recent days, it was announced last Friday that the artist would also be performing during the Master Musicians’ Social Distance Fest
—a collaboration between Lexington indie rock group Buck the Taxidermist, music club The Burl and the Somerset, Ky. based Master Musicians Festival—on Sunday, March 29, from 7-8 p.m. Also performing during the week-long virtual festival taking place from March 23-29 will be Sumbuck (the solo project of Taylor Meier of CAAMP) along with Ben Sollee, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Blackfoot Gypsies, Mikaela Davis and Brother Smith, among others.
Recently, Kentucky Country Music shared “Ride,” the first single from Jamerson’s new album The Wild Frontier (Available now for pre-order via Apple Music
) out April 20 via The Bingo Shack. Listen/share “Ride” HERE
“Ride” is a lonesome tale that introduces listeners to Will of The Wild Frontier, the album’s primary protagonist who in the song is fighting off notions of laziness and complacency by beginning his journey to pursue his heart’s biggest dreams (“Straight into the sun is a good place to start / It’s amazing what’s created when you follow the heart”).
“Ride, is a song written about new beginnings,” said Jamerson. “It was for myself during a time where I was just starting the journey as a solo artist. I had no one telling me to make the changes I was making, only my heart pulling me in a direction that I needed to go both professionally and personally. Sometimes when you don’t know where to go or what to do, starting can be the hardest part. This song is about getting on the metaphorical horse and riding it just to see where it goes.”
The Wild Frontier was produced at MIMUS Studios in Winder, Georgia, with Levi Lowrey, an area musician and composer best known for his work with the Zac Brown Band.
Joining Jamerson throughout The Wild Frontier are backing band The Morning Jays comprised of Wes Smith (acoustic/electric guitar, keys, mandolin), Aaron Smith (fiddle, mandolin), Jordan Allen (bass), Thomas Albert (pedal steel, electric guitar) and Lawrence Nemenz (percussion). Also included are spot appearances from brother Joby Jamerson, Lowrey, Benji Shanks, Mark Stephens, Matt Meneffee and Emily Davis.
“I think this is my best performance from a vocal standpoint,” said Jamerson. “I feel like I’ve learned to relax a lot more in my waking life and it has translated into my singing. For the longest time I would go into the studio and sing as hard as I could. I thought the harder you sang the more people would feel it.”
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